If you’re in a situation similar to ours, you’re sequestered at home right now. And if you’re reading this, you’re probably near a computer too.
That’s good news for both of us! The Smithsonian just released an astounding 2.8 million images into the public domain, of everything from failed patent prototypes to extinct taxidermied animals.
Since we at Atlas Obscura pride ourselves on the eerie, the ancient, the esoteric, and the hard-to-believe realities of our world, we’re going to be diving into the Smithsonian’s trove with abandon.
And that’s where you come in. Whether your fascination lies in opalescent fossils or tin cans from the 1920s, tell us about your favorite finds in the comments below! Let us know why a particular object sparked wonder for you, so that we know which objects and histories we should unpack further.
Here’s to the public domain, safeguard from boredom and oxygen to the fire of discovery!