Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
The Cooper Union Museum, now known as the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, became a part of the Smithsonian on October 9, 1967. The museum is dedicated to studying and spreading public understanding of historic and contemporary design. The postcards in this gallery show works of art from Cooper-Hewitt’s collections and objects associated with Cooper-Hewitt.
Grayscale postcard of some mementos of Peter Cooper, founder of the Cooper-Hewitt, on display in the Cooper Union Museum, now the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. The front of the postcard has a white border. The postcard is unused. c. 1915-1930, Unknown, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 267, Box 6, Folder: Cooper, Peter--Esq. Specific Information About, Negative Numbers SIA2013-07882 (front) and SIA2013-07883 (back).
Color postcard of an organ painting from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum that Frederick Crace painted. It has rich red and gold hues. The front of the postcard has a white border. The postcard is addressed to Cynthia A. Hoover, Curator of Musical Instruments at the National Museum of American History, with a message for her, as follows: "Sept 25, 1978 Dear Cynthia, I expect to be in Washington October 18th afternoon with my new husband. I've never seen your collection, and so that is to be our one and only stop in D.C. on our way to Florida! I do hope to catch you in, to at least say hello, although I know you are busy. I've just moved to NY and am busy investigating museumy [sic] things. As well as organ building, which I've been doing this past year. Lindsay has just moved here, too, and is at Sotheby's! It would be fun to see you—I look forward to it Lisa Compton Eichenfield" September 25, 1978, Marvis Pudding Picturecard, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 485, Box 39, Folder: Organs: England/Misc., Negative Numbers SIA2013-07741 (front) and SIA2013-07742 (back).
Color postcard of A Lady of the Night Leading the Bull by Maureen McCabe, advertising the Cooper-Hewitt's exhibit of artists' postcards. The background is black and the bull is on the left side of the card, while the woman is on the right. Several other objects are in the artwork. The back of the postcard has information about lectures in October 1978. October 1978, Publishing Center for Cultural Resources, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Collection 87-166, Box 1, Folder: Artists Postcards Series II, Negative Numbers SIA2013-07884 (front) and SIA2013-07885 (back).
Color postcard of Apples of Nadorp on Registered Cover by Donald Evans from Cooper-Hewitt's “Artists' Postcards” exhibit. An apple stamp is in each corner of the image. The majority of the image is white. A short thank-you message is scrawled on the back to an employee at Cooper-Hewitt: “Thanks so much— Home & will follow up in N.Y. on My return— I am off to London Tonight [name illegible]” March 23, 1979, Artists’ Postcards, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Collection 87-166, Box 1, Folder: Artists Postcards Series II, Negative Numbers SIA2013-07886 (front) and SIA2013-07887 (back).