Postcard of the Patent Office Building

ID: SIA2011-2297 (front) and SIA2011-2298 (back)

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

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: c. 1915-1930

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

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Postcard of the Patent Office Building shows people walking in front of the building and on the street. The message side is unused, but it has a short printed note about the building: "U.S. Patent Office. The Department of the Interior building is popularly called the Patent Office." The front of the postcard has a white border.


  • Patent Office Building (POB)
  • American Art and Portrait Galleries Building
  • Patent Office
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The National Collection of Fine Arts, now the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Galleries, moved out of the Natural History Building and into the Old Patent Office Building in May 1968 after it was vacated by the Civil Service Commission.
  • The postcard is numbered 3739 in the bottom left-hand corner on the front.
  • The postcard is located in Accession 11-271, which is part of Record Unit 95.

Contained within

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,


c. 1915-1930

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


Washington (D.C.)


  • Postcard
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2011-2297 (front) and SIA2011-2298 (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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