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A Very Wellman Christmas

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If any snow falls in Washington, DC, locals scramble for their milk and toilet paper, turn up the heat, and hide under their blankets.  Imagine celebrating the Christmas holiday inside a hut 600 miles south of the North Pole!   In 1898, Walter Wellman led an attempt to reach the North Pole using ship and   …Continue Reading


Up in the Air on the Fourth

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  Uncle Sam and two lovely ladies cruise serenely above the clouds — avoiding all those holiday traffic jams — in this patriotic postcard by the great postcard artist Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle (1865-1934), who had a real talent for holiday-themed airships. The postcard was mailed in July, 1910 by a woman named Rose of Charleston,   …Continue Reading


Holiday Tips for Visiting the Museum

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As the weather gets cooler and Thanksgiving approaches, I start thinking about the throngs of holiday tourists that will be lining up to get a chance to view the great stuff we have here at the Smithsonian.  For our holiday visitors, I’d like to suggest the following tips for a more enjoyable visit.   Plan ahead   …Continue Reading