Postcard of Native American Hupa Indians Exhibit

ID: SIA2013-07709 (front) and SIA2013-07710 (back)

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: c. 1930-1949

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

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"Real photo" postcard of an exhibit of Native American Hupa Indians at the United States National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History. The exhibit caption reads "Hupa Indians, California, National Museum, Smithsonian Institution." The exhibit shows models of five Native Americans, and each appears to be engaged in different tasks preparing food. The postcard is unused, and its front has a white border.


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


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

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Postcard
  • Mannequins (figures)
  • Historians
  • Models (representations)
  • Clothing and dress
  • Exhibitions
  • Hupa Indians
  • Indians of North America
  • Models


  • Postcard
  • Photographic print

ID Number

SIA2013-07709 (front) and SIA2013-07710 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Black and White; Size: 5.4w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Photographic print

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