Postcard of Rock Creek Park

ID: SIA2011-2281 (front) and SIA2011-2282 (back)

Creator: I. & M. Ottenheimer Publishers

Form/Genre: Paper

Date: September 17, 1909

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 84, Folder: 26

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  • Sepia postcard of a creek lined by rocks in Rock Creek Park. There are red smudges on the front of the postcard. The postcard is addressed to Mrs. C.W. Wicket, and is postmarked September 17, 1909. The hand-written message on the back of the postcard is as follows:
  • "Dear Mary!- Am sending silk in same Mail with this Card- Had no trouble to Exchange it- Hope it will be alright this time, Will try & write in a day or two. Yours- A."


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • On September 27, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison approved the United States Congress's act to establish Rock Creek Park. It was one of the first federally managed parks. The main part of Rock Creek Park is 1,754 acres (2.75 square miles), and it now oversees several other natural and historical sites in the District of Columbia (D.C.). Rock Creek Park includes the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
  • Published by I. & M. Ottenheimer, Baltimore, MD.
  • 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: 26

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


September 17, 1909

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  • Postcard
  • Nature
  • Rock Creek (Md. and Washington, D.C.)
  • Landscapes
  • Public lands
  • National parks and reserves
  • Parks
  • Natural areas
  • Landscape


  • Rock Creek Park (Washington, D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)


  • Paper
  • Postcard

ID Number

SIA2011-2281 (front) and SIA2011-2282 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Sepia; Size: 5.25w x 3.375h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Paper

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