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Carpet for Radio City Music Hall

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Designer:
Ruth Reeves, American, 1892–1966
Medium:
Medium: wool
Type:
woven textiles
Carpet for Radio City Music Hall
Made in:
New York, New York, USA
Date:
1932
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Fragment of carpet with a grid of six rectangles depicting guitar, saxophone, and other musical instruments. In dark orange, greys, black, and yellow.
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Robert Blasberg in memory of Robert Blasberg
Accession Number:
1987-69-1
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Radio City Music Hall: Carpet Design: Still Life with Violins and Wine Glasses

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Office of:
Donald Deskey, American, 1894–1989
Attributed to:
Donald Deskey, American, 1894–1989
Designer:
Ruth Reeves, American, 1892–1966
Medium:
Brush and brown, grey and black gouache, graphite on cream illustration board, lined
Culture:
American
Type:
interiors
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
USA
Date:
1932
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Pattern in browns, terra cotta, and navy blue of violins and wine glasses in diagonal rows so that one row of violins (their necks facing away from each other) interchages with alternating wine glass, violin, wine glass, violin.
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-42
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Radio City Music Hall and International Casino: Carpet Design-Violins and Wine Glasses

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Office of:
Donald Deskey, American, 1894–1989
Attributed to:
Donald Deskey, American, 1894–1989
Client:
Louis Brecker
Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York, USA
Samuel L. "Roxy" Rothafel
International Casino
Medium:
Brush and brown and tan gouache, graphite on off-white illustration board, lined.
Culture:
American
Type:
interiors
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Place:
USA
Made in:
USA
Date:
1932
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Pattern in shades of brown of violins and wine glasses placed in diagonal rows so that a row of two violins (with their necks facing away from each other) alternates with a row of three violins with wine glasses in between. See 1975-11-42 and 1975-11-43 for variations on the same pattern in different colorways.
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-41
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Carpet Design: Still Life with Musical Instruments, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

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Designer:
Ruth Reeves, American, 1892–1966
Office of:
Donald Deskey, American, 1894–1989
Client:
Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York, USA
Medium:
Brush and brown, tan, red, white gouache, graphite traces on cream wove paper, lined
Culture:
American
Type:
textile designs
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, USA
Date:
1932
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Grid of nine rectangles with abstracted forms of a guitar, accordion, and saxophone as motifs.
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1975-11-73
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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[E. Howard Clock Watchclocks Ledger, Volume 1, book.]

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Author:
E. Howard Clock Co
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 10.3" x 7.6"
Type:
Ledgers (account books)
Place:
Massachusetts
Boston (Mass.)
Date:
1904
1904-1918
January 16, 1904 to October 31, 1918
19th century
20th century
Summary:
Listing of clock serial numbers.
Cite as:
E. Howard Clock Co. Records, 1862-1930, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Clock and watch making
Clock and watch makers
Clocks and watches
Local number:
AC0776-08-01 (AC Scan)
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E. Howard Clock Co. Records 1862-1930
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Playbill for No Place To Be Somebody

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Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884
Metromedia, American, founded 1955
Subject of:
Charles Gordone, American, 1925 - 1995
Morosco Theatre, American, 1917 - 1982
Medium:
ink on paper with metal
Dimensions:
H x W x D (Closed): 9 1/16 × 6 × 1/16 in. (23 × 15.2 × 0.2 cm)
H x W x D (Open): 9 1/16 × 11 9/16 × 9/16 in. (23 × 29.3 × 1.5 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
September 1971
Topic:
African American
Broadway Theatre
Drama (Theatre)
Identity
Race relations
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kathleen M. Kendrick
Object number:
2015.64.11
Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

Playbill for Fences

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Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884
Used by:
Richard Rodgers Theatre, American, founded 1925
Subject of:
August Wilson, American, 1945 - 2005
James Earl Jones, American, born 1931
Mary Alice, American, born 1941
Ray Aranha, American, 1939 - 2011
Charles Brown, American, 1946 - 2004
Frankie R. Faison, American, born 1949
Karima Miller
Courtney Bernard Vance, American, born 1960
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. (21.3 x 14.3 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1987
Topic:
African American
Broadway Theatre
Drama (Theatre)
Race relations
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.27
Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Exhibition:
Taking the Stage
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

[E. Howard Clock customer lists, Volume 1, book.]

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Author:
E. Howard Clock Co
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 14.5" x 9.1"
Type:
Ledgers (account books)
Place:
Massachusetts
Boston (Mass.)
Date:
1900
Circa 1900
19th century
20th century
Summary:
Listing of custormer names.
Cite as:
E. Howard Clock Co. Records, 1862-1930, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Clock and watch making
Clock and watch makers
Clocks and watches
Local number:
AC0776-10-01.tif (AC Scan)
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E. Howard Clock Co. Records 1862-1930
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Leo Baekeland Diary Volume 36, 1923

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Author:
Baekeland, L. H (Leo Hendrik) 1863-1944
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 6.0" x 3.5"
Type:
Diaries
Date:
1923
April 13, 1923 to November 14, 1923
20th century
Cite as:
Leo H. Baekeland Papers, 1863-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Family
Local number:
AC0005-D36
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Leo H. Baekeland Papers
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Leo Baekeland Diary Volume 55, 1935

