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Earliest Snowflake Photos From 1885

In 1885, a man named Wilson A. Bentley attached a microscope to his camera and took what the Smithsonian considers the first image of a single snowflake.

About eight years later, Bentley sent some 500 snowflake prints to the institution. In light of the recent snow craziness that has fallen on 49 U.S. states, Smithsonian has dug up some of these early 'flake photos. You can see more on its site.

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Wilson A. Bentley/Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Wilson A. Bentley/Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Wilson A. Bentley/Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Wilson A. Bentley/Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Wilson A. Bentley/Smithsonian Institution Archives