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National Museum of American History

Japanese postcards

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Twenty four late 19th - early 20th century commercial postcards of Japan, hand-tinted. Scenes include public parks, picturesque rural scenes and temples. Includes two postcards comemorating the Naval victory over Russia in 1904. Four of the postcards are mementos from the trans-Pacific voyage of the SS Mongolia, part of the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.

Japanese Missionary Postcards

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
This Collection contains hand-tinted postcards of Japan created during the Taisho Period (1912-1926). Subjects include daily life, scenes, and an image of the Taisho Emperor on horseback. About 10 of the cards contain images of schools, Anglican churches and other activities relating to Christian activities, making it likely that these low-quality cards were produced for a missionary organization.

Multiple Airmail Postcards

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Twenty black and white reproductions of Air Mail postcards arranged in rows cover top two thirds of sheet. At lower left and right, two full color reproductions of similar postcards. Each card has a "return to sender" postal cancellation. Purpose of poster is to announce the change of address for the two designers from 147 Piermont Ave in South Nyck, NY to Apt 2A, 720 Greenwich St. NY.

Multiple Airmail Postcards

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Twenty-two black and white reproductions of Air Mail postcards arranged in rows cover top two thirds of sheet. Lower section of sheet is blank.. Each card has a "return to sender" postal cancellation. Purpose of poster is to announce the change of address for the two designers from 147 Piermont Ave in South Nyck, NY to Apt 2A, 720 Greenwich St. NY.

Photographic postcards of Lue Swarz

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Two (2) photographic postcards depicting three (3) black-and-white images of Lue Swarz. The photographs are divided into three (3) panels divided by (2) vertical black bars. The bar on the left has a white panel with vertical, black script the reads, [AS / A / P / E / R / S / O / N / A / L / I / T / Y] with an arrow and three flourishes below. The bar on the right has a white panel with vertical, black script the reads, [AS / S / O / U / J / O / U / R / N / E / R / T / R / U / T / H] with three flourishes below. The central panel depicts an image of Swarz resting her arms and chin on a black surface with a rounded top. There is a white panel below her with black script that reads, [Affectionately / Yours, / Lue Swarz]. Swarz’s head is slightly tilted to the right and she is looking up towards the left edge of the image. On the left is an image of Swarz seated on a white block in front of a white arch shaped background. Next to her is a large rectangular planter with white flowers. At her feet is a basket of more white flowers. Swarz is wearing a black jacket and skirt over a white, ruffle neck blouse. She has a flower corsage pinned to the front of her jacket. A number and the photographer's mark, printed in the negative in the bottom left corner read, [2943] and [YOUNG / ST. LOUIS]. On the right is an image of Swarz, depicted in profile, seated on a wooden back chair. Swarz is wearing a black, nineteenth century dress and bonnet. The photographer's mark, printed in the negative in the bottom left corner reads, [YOUNG / ST. LOUIS]. On the back of the postcard is black text printed along the left edge that reads, [ORCAJO PHOTO ART, DAYTON, OHIO]. Across the top edge of the postcard reads, [POST CARD / CORRESPONDENCE / ADDRESS] and on the far right is a stamp box with the text [PLACE / STAMP / HERE] inside and the letters [D / O / P / S] at each corner of the box. There are no inscriptions on either postcard.

Postcards of [Lapham-Patterson House], Georgia, undated

National Anthropological Archives
Digital surrogates are available

Two postcards of the Lapham-Patterson House in Thomasville, Georgia. Consists of an exterior view and a view of a Victorian-era bedroom in the house. Part of set of postcards collected by anthropologist Ruth Landes.

A Passion For Postcards

Smithsonian Magazine

Postcards: The Write Stuff

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Student activity provides writing practice: penning a postcard message, and creating illustrated postcards.

Girl Scout Camp Postcards

National Museum of American History

Ben Shahn looking at postcards

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w

Photo shows Shahn, seen from behind, looking at a rack of postcards in a museum in Italy.

Waugaman Collection of Postcards, circa 1905

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Donated by Jack Waugaman, 2009

Five postcards from Japan dated after the Japanese victory in the Russo-Japanese War. Most of the images are of temporary triumphal arches 凱旋門

Books, posters, postcards exhibit poster

Archives of American Art
1 poster : ill. ; 38 x 20 cm. Poster for the Books, posters, postcards exhibit, held at the Woman's Building and presented by the Women's Graphic Center in Dec. 1978.
Poster designed and printed by Cindy Marsh.

Postcards from Home: St. Lucie County Aquarium

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
"Postcards from Home" is a monthly show designed to highlight St. Lucie County's cultural and natural treasures from well-known parks, museums and nature preserves to some of its best kept secrets. This episode features an in-depth interview with Bill Hoffman and Cristin Ryan from the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit at the St. Lucie Aquarium, followed by a walking tour of the facility.

[Dancing] [postcard]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Original caption reads, "Recreation." Postmarked and stamped on recto, "Tananarive, Madagascar, 16 June 1908," and "La Reunion Marseille, 18 June 1908."

Printed text on verso reads: "Société Lumiére. - Lyon."

Original hand-written address on verso, "Madame Lina Manin, Manufact Tabacs Lyon France."

Original hand-written text on recto, "You must be upset. What a silence, as heavy as that of the desert. Maybe it is rather the oppressive heat of summer which weighs on your hand. This picture is a photo taken during a country fair. I am dancing with a fat lady, my dog Tom at the forefront..."

Guerrier [postcard]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Original caption reads, "Warrior." Postmarked and stamped on recto, "Tamatave, Madagascar, 18 August 1902," "Reunion a Marseille, 19 August 1902," and "[September?] 1902, Pyrenees."

