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Diorama: "Geological Survey River-Measurement Station"

National Park Service, Eastern Museum Laboratory, Rudolf W. Bauss (1899-1966), and Arthur A. Jansson (1890-1960)1935/1936

U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

Created for the inaugural installations at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, which opened in 1938, this original diorama depicts activity at a typical U.S. Geological Survey river-measurement station of the 1930s. A man on a motorized cable car is suspended above a river. The cable car has winch-controlled cable with instrumentation extending from it to the water. In the central middle distance of the diorama, a second man onshore near an early model automobile is entering the gauge house, a concrete, tower-like structure. The river is at least somewhat based upon the Hackensack River, for which reference photos were provided to the model makers.

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  • Title: Diorama: "Geological Survey River-Measurement Station"
  • Creator: National Park Service, Eastern Museum Laboratory, Rudolf W. Bauss (1899-1966), Arthur A. Jansson (1890-1960)
  • Date Created: 1935/1936
  • Physical Dimensions: Approximately H 91.5, W 86, D 50 inches
  • Provenance: INTR 07376, U.S. Department of the Interior Museum
  • Subject Keywords: river, measurement, survey, U.S. Geological Survey, science, U.S. Department of the Interior, gauge, Hackensack, hydrology
  • Type: Diorama
  • Rights: U.S. Department of the Interior Museum
  • Medium: metal, sand, paint, wood, wire, wax, plaster

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