Postcard of the Old National Museum

ID: SIA2011-2279 (front) and SIA2011-2280 (back)

Creator: B.S. Reynolds Co. Washington, DC

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: February 24, 1921

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 84, Folder: 25

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  • Color postcard of the old United States National Museum building, now known as the Arts and Industries Building. The front has a white border. An American Flag is flying above the museum, and people are sitting on a bench under a tree. On the message side there is a printed note about the museum: "The National Museum contains the Government collections, comprising millions of objects of scientific and artistic interest, collected from all quarters of the globe." The card is postmarked February 24, 1921, and it is addressed to Mrs. J.M. Strut. It has a hand-written message, as follows:
  • "Dear Sister Your letter rec. also got the Eggs. I buried my Dead wife here in Wash. Are getting along as well as can be expected under the circumstances. Will write you in a few Days. with love R. T. Davis"


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • United States National Museum


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The old National Museum, now known as the Arts and Industries Building, was designed by two Philadelphia architects: Adolph Cluss and Rudolph Schulze.
  • The postcard is numbered 2721 in the bottom left-hand corner on the front.
  • This postcard is located in Accession #11-271, which is part of Record Unit 95.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 84, Folder: 25

Contact information

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


February 24, 1921

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ID Number

SIA2011-2279 (front) and SIA2011-2280 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 5.5w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Paper

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