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Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 579A, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_265
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a stellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09136]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

A "Dendrite Star" Snowflakes Photomicrographed by Wilson A. Bentley

Author:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Subject:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 3" h x 3 1/2" w; Type of Image: Other; Medium: Albumen Print
Type:
Pictorial works
Other
Albumen print
Date:
c. 1890
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
A microphotograph of a "Dendrite Star" one of the seven basic shapes of snowflakes, photographed by Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931), known the world over as the "Snowflake Man." Bentley photographed at 17 with a bellows camera that had a microscope inside. He photographed his first snow crystal in 1885. He devoted the rest of his life to exploring these fascinating forms and photographed more than 5,000 snow crystals. A self-educated farmer, he pioneered "photomicrography," the photographing of very small objects. Bentley's interest in snowflakes led to his more recognized profession as a researcher and pioneer in photomicrographical studies between 1885 and his death in 1931. Bentley become the first person to photograph a single, unique snowflake.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Box 12, Folder: 17, Bentley Neg. # 591
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Photography
Photomicrography
Snowflakes
Standard number:
SIA2008-1395
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 1205 c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_263
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a stellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09168]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 951, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.6 x 3.1
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_267
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a lamellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09126]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 1206, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.1
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_269
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a stellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09170]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 562, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_271
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a stellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09169]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 10, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_273
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a stellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09167]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 332, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_275
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a stellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09132]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 349, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_278
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a tabular snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09129]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 80 c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_262
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a lamellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09171]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 976, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_264
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a stellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09135]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 234, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_266
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a lamellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09134]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 1152, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_268
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a stellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09131]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 482, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_270
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a tabular snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09127]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 1225, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_272
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a tabular snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09166]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 990, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.6 x 3.1
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_277
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a stellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09130]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Wilson Bentley's Snowflake 920, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.8 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_279
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley. This image is of a fern-stellar snowflake.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2013-09128]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Bentley Snowflake 342, c. 1890

Creator:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
3.7 x 3.2
Type:
Albumen prints
Date:
1890
c 1890
Notes:
Alternate ID: SPI_274
Summary:
Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley.
Topic:
Environmental sciences
Microscopes
Nature and society
Optics
Photomicrography
Science
Snow
Snowflakes
Symmetry
United States--History
Local number:
SIA RU000031 [SIA2008-1394]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Hot Topics in Archives Research

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Interviews
Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000
Description:

Winter’s arrival brings the annual increase of requests for photos by Wilson A. "Snowflake" Bentley (Record Unit 31 - Office of the Secretary, Correspondence, 1866-1906), Smithsonian Institution Archives, Neg. No. SIA2013-9128.

When asked what the Smithsonian Institution Archives collects, we say we hold records about the history of the Smithsonian and its people, programs, research, and activities. While accurate, this doesn’t really give anyone a clue about what is actually in those records.

The Smithsonian Institution Archives Reference Term handles an average of around 6,000 queries per year, and if you us what people have been researching at the Archives recently, you’ll get some pretty interesting responses. Although not comprehensive, here’s a snapshot of the diverse range of information encompassed by the history of the world’s largest museum complex!

Over the past three months, researcher projects have included:

  • National Museum of American History’s upcoming 50th anniversary
  • Theodore Roosevelt’s African expedition
  • Post-Modern historicism in exhibits
  • History of the American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists
  • Plant geography
  • The Paleontology Hall at the National Museum of Natural History, for renovations to the  Dinosaur  Hall
  • Collecting & interpreting objects relating to George Washington
  • William Healey Dall
  • The history of tropical research in the US
  • Zoological imagination in America

The Smithsonian's pilot aluminum-can recycling program started early in February 1990 when forty-four containers like the one pictured were placed at the National Museum of American History The US Department of State will use this photo on its internal website. Accession 98-015 - Office of Public Affairs, The Torch, 1989-1994, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Neg. No. 89-21916-8.

