Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Additional Online Media

Catalog Data

Unknown  Search this
Copeland, Lucius D  Search this
Watkins, J. Elfreth  Search this
Johnston, Frances Benjamin 1864-1952  Search this
Casanowicz, Immanuel Moses  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Photographic print
Group, candid
United States of America, District of Columbia, Washington, Southwest, Smithsonian Institution Building
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
A similar photograph (negative# 5125) of the steam tricycle is also located along with this photograph.
This photo shows the Copeland steam-propelled tricycle in front of the Carriage Porch at the north entrance Smithsonian Institution Building (the Castle) on the Mall. The driver of the tricycle is its inventor, Lucius D. Copeland; the passenger is Frances Benjamin Johnston, who later became a noted Washington photographer. Standing to the left are patent attorney B. C. Poole and an associate, and the builder and promoter of the tricycle, Sandford Northrop. To the right are W. H. Travis and J. Elfreth Watkins, curator of the transportation section in the Smithsonian's U.S. National Museum, 1885-1903. At back right is Immanuel Moses Casanowicz, Assistant Curator, Division of Historic Archaeology at the U.S. National Museum, with a white beard, wearing a dark toque, and facing right.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 30A, Folder: 16
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
Bicycles  Search this
Carriage Porch  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
North front  Search this
Steam engines  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Tricycles  Search this
Women  Search this
Inventions  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Standard number:
57818 or MAH-57818
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div