Postcard from Lima, Peru

ID: SIA2013-07888 (front) and SIA2013-07889 (back)

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: March 18, 1942

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 85, Box 11, Folder: 2

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  • Grayscale photo postcard of the Basilica Metropolitana in Lima, Perú. The view also shows surrounding streets and a square in front of the building. The front of the postcard has a white border. The postcard is addressed to Charles Greeley Abbot, fifth Secretary of the Smithsonian, and it has a message for him:
  • "Lima Peru Mar. 18, '42. Dear Dr Abbot, We have been enjoying some sightseeing in this town today and getting rid of sea legs. Have had good sailing and a quiet trip but will be glad to get to our destination Fred & Olive."


Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


"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, Record Unit 85, Box 11, Folder: 2

Contact information

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


March 18, 1942

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  • Postcard
  • Basilicas
  • Street photography


  • Lima (Peru)
  • Peru


  • Postcard
  • Photographic print

ID Number

SIA2013-07888 (front) and SIA2013-07889 (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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