Postcard of the Smithsonian Institution "Castle" Building

ID: SIA2013-01063 (front) and SIA2013-01064 (back)

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

Form/Genre: Paper

Date: April 1, 1923

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 30, Folder: 4A

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Summary

  • Postcard of the Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle," and the statue of Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian. A car and several people are in front of the building. The front of the postcard has a white border. The message side has a printed note about the Smithsonian: "The Smithsonian Institution. 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 Mabel Relfe, with a message for her, as follows: Apr. 1st '23. Dear Miss Relfe: Am having a wonderful time. It has been cold. Is warmer to-day. Words can hardly describe all I am seeing. My! how fast the vacation is going. Hope you are getting a nice rest. Love, A.A.K.

Subject

Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • 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 (1846-1878).
  • The postcard is numbered R-8388 in the bottom right-hand corner on the front.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 30, Folder: 4A

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

April 1, 1923

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

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

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

Paper

ID Number

SIA2013-01063 (front) and SIA2013-01064 (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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