Postcard Galleries

Postcard of the Smithsonian Institution Castle, by B.S. Reynolds Co. Washington, DC, c. 1907-1914, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2013-07202 (front) and SIA2013-07203 (back).
Postcard of the Castle
Postcard of the United States National Museum, c. 1907-1910, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2013-06641 (front) and SIA2013-06642 (back).
Grayscale Postcard of the National Museum #4
Postcard of "The Wedding Procession of Prince Dara-Shikoh", by Unknown, 1997, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2013-07761 (front) and SIA2013-07762 (back).
Postcard of The Wedding Procession of Prince Dara-Shikoh
Postcard of the U.S. Capitol at Night, by B.S. Reynolds Co. Washington, DC, 1934, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2013-06669 (front) and SIA2013-06670 (back).
Postcard of the US Capitol at Night
Palace of Fine Arts Postcard from the Panama-Pacific Exposition, by Unknown, 1915, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2012-7597 (front) and SIA2012-7598 (back).
Postcard of the Palace of Fine Arts
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RSVP Postcard for the En Pointe Exhibit
Postcard of the Patent Office Building #2017, c. 1898-1901, Unknown creator, Courtesy of a private collector, No copy available at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, patent5.jpg
Postcard of the Patent Office Building #2017, c. 1898-1901, Unknown creator, Courtesy of a private collector, No copy available at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, patent5.jpg
Postcard of "Apples of Nadorp on Registered Cover", March 23, 1979, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2013-07886 (front) and SIA2013-07887 (back).
Postcard of Apples of Nadorp on Registered Cover
Postcard of the New National Museum, c. 1915-1930, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-2289 (front) and SIA2011-2290 (back).
Postcard of the New National Museum #1500

Today in Smithsonian History

James Smithson Engraving, by Heliotype Printing Co, c. 1881, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, MAH 14574 or MAH14574.

September 18, 1808

Returning from a sojourn on the Continent, in early August 1807, James Smithson is taken as a prisoner of war in Tonningen, at the moment of the rupture between England and Denmark in the Napoleonic Wars. He subsequently arranges a transfer to Hamburg, Germany, where he is again held under arrest, this time by the French. On September 18, 1808, Smithson writes to Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London from 1778 to 1820, noting that he is physically ill, and requesting Banks use his influence to get Smithson back to England, which Banks does.More

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That the Arts and Industries Building was the first building built to be the National Museum of the United States?

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President Reagan and William Truettner, by Nielsen, Kim, 1981, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 81-8750-17 or 81-8750.1.