Postcard of the U.S. Capitol at Night

ID: SIA2013-06669 (front) and SIA2013-06670 (back)

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

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: 1934

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 84, Folder: 29

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Summary

Color postcard of the United States Capitol Building at night. The building is lit, and a full moon is visible through a break in the clouds. The postcard is unused, but the message side has a printed note about the Capitol: "The United States Capitol, set on a height overlooking the amphitheater of the Potomac, is one of the largest and stateliest buildings in the world. It is 751 feet in length and 350 feet in width, covering three and a half acres. The Statue of Freedom on the dome towers 307 feet above the esplanade. The corner-stone was laid by President Washington in 1793; the central building was finished in 1797; and the extensions were first occupied by Congress in 1857 and 1859." The front of the postcard has a white border.

Subject

United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 84, Folder: 29

Contact information

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

Date

1934

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Postcard
  • Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
  • Architecture
  • Buildings

Form/Genre

  • Postcard
  • Linen

ID Number

SIA2013-06669 (front) and SIA2013-06670 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 5.5w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Linen

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