Postcard of a Bear at the Zoo

ID: SIA2013-01240 (front) and SIA2013-01241 (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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Postcard of a European brown bear at the National Zoological Park. The bear is standing up in its enclosure. The message side is blank, but it has a printed note: "Bear--European Brown Bear; found over the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. In the Northern Countries they hibernate in the winter. They are omnivorous and particularly fond of honey." The front has a white border.


National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Despite being members of the order Carnivora, brown bears have the most diverse diet out of all bears and are one of the most omnivorous animals in the world.
  • The postcard is numbered 78710. 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 Negative Numbers SIA2013-01238 and SIA2013-01239; SIA2013-06599 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
  • Carnivora
  • Zoos
  • Animals
  • Bears


  • Postcard
  • Linen

ID Number

SIA2013-01240 (front) and SIA2013-01241 (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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