Postcard of the Smithsonian Castle

ID: SIA2011-2303 (front) and SIA2011-2304 (back)

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

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: June 21, 1921

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

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  • Postcard of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle," and statue of Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian. Trees surround the building and there are a few people and one car on the grounds. The message side has a printed note about the Smithsonian: "The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846 by the generosity of James Smithson, "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men." Its purpose is to stimulate, encourage and reward scientific investigation and study." The card is addressed to Miss Benmet Harman, with a message for her, as follows:
  • Washington DC. Surely did have a good time over there--but decided not to go to Normal, Sam & I came on to Washington Sun evening instead-- Am having a good trip. Will look for you over soon. Remember me to all the folk. Mildred.


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Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle," was designed by architect James Renwick, Jr. Construction was completed in 1855. The statue out front is of Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian (term 1846-1878).
  • The postcard is numbered R-21199 on the top of the message side.
  • 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,


June 21, 1921

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


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  • Postcard
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2011-2303 (front) and SIA2011-2304 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 5.5w x 3.375h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Paper

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