Blank Postcard of a Seal at the Zoo

ID: SIA2013-06599 (front) and SIA2013-06600 (back)

Creator: Capitol Souvenir Company

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: 1948

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 365, Box 16, Folder: 6

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Blank postcard of a seal at the National Zoological Park. The seal is perched on a rock in the water. The message side is blank, but it has a printed note: "Seal--A carnivorous marine mammal found commonly on the coasts of the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans. Seals are very inquisitive animals. They are the main food of the Eskimo and are valuable for their skin and oil." The front has a white border.


National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The postcard is numbered 78708. Produced by Capitol Souvenir Co., Inc., Washington, D.C.
  • This postcard is part of a pack of "18 Selected Post Cards 25 National Zoological Park Washington, D.C." Today there are only 15 postcards in the pack. For other postcards from this pack, see Negatives SIA2013-01238 through SIA2013-01241; SIA2013-06601 through SIA2013-06624.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 365, Box 16, Folder: 6

Contact information

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



Restrictions & Rights

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  • Postcard
  • Zoos
  • Animals
  • Seals (Animals)


  • Postcard
  • Linen

ID Number

SIA2013-06599 (front) and SIA2013-06600 (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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