Postcard of the New National Museum

ID: SIA2011-2305 (front) and SIA2011-2306 (back)

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

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: August 9, 1928

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

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Summary

  • Postcard of the new United States National Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History. Its roof appears blue, but in reality it is actually gold. There are blue, orange, and yellow flowers in the foreground of the image. The message side has a printed note about the museum: "The New National Museum in the Mall is a massive and dignified structure of granite, 561x365 feet in area, being greater than any other government building except the Capitol." The card is addressed to Mrs. J. W. Wayland, with a short message for her, as follows:
  • Got here last evening O.K. Having a fine time. Have not seen Walter yet, but hope to shortly. Going to The Fox tonight. Francis

Subject

  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • The new U.S. National Museum opened to the public on March 17, 1910. The U.S. National Museum was first housed in what is now known as the Arts and Industries Building. The new U.S. National Museum is now the National Museum of Natural History.
  • The postcard is numbered R8389 in the bottom left-hand corner on the front.
  • This 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, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

August 9, 1928

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

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

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Postcard
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2011-2305 (front) and SIA2011-2306 (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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