Blank Postcard of Alligators at the Zoo

ID: SIA2013-06619 (front) and SIA2013-06620 (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 group of alligators at the National Zoological Park. The alligators are mostly surrounding the pool in their enclosure, but there is one alligator visible in the water. The message side is blank, but it has a printed note: "Alligator--The American Crocodile, best described as a large Lizard-like Amphibian Reptile. Found in the Southern States of North America up to 12 feet in length." The front has a white border.


National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Contrary to the information on the back of this postcard, alligators are not amphibians. In addition, alligators are not American crocodiles; alligators belong to the family Alligatoridae, while American crocodiles belong to the family Crocodylidae.
  • The postcard is numbered 78720. 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 through SIA2013-06618; SIA2013-06621 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,



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  • Postcard
  • Reptiles
  • Zoos
  • Animals
  • Alligators


  • Postcard
  • Linen

ID Number

SIA2013-06619 (front) and SIA2013-06620 (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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