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Smithsonian Today we remember #ArethaFranklin, the Queen of Soul. In this 1968 pos

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Today we remember #ArethaFranklin, the Queen of Soul. In this 1968 poster in @smithsoniannpg, legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser conveys the creative energy of Franklin’s performances. This piece will be on view on the museum's "In Memoriam" space starting tomorrow and will remain on display through August 22.

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Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

  • 16.08.2018 00:44
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Sorry we missed #SharkWeek, it took us a little while to swim here. The dwarf lantern shark is the smallest shark—it can fit in your hand—and has large, elongated eyes that allow it to see in almost complete darkness deep in the ocean. Like other lantern sharks, the dwarf lantern shark has light-emitting organs called photophores along its belly and fins. They work as camouflage when the shark feeds in shallower water, as their bodies blend in with sunlight that filters into the ocean. They're a mysterious species and have only been spotted a few times off the northern tip of South America. This specimen, from the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Colombia, is in our @smithsoniannmnh.

Smithsonian Enjoying the dog days of summer? Not sure this one is. Woodblock prin

Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries

  • 15.08.2018 00:05
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Enjoying the dog days of summer? Not sure this one is. Woodblock print (1926) by Japanese artist Takahashi Shōtei in our @freersackler.

Smithsonian When the U.S. parcel post service was just starting out, some customer

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

  • 14.08.2018 00:15
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When the U.S. parcel post service was just starting out, some customers decided to test the limits on what could be mailed—which, for a time, included postmarking their children. This is a staged photo from our @nationalpostalmuseum; in reality, children traveled with trusted postal workers (not in mailbags). The first child mailed in the U.S. was a boy in Ohio in 1913. It only cost 15 cents to send to him about a mile to his grandmother, but his parents did insure their child for $50. While it was *technically* allowed for a couple years, the U.S. Postmaster General soon issued a "no humans" rule for the mail and the practice ended in 1915.

Smithsonian Today is our birthday! 🎂 The Smithsonian was officially created on

  • 10.08.2018 14:28
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Today is our birthday! 🎂 The Smithsonian was officially created on August 10, 1846, and one of the first things on the to-do list was constructing a building. This 1850 glass lantern slide is the earliest-known photo of our Smithsonian Institution Building, known as the Castle, and the only image we have of it under construction. Only two of the Castle’s nine towers were completed—if you look closely, you can see a crane rising over the North Tower. Our Smithsonian baby photo, taken by William and Frank Langenheim, is on display in the Castle.

Smithsonian There are more than 8,000 living specimens in @smithsoniangardens' orc

  • 10.08.2018 00:51
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There are more than 8,000 living specimens in @smithsoniangardens' orchid collection, and now you can see them all in incredible detail online. Our @sixdigi team recently digitized the collection—one of the most important in the world—so scholars and orchid enthusiasts can explore from anywhere. How do you digitize an orchid? The team takes photos of each plant from multiple angles using very high-resolution (80 megapixel) digital cameras, then integrates those images into an online record with more information. You can search for specific plants by name, taxonomy or flower color. Visit si.edu/spotlight/orchids (link in bio) to see them all. 1️⃣Rhyncattleanthe Roy’s Magic 2️⃣Laelia anceps 3️⃣Epidendrum Pacific Sunset 4️⃣Phalaenopsis Brother Lawrence

Smithsonian Our face when we realize it's #InternationalCatDay.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

  • 09.08.2018 00:33
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Our face when we realize it's #InternationalCatDay. "Woman with Cat" (1979), by Jody Mussoff in our @hirshhorn.

Smithsonian How do we feed the animals at @smithsonianzoo? It's not that different

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

  • 08.08.2018 00:38
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How do we feed the animals at @smithsonianzoo? It's not that different than running a fine dining restaurant. The Zoo uses restaurant-grade produce. Early-morning deliveries include fresh fruits, vegetables, meat—and crickets. But we also have farm-to-table dining, and grow all our own hay, plus corn and mountains of bamboo to feed the pandas. Here, playing with your food is a good thing. Popcorn is popular for encouraging natural foraging behavior in apes. They spend hours picking through the grasses of their exhibits to find individual pieces, helping them stay mentally stimulated and engaged in their surroundings. Condiments can go a long way in jazzing up less-than-appetizing ingredients. Elephants enjoy a dash of hot sauce, and variety ensures that the more than 1,800 animals get a meal they'll love.

Smithsonian ☀️ Can you feel the sunshine in this mural miniature

Cooper Hewitt

  • 03.08.2018 00:42
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☀️ Can you feel the sunshine in this mural miniature "El Sol" (the sun) by modernist painter Joan Miró? The 1948 piece in our @cooperhewitt shows his use of simplified, stylized forms and a limited color palette. Miró and other artists were commissioned by New York wallpaper manufacturers Katzenbach & Warren to create an original work of art that would be reproduced in limited edition silk screen prints. Many firms were hurting financially after World War II (when their materials were directed to the war effort) and they turned to renowned artists to challenge consumers' ideas of wallpaper as old and stodgy. The full mural was 4 by 6 feet—large enough to fill a wall—and the miniature is just about 12 by 17.5 inches.

Smithsonian August is #NationalPicnicMonth! This 1880s basket kept food insulated

  • 02.08.2018 00:35
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August is #NationalPicnicMonth! This 1880s basket kept food insulated for picnics or summer trips. Hare’s Patent Refrigerator Baskets were advertised as being “in fact, MINIATURE REFRIGERATORS, with Ice-Box all complete.” The basket was lined with tin, surrounded by felt, and had an air-tight lid so perishable items like fish or butter could be stored safely. In cold weather, the icebox could be removed and you could use the basket to keep a hot meal warm. The basket was shown in the 1881 Conroy, Bissett & Malleson trade catalog, "Illustrated Retail Price List, and Hand-Book for Sportsmen," in our @silibraries.

Smithsonian 💜 purple? Synthetic purple dye came from a teenage chemist's failed

  • 01.08.2018 01:03
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💜 purple? Synthetic purple dye came from a teenage chemist's failed experiment. In 1856, William Henry Perkin was searching for a malaria treatment and instead produced one of the world’s first synthetic dyes, when oily residue from coal tar stained silk a bright purple. Before that, fabric dyes had to be made from natural sources like roots or insects, and were very expensive. Synthetic dyes spread rapidly through the fashion world—seen here in the 1861 edition of Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine from @silibraries. Swipe to see an 1860 sample of “Perkin Mauve” dyed silk from our @amhistorymuseum.

Smithsonian Happy Monday from the seven cheetah cubs born this month at @smithsoni

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

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Happy Monday from the seven cheetah cubs born this month at @smithsonianzoo's Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.😻The cubs were born to first-time parents Erin and Rico, and all are doing well. Two of the cubs’ grandparents also live at SCBI, making them the third generation to live there, which is good news for the cheetah population worldwide. Cheetahs are described as “vulnerable” in the wild, with about 7,000 living in very fragmented habitats. SCBI is building a healthy and genetically diverse population of cheetahs in human care. #WeSaveSpecies