Postcard of Toltec Indians

ID: SIA2013-07805 (front) and SIA2013-07806 (back)

Creator: Albertype Company, The

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: 1930s

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

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Summary

Grayscale postcard of Toltec Indians on exhibit at the United States National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History. There are two Native American men in the exhibit and they are cutting into a block of stone. The postcard is unused, but the message side has a printed note about the Toltecs: "The Toltec Indians of Mexico, like the Maya of the Yucatan and Guatemala, were master builders of prehistoric America. Although they dwelt in simple huts, their temples were of stone, quarried from the mountain side and intricately carved with stone tools. The two men in this group are represented in the act of cutting designs in blocks of stone."

Author

Albertype Company, The

Subject

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

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. The National Museum was first housed in what is now the Arts and Industries Building.

Contained within

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

Contact information

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

Date

1933

Restrictions

No restrictions

Topic

  • Postcard
  • Exhibitions
  • Postcard
  • Exhibitions
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of Mexico
  • Toltecs

Form/Genre

  • Postcard
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2013-07805 (front) and SIA2013-07806 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Black and White; Size: 5.4w x 3.4h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Paper

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