Light Table, Photographic

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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Space Race exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This light table was used by the CIA during the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis. Photographic interpreters and CIA personnel carefully studied aerial reconnaissance film on it for evidence of Soviet missle installations.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number

A19771125003

Physical Description

  • Green painted metal unit comprised of 1-Elevating table, 1-940MC light table, 1-Bausch & Lomb Zoom 270 optics sn.1651AA. 1
  • Two take-up reels and 6 feet of exposed 70mm Corona film displayed with table beginning 12/30/2014 per curator Jim David

Credit Line

Transferred from the Central Intelligence Agency

Manufacturer

Materials

  • HAZMAT: Cadmium Plating
  • Ferrous and non-ferrous metal, plastic, glass, paint

Dimensions

  • 3-D (Overall): 140.3 × 73.7 × 138.4cm (55 1/4 × 29 × 54 1/2 in.)
  • 3-D (Light Table): 137.2 × 61 × 55.9cm (54 × 24 × 22 in.)
  • 3-D (Desk): 102.9 × 61 × 81.3cm (40 1/2 × 24 × 32 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Type

EQUIPMENT-Photographic