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E.W. & F.R. Lyon - Eclipse of the Sun, May 28,1900 | by The Patrick Montgomery Collection
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E.W. & F.R. Lyon - Eclipse of the Sun, May 28,1900

Maker: E.W. & F.R. Lyon

Nationality: USA

Medium: albumen prints

Size: 2" x 2"

Location: USA




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Notes: This is actually four small separate images of various stages of the eclipse which have been fixed in a circular format on the mount. A hand printed note on the back reads Eclipse of the Sun, May 28 th, 1900 by E.W. & F.R. Lyon. According to, I n the spring of 1900, the Smithsonian’s Astrophysical Observatory, then based in Washington, D.C., loaded several railroad cars with scientific equipment and headed to Wadesboro, North Carolina. Scientists had determined that this small Appalachian town would be the best location in North America for viewing the total solar eclipse that was expected on the 28th of May. The Smithsonian’s photographer, Thomas Smillie, rigged cameras to seven telescopes and successfully made eight glass-plate negatives, ranging in size from 11” x 14” to 30”x 30”inches. At the time, Smillie’s work was considered an amazing photographic and scientific achievement. This is not the same as the dramatic and impressive photographs by Smillie, but nevertheless it is interesting to know that this pair of amateurs were able to get similar results.


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Taken on February 4, 2011