Postcard of Virginia Indians and Captain John Smith

ID: SIA2013-07704 (front) and SIA2013-07705 (back)

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: c. 1930-1949

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Collection T90126, Box 1, Folder: 3

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Grayscale real photo postcard of an exhibit at the United States National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History. The caption reads: "Virginia Indians and Capt. [Captain] John Smith National Museum, Smithsonian Institution". John Smith and two other men are in a boat, while four Native Americans are positioned around it. The postcard is unused, and the front has a white border.


  • Smith, John 1580-1631
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) first opened to the public on March 17, 1910, as the new United States National Museum. The National Museum was first housed in what is now the Arts and Industries Building.
  • "Real photo" postcards were first produced using the Kodak "postcard camera." The postcard camera could take a picture and then print a postcard-size negative of the picture, complete with a divided back and place for postage.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Collection T90126, Box 1, Folder: 3

Contact information

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


c. 1930-1949

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  • Postcard
  • Historians
  • Exhibitions
  • Indians of North America


  • Postcard
  • Photographic print

ID Number

SIA2013-07704 (front) and SIA2013-07705 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Black and White; Size: 5.5w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Photographic print

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