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June 1934, objects on table in main room, scrimshaw display

In our early days, we often simply placed objects all over tables to show off as much of the collection as possible.  Of course this left them easily exposed to damage and theft, so we no longer display them like this, but it still looks neat.  This image is from 1934 and features a small portion of our scrimshaw collection.  The finest piece is that large panbone next to the paddle from 1857/1858 depicting the Civic Heroes of the American Revolution and the Washington Monument at Richmond.  It was made by Nathaniel Sylvester Finney, a veteran whaleman.

Jan 23, 1963, Channel 13 taping a tv program about the International Antarctic Exhibition, interviewing Admiral Dufek

I believe I have posted other photographs before of our International Antarctic Exhibition before, but this one (from Jan. 23, 1963) shows Admiral Dufek being interviewed by Channel 13.

Front of Gibbs Gallery, 1978

The Gibbs Gallery, dedicated to William Francis Gibbs, is another exhibition that we have a lot of photographs from (like the International Antarctic Exhibition).  This shot (from 1978) shows the entrance to the gallery with a model of SS America front and center.  No doubt there was a lot of information included about another famous ship Gibbs designed, SS United States.

Main entrance December 30, 1937

 

This image shows the front entrance to our museum on December 30, 1937.  Quite a bit has change since then.  This is now the business entrance, but the beautiful bronze doors are still there.  The cannons were removed from this spot and just a few years ago put out in the front of the museum on special stands.  The anchors aren’t there either anymore, but the vegetation around this entrance has grown up quite a bit.

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