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White Onion VII

view White Onion VII digital asset number 1
Artist:
Alice Ballard Munn, born Florence, SC 1945
Medium:
hand-built white earthenware with terra sigillata
Dimensions:
31 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (79.6 x 16.4 x 15.5 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Ceramic
Crafts
Date:
2001
Topic:
Object\vegetable\onion
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art
Object number:
2002.30
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2002.30

Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)

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Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 7 1/8 in. (25.4 x 18.0 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1901
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Nodding onion
Study\botanical study\Allium cernuum
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.641
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Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.641

Northern Onion (Allium sibiricum)

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Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 7 in. (25.5 x 17.8 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1920
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Allium sibiricum
Study\botanical study\Northern onion
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.3
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Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.3

Siberian Onion (Allium sibericum)

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Artist:
Mary Vaux Walcott, born Philadelphia, PA 1860-died St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1940
Medium:
watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 x 6 7/8 in. (25.4 x 17.6 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1903
Topic:
Study\botanical study\Allium sibiricum
Study\botanical study\Siberian onion
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1970.355.720
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1970.355.720

Pottery Onion

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Donor Name:
Dr. Lilly D. Osborne
Object Type:
Figure
Place:
Guatemala, Central America
Accession Date:
1966-Jul-07
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
29 Dec 2014
Topic:
Ethnology
Accession Number:
268424
USNM Number:
E404451-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8434029

Onion Digger

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Donor Name:
Royal Siamese Commission, Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Culture:
Not Given
Object Type:
Digging Tool
Place:
Thailand, Asia
Accession Date:
1905-Jun-03
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
1 Dec 2014
Topic:
Ethnology
Accession Number:
044425
USNM Number:
E235354-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8368781
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Bracero in Onion Field

view Bracero in Onion Field digital asset: A bracero fills onions in a box in a field in the Salinas Valley, California.
Photographer:
Nadel, Leonard
Object Name:
negative
Place Made:
United States: California, Salinas Valley
Date photographed:
1956
Description:
Photograph: A bracero fills a box with onions in a field in the Salinas Valley, California.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Mexican
Immigration
Bracero
Migration
Migrant Workers
Related event:
Bracero Program
ID Number:
2004.0138.31.22
Catalog number:
2004.0138.31.22
Accession number:
2004.0138
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Archives Center: Archives
Work
Agriculture
Government, Politics, and Reform
Leonard Nadel
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1354030

View of Onion Field

view View of Onion Field digital asset: View over an onion field in the Salinas Valley, California.
Photographer:
Nadel, Leonard
Object Name:
negative
Place Made:
United States: California, Salinas Valley
Date photographed:
1956
Description:
Photograph: An onion field stands in the Salinas Valley, California.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Mexican
Immigration
Bracero
Migration
Migrant Workers
Related event:
Bracero Program
ID Number:
2004.0138.31.25
Accession number:
2004.0138
Catalog number:
2004.0138.31.25
See more items in:
Archives Center: Archives
Work
Agriculture
Government, Politics, and Reform
Leonard Nadel
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1354033

Braceros in Onion Field

view Braceros in Onion Field digital asset: Braceros load boxes of green onions onto a truck in a field in the Salinas Valley, California.
Photographer:
Nadel, Leonard
Object Name:
negative
Place Made:
United States: California, Salinas Valley
Date photographed:
1956
Description:
Photograph: Braceros load boxes of green onions onto a truck in a field in the Salinas Valley, California.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Immigration
Bracero
Mexican
Migration
Migrant Workers
Related event:
Bracero Program
ID Number:
2004.0138.35.22
Accession number:
2004.0138
Catalog number:
2004.0138.35.22
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Archives Center: Archives
Work
Agriculture
Government, Politics, and Reform
Leonard Nadel
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1354165

