Blank Postcard of a Camel at the Zoo

ID: SIA2013-06601 (front) and SIA2013-06602 (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 camel at the National Zoological Park. The camel is standing in front of trees surrounded by fences. The message side is blank, but it has a printed note: "Camel--The "Bactrian" Camel [is] distinguished by two humps. Its native home was Central Asia. It is an important beast of burden in Southern Siberia and in Mongolia. The "Arabian" Camel is larger than the "Bactrian" Camel and has only one hump. It is one of the oldest of Domestic Animals; it will carry a load of 500 pounds 25 miles a day without drinking. Camels live up to 50 years." The front has a white border.


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  • The postcard is numbered 78704. 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; SIA2013-06599 and SIA2013-06660; SIA2013-06603 through SIA2013-06624.

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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,



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  • Postcard
  • Zoos
  • Animals
  • Camels


  • Postcard
  • Linen

ID Number

SIA2013-06601 (front) and SIA2013-06602 (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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