If you enjoy a good mystery, get ready to start sleuthing! This Friday, we will be adding a new group of mystery photos to the Library of Congress Flickr account. A portion of the glass negatives in the Harris & Ewing Collection came to us with no captions, providing many challenging photo mysteries to solve.
The newest additions to the Flickr Mystery Photos album have a theme, in that each image contains an unidentified gadget. The “gadgets” range in size from large machines to handheld instruments. The two photos below didn’t make it into the new set, but I’m still wondering: “What’s this Gadget?” (And should that toddler be touching it?)
[See Update below for more on this object.]
And what’s this? A camera, a telescope, some other device?
If you figure these mysteries out, feel free to sing out in the comments. Otherwise, use the links below to dive into the newest pool of mystery photos in the Library of Congress Flickr account on Friday!
Update: Thank you for the rapid response! Several people identified the item in the first photograph as a radial aircraft engine, and one commenter speculated it might be from the Pratt & Whitney R1830 Twin Wasp. The flying eagle logo just below center does confirm it’s a Pratt & Whitney, but I think we’re looking at the P&W R-1535 Twin Wasp, Jr. engine, based on this entry on the Pratt & Whitney website, and other photos of the engine online. Enjoy other photos in our collections related to Pratt & Whitney production.
- Watch this album in the Library of Congress Flickr account: Mystery Photos – What’s the Story? On Friday, a few dozen new mystery photos will be added to the set for your investigation.
- Revisit our first group of Harris & Ewing mystery photos – mostly solved, but a few tricky ones remain – through the Picture This blog post “What’s the Story?”: Solving Mystery Photos.
- View all of the images in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division’s Flickr account.
- Explore Washington, D.C.’s people, events and architecture between 1905 and 1945 through the photographs of Harris & Ewing, Inc.