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Smithsonian Seventy-six years ago, the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the U.S. fl

National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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Seventy-six years ago, the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor. This amphibious seaplane—the Sikorsky JRS-1—is the only aircraft in our @airandspacemuseum that was there on Dec. 7, 1941. It's now on display at the museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.

Smithsonian 🎄Cheer is spreading to our Castle's Great Hall.

Smithsonian Institution Building

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🎄Cheer is spreading to our Castle's Great Hall.

Smithsonian #ThrowbackThursday to an exhibit of chickens in the United States Nati

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

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#ThrowbackThursday to an exhibit of chickens in the United States National Museum, now known as @smithsoniannmnh. 🐓🐓🐓 In this 1920s lantern slide from our @smithsonianarchives, ornithologist Dr. Herbert Friedmann stands in the museum’s bird hall and takes a gander at the display. #tbt

Smithsonian #NoShaveNovember? Not in 17th-century Russia, when Peter the Great out

National Museum of American History

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#NoShaveNovember? Not in 17th-century Russia, when Peter the Great outlawed facial hair in 1698. He tried to modernize and westernize Russia, and wanted his countrymen to be clean-shaven like their European counterparts. So he imposed a hefty tax on beards, which was on the books until 1772. If you could afford it, you paid the tax and got a token to show you'd paid for the right to have a beard. The ban was taken seriously: If you were caught without your beard token, your facial hair could be cut off on the spot. This Russian beard token from 1705 is now part of the National Numismatic Collection at our @amhistorymuseum.

Smithsonian It looks like a sunset landscape, but this is a piece of petrified woo

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

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It looks like a sunset landscape, but this is a piece of petrified wood in our @smithsoniannmnh's collection. It's from Arizona, where silica-rich groundwater permeated the wood with fine-grained quartz. What started as living matter is now nearly all quartz. Impurities in the quartz (like iron and carbon) produce colors in the petrified wood.

Smithsonian You'll see a lot of these if you're hitting #BlackFriday sales today.

National Museum of American History

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You'll see a lot of these if you're hitting #BlackFriday sales today. 💵 This 1914 cash register (made by the aptly named National Cash Register Company) was used in a Marshall Field & Company department store. Department stores were slow to install cash registers as supervisors could not easily monitor cashiers, spread throughout the store, for honesty and efficiency. Now the model is in our @amhistorymuseum's collection.

Smithsonian Happy #Thanksgiving! Holiday greeting from our @amhistorymuseum's Wars

National Museum of American History

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Happy #Thanksgiving! Holiday greeting from our @amhistorymuseum's Warshaw Collection of Business Americana.

Smithsonian When you're the first person ready for dinner.As #Thanksgiving appro

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When you're the first person ready for dinner. As #Thanksgiving approaches, we're also celebrating #Catsgiving with this early 1900s photo of a fetching feline. It's from @smithsoniangardens' Archives of American Gardens in the Thomas W. Sears Collection, which documents the work of the landscape architect and amateur photographer from Brookline, Massachusetts. The collection includes more than 4,600 black and white glass negatives and glass lantern slides, c. 1900 to 1966, though few images are captioned or dated specifically. Most are of private and public gardens—plus this cat.

Smithsonian #Thanksgiving meal prep in progress. 🥔🥔🥔 W. H. Martin cut and

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

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#Thanksgiving meal prep in progress. 🥔🥔🥔 W. H. Martin cut and pasted different photos together to juxtapose huge produce or game with tiny people. He then photographed these not-to-scale images and printed them on postcard stock. Western settlers often sent Martin's popular images back east to friends and relatives. This one, "A Potato Harvest" from the 1910s, is now in our @americanartmuseum.

Smithsonian It’s Friday! That means that not only do we open our “Recent Acqui

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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It’s Friday! That means that not only do we open our “Recent Acquisitions” show today (yay!), but also that today’s post features the @smithsoniannpg’s final Portrait of a Nation Prize recipient for #PortraitGala17: Rita Moreno. “I knew this girl…I’ve been Anita.” That’s what Rita Moreno said when she landed the iconic role of Anita in the film adaptation of “West Side Story.” After a decade of being typecast and fulfilling submissive ethnic roles, Moreno went on to be the first Latina to receive an Oscar when she won Best Supporting Actress. She went on to EGOT, winning a Tony, two Emmys and a Grammy in addition to her Academy Award. The absence of positive portrayals of Puerto Ricans in the media led photographer @ADAL to document trailblazers in the arts, science and community activism . Thank you so much for following our takeover this week! For more posts like this, hop over to @smithsoniannpg.

Smithsonian Just as he confronts the viewer in this @jessefrohman photograph, @off

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Just as he confronts the viewer in this @jessefrohman photograph, @officialspikelee has no qualms about confronting hot-button issues in his films and documentaries. His career includes works such as “Do the Right Thing,” “Malcom X” and “4 Little Girls.” Lee has received critical acclaim for his original, pioneering films. Jesse Frohman, a former studio manager for photographer Irving Penn, focuses his lens on celebrities and is known for works that exude a sense of strength and a quiet energy. Spike Lee’s work has had a profound influence on American culture. He’s one of this year’s recipients of the @smithsoniannpg’s Portrait of a Nation prize. Only one more post left in our takeover! Anyone know the last honoree at #PortraitGala17?

Smithsonian Bill T. Jones is one of the most innovative dancers, directors and cho

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Bill T. Jones is one of the most innovative dancers, directors and choreographers of our time. Since the founding of his dance company in 1982, Jones has used his craft to explore contemporary ideas of identity and race. His performances are eloquent expressions of movement and thoughtful thematic meditations. Jones’ portrait is by the artist Robert Mapplethorpe, whose stylized black and white images have distinguished him as one of America’s most provocative and important photographers. Bill T. Jones has been named a MacArthur “genius” fellow, and this weekend @smithsoniannpg will honor him with the Portrait of a Nation prize. Hope you’re enjoying our takeover! Only four more days until #PotraitGala17.