Bracero on Onion Truck

view Bracero on Onion Truck digital asset: A bracero stands on a truck full of boxes of green onions in the Salinas Valley, California.
Photographer:
Nadel, Leonard
Object Name:
negative
Place Made:
United States: California, Salinas Valley
Date photographed:
1956
Description:
Photograph: A bracero stands on a truck full of boxes of green onions in the Salinas Valley, California.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Immigration
Bracero
Mexican
Migration
Migrant Workers
Related event:
Bracero Program
ID Number:
2004.0138.35.23
Accession number:
2004.0138
Catalog number:
2004.0138.35.23
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Archives Center: Archives
Work
Agriculture
Government, Politics, and Reform
Leonard Nadel
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1354166

View of Onion Field

view View of Onion Field digital asset: View over an onion field in the Salinas Valley, California.
Photographer:
Nadel, Leonard
Object Name:
negative
Place Made:
United States: California, Salinas Valley
Date photographed:
1956
Description:
Photograph: An onion field stands in the Salinas Valley, California.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Bracero
Mexican
Immigration
Migration
Migrant Workers
Related event:
Bracero Program
ID Number:
2004.0138.36.03
Accession number:
2004.0138
Catalog number:
2004.0138.36.03
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Archives Center: Archives
Work
Agriculture
Government, Politics, and Reform
Leonard Nadel
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1354188

View of Onion Field

view View of Onion Field digital asset: View over an onion field in the Salinas Valley, California.
Photographer:
Nadel, Leonard
Object Name:
negative
Place Made:
United States: California, Salinas Valley
Date photographed:
1956
Description:
Photograph: An onion field stands in the Salinas Valley, California.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Bracero
Mexican
Immigration
Migration
Migrant Workers
Related event:
Bracero Program
ID Number:
2004.0138.36.04
Accession number:
2004.0138
Catalog number:
2004.0138.36.04
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Archives Center: Archives
Work
Agriculture
Government, Politics, and Reform
Leonard Nadel
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1354189

View of Onion Field

view View of Onion Field digital asset: View over a field in the Western United States.
Photographer:
Nadel, Leonard
Object Name:
negative
Place Made:
United States: Western United States
Date photographed:
1956
Description:
Photograph: An onion field stands in the Western United States.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Bracero
Mexican
Immigration
Migration
Migrant Workers
Related event:
Bracero Program
ID Number:
2004.0138.35.43
Accession number:
2004.0138
Catalog number:
2004.0138.35.43
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Archives Center: Archives
Work
Agriculture
Government, Politics, and Reform
Leonard Nadel
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1354186

View of Onion Field

view View of Onion Field digital asset: View over a field in the Western United States.
Photographer:
Nadel, Leonard
Object Name:
negative
Place Made:
United States: California
Date photographed:
1956
Description:
Photograph: An onion field stands in the Western United States.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Bracero
Mexican
Immigration
Migration
Migrant Workers
Related event:
Bracero Program
ID Number:
2004.0138.35.44
Accession number:
2004.0138
Catalog number:
2004.0138.35.44
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Archives Center: Archives
Work
Agriculture
Government, Politics, and Reform
Leonard Nadel
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1354187

Onions

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Artist:
Frank McClure, born Lafayette, IN 1896-died Washington, DC 1979
Medium:
ink
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Topic:
Still life\vegetable\onion
Still life\other\basket
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Frank McClure
Object number:
1979.98.397
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Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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edanmdm:saam_1979.98.397

Supervising Braceros in Onion Field

view Supervising Braceros in Onion Field digital asset: A field representative for the growers association in the Salinas Valley, California, and one of the growers of an onion field look over a group of braceros working in the field.
Photographer:
Nadel, Leonard
Object Name:
negative
Place Made:
United States: California, Salinas Valley
Date photographed:
1956
Description:
Photograph: A grower and a growers association field representative look over a group of braceros working in an onion field in the Salinas Valley, California.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Mexican
Immigration
Bracero
Migration
Migrant Workers
Related event:
Bracero Program
ID Number:
2004.0138.31.17
Accession number:
2004.0138
Catalog number:
2004.0138.31.17
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Archives Center: Archives
Work
Agriculture
Government, Politics, and Reform
Leonard Nadel
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1354025

