World’s Strangest

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This Is A Steam-Propelled Tricycle

The photo was taken in 1888 in front of the Smithsonian Institution’s “Castle” on the Mall.  The driver is Lucius D. Copeland, who invented the device (30 mile range, 10 mph).  His passenger is Frances “Fannie” Benjamin Johnston, later to become one of Washington’s most famous photographers. The steam-powered tricycle was much more practical than its [...]

The First Snowflake Photograph

We’ve seen some amazing photographs of snowflakes taken by microscope cameras. Did you know the first photograph of a single snowflake dates back to 1885? Wilson A. Bentley adapted a microscope to a bellows camera and worked for years before his first successful snowflake photograph. In 1903, he sent 500 prints of his snowflakes to the [...]