Postcard of the Old National Museum

ID: SIA2011-2285 (front) and SIA2011-2286 (back)

Creator: Capitol Souvenir Company

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: April 13, 1939

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

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Postcard of the old National Museum, now known as the Arts and Industries building, in color. A large tree branch hangs in the foreground, above the building. The front has a white border. The message side has a printed note: "The Old National Museum is devoted to an exposition of the arts and industries, materials and methods of manufacturers, processes employed in the industrial arts, series showing the developments of arts and industries, all in vast array." The message side also has a short hand-written note: "Enjoying a wonderful time Going to Congressional Library tomorrow Margaret Keller." The postcard is addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Z.J. Ireland and it is postmarked April 13, 1939.


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


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The Arts and Industries Building was designed by two Philadelphia architects: Adolph Cluss and Rudolph Schulze.
  • The postcard is numbered W27. Produced by Capitol Souvenir Company, Washington, D.C.
  • This postcard is located in Accession Number 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,


April 13, 1939

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  • Postcard
  • Museum buildings
  • Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
  • Museums


Washington (D.C.)


  • Postcard
  • Linen

ID Number

SIA2011-2285 (front) and SIA2011-2286 (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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