Postcard of a Dress of Mary Todd Lincoln

ID: SIA2013-07227 (front) and SIA2013-07228 (back)

Creator: Curt Teich & Co

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: 1938

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

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Blank postcard of a dress of Mary Todd Lincoln at the U.S. National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building. The dress is purple. 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. The mannequin wearing the dress is standing, holding a purple and white fan in her hands. The message side is blank, and the card has white edging.


  • Lincoln, Mary Todd 1818-1882
  • First Ladies Hall
  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • National Collections
  • First Ladies Exhibit


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Mary Todd Lincoln was the wife of President Abraham Lincoln.
  • #8A-H349. 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.
  • This postcard is located in Accession #03-140, which is part of Record Unit 95.

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

Contact information

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



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  • Postcard
  • Mannequins (figures)
  • Clothing and dress
  • Exhibitions
  • Presidents' spouses
  • Museums
  • First ladies
  • First Ladies Gowns
  • Presidents
  • Museum exhibits


United States


  • Postcard
  • Linen

ID Number

SIA2013-07227 (front) and SIA2013-07228 (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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