Postcard of a Dress of Sarah Childress Polk

ID: SIA2013-07225 (front) and SIA2013-07226 (back)

Creator: Curt Teich & Co

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: 1934

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 45, Folder: 24

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Postcard of a dress of Sarah Childress Polk, wife of President James K. Polk, at the U.S. National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building. It was part of the Collection of Period Costumes exhibit in the Arts and Industries Building and is now part of the First Ladies collection at the National Museum of American History. The dress is blue with brown embellishments. The mannequin is standing, holding a fan. The message side is unused. The front of the postcard has white edging.


  • Polk, Sarah Childress
  • United States National Museum
  • First Ladies Hall
  • First Ladies Exhibit


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • See Neg. 38062 for a description of her dress.
  • Sarah Childress Polk was the wife of President James K. Polk.
  • The postcard is numbered #4A-H2184. Genuine Curteich-Chicago "C.T. Photo-Colorit" Post Card. Curt Otto Teich (1877-1974), a German immigrant, founded Curt Teich & Co., which was a postcard printing company that operated from 1898 to 1978. The company specialized in view and advertising postcards, and was the largest volume printer of this type in the world from the 1920s to the 1940s. C.T. Photo-Colorit was a printing process used by Curt Teich & Co.
  • For another version of this postcard, see Negatives SIA2013-06659 and SIA2013-06660.
  • Accession #03-140.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 45, Folder: 24

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



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  • Clothing and dress
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  • Presidents' spouses
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  • Presidents
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United States


  • Postcard
  • Linen

ID Number

SIA2013-07225 (front) and SIA2013-07226 (back)

Physical description

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

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