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Author:
Baekeland, L. H (Leo Hendrik) 1863-1944
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 6.0" x 3.5"
Type:
Diaries
Date:
1935
June 1, 1935 to December 31, 1935
20th century
Cite as:
Leo H. Baekeland Papers, 1863-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Family
Local number:
AC0005-D55
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Leo H. Baekeland Papers
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

W. Atlee Burpee & Company Seed Contests, 1924-1925

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Creator:
W. Atlee Burpee & Co
Physical description:
5 boxes
Type:
Advertising
Business records
Correspondence
Photographs
Place:
United States
Date:
1924
1924-1925
Notes:
These letters are presented as a window into life in 1920s and therefore may include terms and expressions that are offensive to contemporary readers. This material in no way reflects the views of the Smithsonian's Archives of American Gardens.
Summary:
This description is for subseries 3.2 of the W. Atlee Burpee & Company records.
In 1924 and 1925, the Burpee Company launched a prize-contest to recognize its faithful customers by asking them to write "What Burpee's Seeds Have Done for Me." Thousands entered for cash prizes by sending letters and photographs to the Philadelphia offices of the Burpee Company. Entries came from all over the world to express the impact of these special seeds in their lives.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records
Topic:
Horticulture
Business
Mail-order business
Seed industry and trade
Flowers
Contests
Gardens
Vegetables
Local number:
AAG.BUR.ContestLetters
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W. Atlee Burpee & Company Records, circa 1873-1978, bulk 1890-1930
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

Phyllis Diller’s Gag File

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Manufacturer:
Art Steel Company, Inc.
Maker:
Diller, Phyllis
Art Steel Company, Inc.
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
adhesive (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 48 in x 40 in x 17 1/4 in; 121.92 cm x 101.6 cm x 43.815 cm
Object Name:
Joke File
file
Place made:
United States: New York, New York
Date made:
c. 1964-1989
Description:

This beige metal cabinet is Phyllis Diller’s gag file, a categorized archive of the jokes Diller used in her stand-up comedy routines throughout her half-century long career. A small three drawer expansion of the gag file is also in NMAH’s collection (Catalog Number 2003.0289.01.02). The 48 drawers of the gag file, along with the 3 drawer expansion, contain a total of 52,569 3-by-5 inch index cards, each holding a typewritten joke or gag. These index cards are organized alphabetically by subject ranging from accessories to world affairs and covering almost everything in between.

Phyllis Diller (1917-2012) began her comedy career in the 1950s at the age of 37 and broke barriers in the comedy world to become the first solo female comic to be a household name. She developed a stage persona of an incompetent housewife and dressed in outlandish outfits with wild hair. Her material focused on self-deprecating jokes that tackled the idealized image of American mothers and homemakers. She also created many mythical personas for her stage act including her “husband” Fang, her “neighbor” Mrs. Clean, and her “mother-in-law” Moby Dick.

Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Humor
Comedians
Credit Line:
Gift of Phyllis Diller
ID Number:
2003.0289.01.01
Accession number:
2003.0289
Catalog number:
2003.0289.01.01
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Phyllis Diller
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Negative Log Book Number 14, (82-532 to 83-3726)

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1982
1982-1983
Summary:
Negative log book number 14, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 14, 1982-1983
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB14]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Negative Log Book Number 22, (94-5201 to 95-8006)

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1994
1994-1995
Summary:
Negative log book number 22, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 22, 1994-1995
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB22]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Negative Log Book Number 20, (90-1 to 91-22194)

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1990
1990-1991
Summary:
Negative log book number 20, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 20, 1990-1991
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB20]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Negative Log Book Number 7, (75-001 to 75-16353)

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1975
Summary:
Negative log book number 7, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. The title written on the cover is "OPPS [Office of Printing and Photographic Services] Film Library, January 1, 1975-December 31, 1975." Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 7, 1975
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB07]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Leo Baekeland Diary Volume 25, 1918

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Author:
Baekeland, L. H (Leo Hendrik) 1863-1944
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 6.0" x 3.5"
Type:
Diaries
Date:
1918
June 19, 1918 to December 16, 1918
20th century
Cite as:
Leo H. Baekeland Papers, 1863-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Family
Local number:
AC0005-D25
See more items in:
Leo H. Baekeland Papers
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Negative Log Book Number 4, (73-1 to 73-13598)

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1973
Summary:
Negative log book number 4, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 4, 1973
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB04]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Negative Log Book Number 15, (83-3727 to 84-5411)

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1983
1983-1984
Summary:
Negative log book number 15, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 15, 1983-1984
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB15]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Negative Log Book Number 18, (86-5143 to 88-15270)

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1986
1986-1988
Summary:
Negative log book number 18, or "green book," documenting various Smithsonian museums and events. Information includes negative numbers, subjects of the photographs, persons and departments for whom the pictures were taken, dates the pictures were taken, photographers, and dates the information was entered into the log books.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-001, Negative Log Book Number 18, 1986-1988
Topic:
Photography--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB18]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

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