Postcard of the Smithsonian Institution Castle

ID: SIA2013-07210 (front) and SIA2013-07211 (back)

Creator: B.S. Reynolds Co. Washington, DC

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: c. 1930-1945

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

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Postcard of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle", and statue of first Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry. There are several people in front of the Castle. Several small holes are visible on the left of the picture side (right of the message side). The message side is blank, but there is a printed note about the Smithsonian: "The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846 by the generosity of James Smithson, 'for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.' Its purpose is to stimulate, encourage and reward scientific investigation and study." The front of the postcard has a white border.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle" was designed by architect James Renwick, Jr. Construction was completed in 1855. The statue out front is of Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian (term 1846-1878).
  • The numbers M536: #8388 are on the front of the postcard.
  • For other versions of this postcard, see Negatives SIA2011-2293 and SIA2011-2294; Negatives SIA2013-06639 and SIA2013-06640.

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

Contact information

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


c. 1930-1945

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ID Number

SIA2013-07210 (front) and SIA2013-07211 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 5.5w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Linen

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