Postcard of a Dress of Dolley Madison

ID: SIA2013-06653 (front) and SIA2013-06654 (back)

Creator: Curt Teich & Co

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: 1934

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 84, Folder: 28

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Summary

Postcard of a dress of Dolley Madison at the U.S. National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building. The dress is yellow with pink and floral embellishments. 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 mannequin is wearing a pink shawl and is reaching one of her hands out. An empty chair sits in the background. The message side is blank, and the card has white edging.

Author

Curt Teich & Co

Subject

  • Madison, Dolley 1768-1849
  • United States National Museum
  • First Ladies Hall
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • National Collections
  • First Ladies Exhibit
  • Collections of Period Costumes c. 1900: United States National Musuem (Arts and Industries Building)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • Dolley Madison was the wife of President James Madison (1809-1817). The postcard has misspelled her name as "Dolly."
  • #4A-H2185. "C.T. Photo-Colorit," Made Only By Curt Teich & Co., Inc., Chicago, USA. 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 Number 13-204, which is part of Record Unit 95.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 84, Folder: 28

Contact information

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

Date

1934

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

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

Place

United States

Form/Genre

  • Postcard
  • Linen

ID Number

SIA2013-06653 (front) and SIA2013-06654 (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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