Postcard of New National Museum and DC

ID: SIA2013-01125 (front) and SIA2013-01126 (back)

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

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: 1920s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 33, Folder: 12

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Summary

  • Color postcard of the new United States National Museum building, now the National Museum of Natural History, and Washington, DC. The view of the building is semi-aerial, and the city of Washington stretches out behind the museum. The roof of the museum is green, although in reality it is a gold color. The grounds are empty and the trees are full. The message side has a printed note about the museum: "New National Museum. The New National Museum in the Mall is a massive dignified structure of granite, 561x356 feet in area, being greater than any other government building except the Capitol." There is also a handwritten message on the back:
  • "Dear Dottie: Just had breakfast at 8:30 S.T. and am due to leave in about 5 min. for a trolley ride. w.L. [with love] 'Sheenie'"

Author

  • Curt Teich & Co
  • B.S. Reynolds Co. Washington, DC

Subject

  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) first opened to the public on March 17, 1910, as the new United States National Museum (USNM) building. The USNM's first building is now called the Arts and Industries Building.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 33, Folder: 12

Contact information

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

Date

May 24, 1928

Restrictions

No restrictions

Topic

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

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Postcard
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2013-01125 (front) and SIA2013-01126 (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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