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A few vintage images of butterflies are set free from the archives.
History springs to life in wiggling stereoscopic images.
Historic photos of the US Army's first African American pilot program.
The Smithsonian has recently discovered a rare perspective on the legendary quake: 3-D, color stereo photographs.
Today, these photos are just endearing. But in the 1800s, they might have caused a stir.
Fifty years ago today, renowned photographer Richard Avedon spent some time with the busy president-elect and his family.
A New York cityscape taken 76 years ago today seems an ordinary perspective, but at the time, it was something special.
In the early stages of atomic experiments, the U.S. government hired Harold Edgerton to figure out how to photograph big bangs. His photographs, shared by the Smithsonian, are both spectacular and spooky.
It's the season for gathering vacation photos — whether in tangible scrapbooks or Facebook albums. Smithsonian curator Shannon Perich takes a look at photo albums through the years.
An unusual Civil War-era portrait raises questions about race, gender and nationalism. Why is a woman who is disenfranchised because of her skin color and her gender wearing an American flag?
Who signed your yearbook? Did you know there is a history to the photographic yearbooks that are so abundant this time of year?
Photo postcards used to be all the rage. They were an easy way to send a hello to friends and family, and also served as inexpensive souvenirs. Take a look at a few old postcards from Smithsonian's Photographic History Collection.
The "camera" of Dr. Dain Tasker could see right through you — although he preferred photographing flowers. A collection of his radiographs and X-rays from the vaults of Smithsonian's Photographic History Collection makes its debut online, in a Pi...