Preparations for Solar Broadcast

image for Preparations for Solar Broadcast
Category
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
ee Neg. #s SIA2011-0166 through SIA2011-0173 and 4694C for other views of the Solar Boiler.
This image was taken by Ruel P. Tolman, former Director of Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts, and is included in a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes. (Section A)
Summary
In the South Yard behind the Smithsonian Institution Bulding or the "Castle", preparations are being made for a solar broadcast on September 30, 1936, when fifth Smithsonian Secretary and astrophysicist Charles G. Abbot would test his solar radiation steam boiler of his design. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) filmed the test and by operating an electric generator a short program was broadcast by solar power. Abbot with his back to the camera is standing to the right. The Castle can be seen behind the South Yard.
Contained within
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Scrapbook II, 1934-1942, A-N
Contact information
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic
Inventions
Astrophysicists
Special events
Secretaries
Event
Astrophysics
Solar energy
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Secretariats
Solar Boiler
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Restrictions & Rights
No restrictions
Author
Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954
Subject
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
South Yard
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Physical description
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Sepia; Size: 2.25w x 2.25h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
c. September 30, 1936
Type
Event
Photographic print
Standard number
SIA2011-0171 and 32605-6