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October 15, 1887

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, October 15, 1887 

* Harvard College (University) Observatory 

This 16 page issue is in nice condition and contains illustrations of the latest inventions of the day including the following inventions and/or prints: Harvard Observatory - Screw Propeller - Coal & Ash Sifter - Nailing Machine & Much More. These illustrations also have text that goes along with them. Very interesting advertisements as well, back in the day when many of the normal things we use today were just being invented.

Background Information: The Harvard College Observatory (or HCO) is an institution managing a complex of buildings and multiple instruments used for astronomical research by the Department of Astronomy of Harvard. It is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and was founded in 1839. With the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, it forms part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Between 1847 and 1852 pioneer photographer John Adams Whipple and astronomer William Cranch Bond, director of the Observatory, used Harvard's Great Refractor telescope to produce images of the moon that are remarkable in their clarity of detail and aesthetic power. This was the largest telescope in the world at that time, and their images of the moon took the prize for technical excellence in photography at the 1851 Great Exhibition at The Crystal Palace in London. On the night of July 16-17, 1850, Whipple and Bond made the first daguerreotype of a star (Vega).

The Minor Planet Center credits some asteroid discoveries to "Harvard Observatory". source: wikipedia

Category: Post-Civil War

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