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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Birds of a Feather: 1916

Birds of a Feather: 1916

1916. "N.R. Wood of Smithsonian Institution mounting birds." Our second look at Nelson Wood in his natural habitat. Harris & Ewing glass neg. View full size.

 

Plucky

Being of the bald guild myself, perhaps I'm prejudiced, but when I look at this photo and the previous one, I see a craftsman.

Mirror image

Many people believe that pet-owners look like their pets, to a certain degree. I would like to propose that some workers look like their subjects.

Available Aves

Maybe someone can find this very bird on a search. You can go here and search the Smithsonian bird database. You can also search on "Wood, N. R." in the collector field of the advanced search and find instances of his work. The search results, no photos I've seen so far, are interesting that he is still recorded in a field of the database almost a 100 years later.

According to the SI: "The Division of Birds, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, houses and maintains the third largest bird collection in the world with over 625,000 specimens. Our National Collection has representatives of about 80% of the approximately 9600 known species in the world's avifauna."

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