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It’s cherry blossom season in DC. Welcome our favorite little flowers by exploring some items from our collection that share their color.
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In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was expensive to provide each medical school student with a microscope, but anatomical details of plants can be tough to see with the naked eye. Medical schools and museums (including the Smithsonian) relied instead on glass botanical models like these for student instruction. They could even be "dissected!"

Digitalis In the late and early centuries, it was expensive to provide…

This painting is an artistic representation of the square root of pi, created by Crocket Johnson, author of Harold and the Purple (why not pink??) Crayon.

This painting is an artistic representation of the square root of pi, created by Crocket Johnson, author of Harold and the Purple (why not pink?

Mamie Eisenhower’s evening gown in silk damask. It was designed by Nettie Rosenstein and worn to a 1957 state dinner at the British Embassy.

Mamie Eisenhower’s Evening Gown, 1957 Mamie Eisenhower wore this rose-colored silk damask evening gown for a 1957 state dinner at the British Embassy. Nettie Rosenstein designed the ensemble, which included a matching purse and shoes.

As "the pill" grew in popularity, pharmaceutical manufacturers developed unique packaging to distinguish their product.  Syntex Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA produced this Nor-Q.D. brand oral contraceptive packaging, featuring a young woman surrounded by a colorful array of flowers in roughly 1972.

As "the pill" grew in popularity, pharmaceutical manufacturers developed unique packaging to distinguish their product. Syntex Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA produced this Nor-Q.D. brand oral contraceptive packaging, featuring a young woman surrounded by a colorful array of flowers in roughly 1972.

Got one of these on your lawn? This vintage pink flamingo from our collections was made from the original Pink Flamingos mold.

Got one of these on your lawn? This vintage pink flamingo from our collections was made from the original Pink Flamingos mold.

You don’t have to ask us twice! This 1954 sheet music wonders, “Won’t You Have an Ice Cream Soda with Me?”

This 1954 sheet music wonders, “Won’t You Have an Ice Cream Soda with Me?

This sheet music for the song, "Rose in the Bud” was written by Percy J. Barrow and composed by Dorothy Forster. Published in 1907. The cover features a photograph of actress Phyllis Haver in the center of the page looking coquettishly at the viewer. There is also a rose design on the left side of the cover.

“Rose in the Bud” Sheet Music

Make all your accessories match! This pink and yellow art deco folding comb was made around 1925.

Make all your accessories match! This pink and yellow art deco folding comb was…

Children's author and painter of mathematical theories Crockett Johnson, created this "Construction of Heptagon" in 1973.

Children's author and painter of mathematical theories Crockett Johnson, created this "Construction of Heptagon" in

Orchids decorate cupcakes at our "Food in the Garden" program. This year's #HistoryAfterHours continues the tradition of evening panels on #FoodHistory combined with drinks and eats.

Orchids decorate cupcakes at our "Food in the Garden" program. This year's continues the tradition of evening panels on combined with drinks and eats.

Written and composed by Joe McCarthy, Howard Johnson, and Fred Fischer, this sheet music is from 1916.

Ireland must be heaven, for my mother came from there: I've often heard my daddy speak of Ireland's lakes and dells. Ireland must be Heaven, for an angel came from there.

Miss Blossom, dressed in pink in this 1899 Ivory Soap advertisement, might enjoy DC’s cherry blossom festivities.

Miss Blossom, dressed in pink in this 1899 Ivory Soap advertisement, might enjoy DC’s cherry blossom festivities.

Olive Bender made this quilt for her son and daughter-in-law as a Christmas gift in the 1940s. Popular in the 1920s to 1940s, the “Water Lily” motif was available in kit form or as a paper pattern. Quilt historian, Cuesta Benberry, traced this pattern to the Rainbow Quilt Block Company owned by William Pinch.

Olive Bender made this quilt for her son and daughter-in-law as a Christmas gift in the 1940s. Popular in the 1920s to 1940s, the “Water Lily” motif was available in kit form or as a paper pattern. Quilt historian, Cuesta Benberry, traced this pattern to the Rainbow Quilt Block Company owned by William Pinch.

This 1968 sheet music features a black and white photo, enhanced by lots of colorful checkers. The music is for the song "Sunny," which became one of the most covered songs of all time, with versions by Cher, Frank Sinatra, and the Four Seasons.

Sunny (sheet music) - Words and Music by Bobby Hebb 1966

Pink and presidential politics combine in this 1868 campaign badge, supporting Ulysses S. Grant and Schuyler Colfax.

Pink and presidential politics combine in this 1868 campaign badge, supporting Ulysses S. Grant and Schuyler Colfax.

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