Postcard of the Smithsonian Institution Castle to Mrs. R.D. Perkins

ID: SIA2013-07206 (front) and SIA2013-07207 (back)


Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: January 24, 1909

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 30, Folder: 4A

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  • Postcard with a view of the Smithsonian Institution Castle on a cloudy day. The grounds are empty and some of the trees are bare. The postcard was mailed to Mrs. R.D. Perkins on January 24, 1909. The message is as follows:
  • Sunday Jan 24th We reached here safely and on time Fri eve. The weather is fine. too warm for comfort. Was 60° at 8 AM And 75° at 3:P.M. No fires in the house and windows all Open. One could hardly believe it. but we see by the Obs- that its spring like weather in Ithica. I like the colder,- much better. Hope you are all well. and my plants Aren't bothering you too much. Remember me to everybody- Sincerely S.A. Sprayne.


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Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The Smithsonian Institution "Castle" was designed by architect James Renwick, Jr. Construction was completed in 1855.
  • For a blank version of this postcard, see Negatives SIA2013-06631 and SIA2013-06632.
  • #6352. Made in Germany. Produced by A.C. Bosselman & Co., New York.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 30, Folder: 4A

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 24, 1909

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SIA2013-07206 (front) and SIA2013-07207 (back)

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Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 5.375w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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