Behind the Screen: At the Dibner Library

By Jennifer Albers-Smith

I’ve been to the Smithsonian a couple times before, and I’ve always thought of it as just a museum (and a glorious one at that) – giant covered wagon, old-fashioned cars, sewing machines, etc. I had absolutely no idea what lay behind the exhibits until my recent trip to do some filming for our latest Behind the Screen video at the National Museum of American History.

We lugged our film equipment through the side entrance and took a long walk through a dimly-lit maze to get to a wooden door – the entrance to the Dibner Library. I had never noticed the sign for the Dibner Library before. It’s right off the main entrance to the museum, and open to the public, but it’s tucked away, and most visitors have no idea it exists… What’s inside is an absolute treasure trove.

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The Zipper Gets a Makeover

By Jennifer Albers-Smith

Under Armor is taking the zipper and giving it a radical makeover (check the story out here).

It turns out that the zipper made its first appearance at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The zipper that was introduced there has undergone only minor modifications since then. That’s 121 years that this invention has remained mostly unchanged. Not many inventions have those bragging rights.

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