Upcoming publications using the Archives' photos or documents include:

  • Wright Brothers National Memorial, State of the Park Report
  • Leslie Bedford, The Art of Museum Exhibitions
  • Ted Binnema, Enlightened Zeal: The Hudson’s Bay Co. and Scientific Networks
  • The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark: the Institute and its Collections
  • Robert Kett, "Ornithologists in Olman," The Museum Journal, April 2014
  • Julian Zelizar, A Great Society: The Fight for Liberalism, 1963-1968

Annual List of Publications by Smithsonian Institution ArchivesFellows and Interns

  • Gibson, Abraham H. 2013. "Edward O. Wilson and the Organicist Tradition," The Journal of the History of Biology, 46 (3)
  • Gibson, Abraham H., Kwapich, Christina L. and Lang, Martha. 2013. "The Roots of Multilevel Selection: Concepts of Biological Individuality in the Early Twentieth Century." History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 35 (4)
  • Henson, Pamela M. 2013. "O Instituto Smithsonian: Arquivos e a Historia da Ciencia." Acervo, Revista Da Arquivo Nacional, 26 (1): 113-122.
  • Leventhal, Richard M. and Daniels, Brian I. 2013. "'Orphaned Objects,' Ethical Standards, and the Acquisition of Antiquities." DePaul Journal of Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property Law, 23 (2): 339-361.
  • Takarabe, Kae. 2013. "Bibliographical Essay on The History of Science and Technology at the Smithsonian Institution: Focusing on women in science and technology." The History of Science of Tokai, 5: 43-51.
  • Takarabe, Kae. 2013. "Essay on B. S. Lyman's Collecting Ainu Objects: Focusing on General Instructions to the Assistants of the Geological Survey of Hokkaido." Bulletin of the Historical Museum of Hokkaido, 41: 147-152.
  • Takarabe, Kae. 2013. "Research on Technological Innovation in Science Museums and the Use of its Results: A Case Study of the Smithsonian Institution." Lectures and Reports of 31th Symposium-Range and Scope of History of Technology in Japan: Learning about the History of Technology, and Technological, 3: 24-39.
  • Takarabe, Kae. 2012. "Study on the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation: Science Communication at the Smithsonian Institution." Journal of the Museological Society of Japan, 37 (2): 135-159.

Most Unusual Reference Inquiry: Does the Smithsonian have Radar's teddy bear from the TV show, M*A*S*H?

Most people assume the teddy bear owned by Radar (actor Gary Burghoff) came to the Smithsonian when the program ended. After all, we received the donation of a large collection of  M*A*S*H memorabilia that was displayed in a 1983 exhibit at the National Museum of American History.

A "Radar's Teddy bear" file in Record Unit 360 - National Museum of American History, Office of Public Affairs, Records, circa 1970-1985contains several 1984 memos planning an event at the National Museum of American History for the proposed donation. However, there's nothing that indicates that such an event ever occurred. The registrar's office at the National Museum of American History confirmed that the teddy bear had not been accessioned. Something must have happened to prevent the teddy bear donation.

Online research revealed that the teddy was missing until 2005, when it brought $10,000 at auction. In a  2007 Orlando Sentinal interview, Burghoff confirmed that the bear was never at the Smithsonian, had disappeared 30 years earlier, and was purchased at the aforementioned auction by a medical student who then sold the bear to him.

Now where was that bear between 1984 and 2005?

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Topic:
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Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Cover page and first page of W. A. Bentley's "Studies Among the Snow Crystals"

Author:
Bentley, W. A (Wilson Alwyn) 1865-1931
Physical description:
Number of Images: 2 Color: Color ; Size: 9 3/8w x 11 6/8h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper
Type:
Pictorial works
Document
Paper
Place:
United States
Date:
1902
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
SIA2011-0984 (cover), SIA2011-0985 (page 1).
Summary:
Cover page and first page of Wilson A. Bentley's "Studies Among the Snow Crystals" from 1902. Bentley, who invented the technique of microphotography of snowflakes and took thousands of images throughout his life, donated many of his snowflake photographs to the Smithsonian Institution in 1904.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Box 12, Folder 18: Bentley, Wilson A., 1902. Article on structure of snow crystals, including photographs
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Snow
Photography
Donors
Snowflakes
Crystallography
Photography--History
Photomicrography
Photography--Scientific applications
Standard number:
SIA2011-0984 and SIA2011-0985
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div

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