Preparations for Solar Broadcast

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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)
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,
Restrictions & Rights
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c. September 30, 1936
Standard number
SIA2011-0171 and 32605-6
Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
South Yard
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Special events
Solar energy
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Solar Boiler
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Physical description
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Sepia; Size: 2.25w x 2.25h; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Photographic print