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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Post office remnants in a jar

National Postal Museum
This jar contains the debris from the March 19, 1931 fire of the Craig, Alaska Post Office. As evidence of the fire, a U.S. Postal Inspector scooped some of the remains and sent them in a jar with his report on the fire.

After 1911, the Smithsonian received several small transfers from the Post Office Department and the "Post Office in a Jar" supposedly was included in one of these transfers, though there is no record supporting that claim. However, it did arrive with a tag identifying it as case 11834-D item 4931 by the Chief Inspector, which was filed January 1, 1932, ten months after the fire took place.

In the mid-1980s the jar was dropped breaking the glass and dispersing the remnants. The debris was quickly swept up and somehow contained until a decision could be made about re-housing them. The curator in charge at the time determined that they should be placed into a new Mason jar, similar to the one that broke; therefore, keeping with its name as a "Post Office in a Jar." Another employee supplied a replacement jar by bringing one from his home. It is unclear whether the lid was re-used or if it was thrown away with the glass shards from the original jar.

Handcuffs used during arrest of Unabomber Theodore J. Kaczynski

National Postal Museum
Handcuffs used during arrest of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber. Kaczynski was apprehended on April 3, 1996 in Lincoln, Montana. Presented to Postal Inspector Anthony Muljat by his colleagues on the San Francisco Unabom Task Force.

Detonator used by the DeAutremont brothers

National Postal Museum
The DeAutremont brothers stole this DuPont Blasting Machine No. 3 from the Oregon City Construction Company and used it to perpetrate the robbery of a mail train. Made of 5/8-inch thick wood joined with mortice and tenon and flathead screws, the device has a plunger, a leather strap handle, and two butterfly connections. The metal advertising plate on top of the device provides instructions for use.

The twins Roy and Ray DeAutremont and their younger brother Hugh ambushed the Southern Pacific train #13 near Siskiyou, Oregon, on October 11, 1923. The brothers killed three railway employees after stopping the train. They used too much dynamite to blow open the safe, and the explosion and fire burned much of the mail and claimed the life of the Railway Post Office clerk. An extensive international manhunt produced the arrest of Hugh DeAutremont in 1927, followed by the apprehension of his brothers a few months later. All three were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Hugh died in 1958, Roy died in 1983, and Ray died in 1984.

Percina evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
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Percina evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
Note in jar says "mixed collection".

Percina evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
4

Ptereleotris evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division

Ptereleotris evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division

Ptereleotris evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division

Ptereleotris evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
196383 and 196385 ar probably from different localities within n.e. indies

Ptereleotris evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division

Lipogramma evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
Adult. SL = 22 mm.

Lipogramma evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
Adult. SL = 24 mm. Captured at precise depth of 432 ft.

Lipogramma evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
Adult. SL = 25 mm.

Lipogramma evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
Adult. SL = 14 mm.

Lipogramma evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
Adult. SL = 20 mm.

Ptereleotris evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
Collection date in ledger, 14 April 1994, is incorrect, proofed collection date is 24 April 1944.

Lionurus evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division

Ptereleotris evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division

Scorpaenodes evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division

Ptereleotris evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
Specimen voucher located at Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

Scorpaenodes evides

NMNH - Vertebrate Zoology - Fishes Division
SL = 62 mm.

The Greenland Evidence

Smithsonian Channel
On most maps from the 15th century, Greenland is represented inaccurately as a landmass that connects to northern Europe. But on the Vinland Map, the island is drawn with surprising accuracy. From: SECRETS: A Viking Map? http://bit.ly/1nvPMTy
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