Sign of the Blue Onion

view Sign of the Blue Onion digital asset: Sign of the Blue Onion, 1956
Collection Creator:
Spark, Victor D. (Victor David), 1898-1991
Container:
Box 12, Folder 89
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1956
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Victor D. Spark papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Victor D. Spark papers, circa 1830-1983, bulk 1930-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Victor D. Spark papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-sparvict-ref1054

This Onion Will Never Make You Cry

view This Onion Will Never Make You Cry digital asset number 1
Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:31:47 +0000
Blog Post Category:
Smart News
Smart News Ideas & Innovations
Description:

Even Shakespeare felt the doleful properties of onions. “The tears that live in an onion should water this sorrow,” he wrote in Antony and Cleopatra. But now there are happier culinary days on the horizon. House Food Groups, one of Japan’s largest food manufacturers, has just come out with a tear-free version of the notoriously eye-burning bulbs.

House Foods first identified the enzyme behind the onion’s pungent properties in 2002—a discovery that earned them the Ig Nobel Prize. In the years since, the company has figured out how to weaken theses enzymes by bombarding an onion with irradiating ions.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

House Foods said all 20 of its employees didn’t taste any pungency in the resulting onions, which have the added benefit of not leaving a strong smell on the cook’s hands or the breath of those who eat them. “It not only reduces the tears, but should put more smiles” on the faces of whoever is in the kitchen, the company said.

Onions make you cry because they release a compound once they are cut or crushed. It's an evolutionary design to repel bugs or animals that try to eat it. As chemist Erick Block explained to NPR:

They’re there to allow the plant to survive in a very hardscrabble world, a world where there are lots of worms in the ground and animals that would devour something that exists and has to survive as a bulb in the ground … Plants can’t run, so they stay and fight, and they’re wonderful at it.

House Foods has not yet made plans to release their new onions commercially. Until they do, Block has some other tips to help you enjoy actually cooking the vegetable: cool it down before cutting it (which reduces its volatility), use a kitchen hood to pull the fumes out or chop it under water so that the compounds are not released into the air. Try it out, and hopefully the only thing watering will be your mouth.

Topic:
0
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Smithsonian Article Database
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
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edanmdm:posts_d772cbcc3de16e592ae17d55661e2f44

Picking seed in a great onion field (E.) at Quedlinburg. 10429 Interpositive

view Picking seed in a great onion field (E.) at Quedlinburg. 10429 Interpositive digital asset number 1
Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on glass
1 item, 5" x 8"
Type:
Photographs
Stereoscopic photographs
Place:
Germany
Quedlinburg (Germany)
Date:
1900-1910
Notes:
Currently stored in box 3.2.35 [228].
111941
Series title:
GERMANY TOUR
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453
Topic:
Agriculture
Fields
Onions
Women laborers
Local number:
RSN 24054
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection 1895-1921
Data Source:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_161924

Onion gardens, Sanga region, Mali, [negative]

view Onion gardens, Sanga region, Mali, [negative] digital asset number 1
Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot
Physical description:
photographic negative b&w; 35mm
Culture:
Dogon (African people)
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Negatives
Place:
Africa
Mali
Date:
1970
Notes:
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
Organization:
Image index by negative number and EEPA subject categories
Summary:
"Agricultural activity is dedicated to the onion gardens whose small squares full of onion shoots transform the ground into a chessboard. This cultivation is of great economic importance as these onions, pounded, rolled into balls and dried, are the Dogon's only exportable crop. In the Sanga region, the surface area covered by these plots has increased significantly thanks to the dam built by Marcel Griaule in 1949." [Calame-Griaule G., 2004: The Dogon: A Balancing Act on the Cliffs. In Dogon: People of the Cliffs. 5 Continents Editions srl]. During his trip to Mali, Elisofon visited the Dogon people in Sanga (Sangha), a group of thirteen villages lying east of Bandiagara at the top of an escarpment. The most important villages are Ogol-du-Haut and Ogol-du-Bas. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, 950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20560-0708
Topic:
Agriculture
Local number:
EENG-IV-26, 7A
EEPA EENG 10532
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Eliot Elisofon Field photographs 1942-1972
Data Source:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_271685

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