Postcard of African Lions

ID: SIA2013-07795 (front) and SIA2013-07796 (back)

Creator: Albertype Company, The

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: 1933

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 65, Box 16, Folder: Postcards

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Postcard of African lions in the Mammal Hall of the US National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History. There are five lions, and the male lion is in the middle of the exhibit case, staring out directly at the viewer. The postcard is unused, but the message side has a printed note about the lions: "The lion, represented by numerous local races differing in size and color, occurs in the grassy and moderately wooded regions of Africa, and in one small district of western India. Formerly its range included Macedonia [geographic region covering parts of Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, and the Republic of Macedonia] and Asia Minor [Turkey]. Lions are mainly nocturnal in their habits and their well known roar may be heard from early evening throughout the night. The animals shown in the group are descending the bank of a river bed to drink from a water hole dug by zebras, the tracks of which are seen in the sand. Adult male, two adult females, and two cubs from British East Africa, collected on the Smithsonian African Expedition under the direction of Col. Theodore Roosevelt, 1909."


  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian African Expedition (1909-1910)


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.
  • For color versions of this postcard made by Curt Teich & Co., see Negatives SIA2010-0488 and SIA2013-07231; SIA2013-06657 and SIA2013-06658.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 65, Box 16, Folder: Postcards

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ID Number

SIA2013-07795 (front) and SIA2013-07796 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Black and White; Size: 5.5w x 3.4h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Paper

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