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1919. "Air view, National Museum (Smithsonian)." They call the Smithsonian Institution the nation's attic, but if they made it the nation's basement instead, the first term could more suitably be applied to the top of the Washington Monument. Here we see two visitors peering from its portals. Harris & Ewing. View full size.