Original hand-written address on verso, "Monsieur Jacques de Lieutenaut au 18 de bignes, en manuevres Paris (Basses- Pyrénées) France."

Original hand-written text on recto, "Bara, Tamatave, 28 August 1902."

Postcards of Chinese Buddhist cave temples circa 1912

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Yamanaka & Co., was the dominant purveyor of Chiense and Japanese art in the US in the early 20th century. Company head Yamanaka Sadajiro (1866-1936), traveled extensively in China, acquring artworks for their rapidly growing American and European clientele.

Electronic finding aid available.

Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer

39 postcards created by Yamanaka & Co., Beijing, showing views of famous Buddhist cave temples of China. Locations include Yungang, Tianlongshan, Longmen, and Gongxian. The postcards were likely presented by a Yamanaka representative to Charles Lang Freer, a profitable customer.

龙门 巩县 云冈 天龙山

Ad for Patriotic Stamps and Postcards

National Air and Space Museum
Advertisement for patriotic stamps and postcards. Blue, red, black and white illustrated print depicting the silhouette and face of a white bird at bottom, a two-prop airplane seen from below flies overhead. At center, large red characters outlined in white. At left, characters in white, and at bottom, characters in red. Screen print.

Fly Now: The National Air and Space Museum Poster Collection

Throughout their history, posters have been a significant means of mass communication, often with striking visual effect. Wendy Wick Reaves, the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery Curator of Prints and Drawings, comments that "sometimes a pictorial poster is a decorative masterpiece-something I can't walk by without a jolt of aesthetic pleasure. Another might strike me as extremely clever advertising … But collectively, these 'pictures of persuasion,' as we might call them, offer a wealth of art, history, design, and popular culture for us to understand. The poster is a familiar part of our world, and we intuitively understand its role as propaganda, promotion, announcement, or advertisement."

Reaves' observations are especially relevant for the impressive array of aviation posters in the National Air and Space Museum's 1300+ artifact collection. Quite possibly the largest publicly-held collection of its kind in the United States, the National Air and Space Museum's posters focus primarily on advertising for aviation-related products and activities. Among other areas, the collection includes 19th-century ballooning exhibition posters, early 20th-century airplane exhibition and meet posters, and twentieth-century airline advertisements.

The posters in the collection represent printing technologies that include original lithography, silkscreen, photolithography, and computer-generated imagery. The collection is significant both for its aesthetic value and because it is a unique representation of the cultural, commercial and military history of aviation. The collection represents an intense interest in flight, both public and private, during a significant period of its technological and social development.

Copyright Disclosure for Orphaned Works

Whenever possible, the museum provides factual information about copyright owners and related matters in its records and other texts related to the collections. For many of the images in this collection, some of which were created for or by corporate entities that no longer exist, the museum does not own any copyrights. Therefore, it generally does not grant or deny permission to copy, distribute or otherwise use material in this collection. If identified, permission and possible fees may be required from the copyright owner independently of the museum. It is the user's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when copying, distributing or otherwise using materials found in the museum's collections. Transmission or reproduction of protected materials beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Users must make their own assessments of rights in light of their intended use.

If you have any more information about an item you've seen in the Fly Now: The National Air and Space Museum Poster Collection, or if you are a copyright owner and believe we have not properly attributed your work to you or have used it without permission, we want to hear from you. Please contact pisanod@si.edu with your contact information and a link to the relevant content.

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Postcard to James Weaver

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
The Museum of History and Technology was created as a part of the United States National Museum (USNM) on July 1, 1957. When the USNM ceased to exist as an administrative unit in 1967, the Museum of History and Technology became a separate museum called the National Museum of History and Technology. On October 13, 1980, the museum's name was changed to the National Museum of American History.

Color postcard from Ed Tarr, a trumpet player and musicologist, to James M. Weaver, Associate Curator for the Division of Musical Instruments at the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. The back has no image-instead, it contains the message from Tarr to Weaver. The address side contains Weaver's address and several Helvetia stamps of Switzerland and postmarks. The message to Weaver is as follows:

Basel, May 14, 1969 Dear Jim, Miss Virginia Fial, with whom I have been corresponding on the subject of natural trumpets, just wrote that you would like to have some information sent to you, presumably concerning our fall concert. Since I have heard from George Kent that our concert is "on", I don't quite know what sort of information you need. Could you please clear me up on this subject? What I could send you would be propaganda material: a broschure [sic] about George and me which you presumably already have, a record list brought up to date, a short biography of me with some reviews (all good, of course!), and a squib about the Edward Tarr Brass Ensemble. Also a repertory list with orchestra and a few photos. Please let me know your needs right away, and I will do my best to help you. Sincerely yours, Ed Tarr

Postcards, Bureau of Child Hygiene Department of Health Buffalo

National Museum of American History
Midwives have been helping deliver babies for millennia. Midwives in the early 20th century, with the advent of big-city hospitals continued to serve the needs of immigrants and rural American women.

The owner of this midwife kit was Rosa Bonfante. Rosa was from Palermo, Sicily, and immigrated to the United States in 1922, settling first in Buffalo, NY, and later in Albany. Her satchel and its contents, along with her story are shrouded in mystery. Rosa's grandson, Joseph Badlotto, writes in a brief statement that according to family lore, Rosa had an affair in Sicily with Carlo Chirchirillo (the donor's natural grandfather). Born of that affair in 1918 was a baby girl, named Mary (the donor's mother). Carlos and his wife, Felicia, raised the child, and in 1920 immigrated to the United States. Rosa followed about two years later posing as the child's godmother. Years passed before the truth about Mary's parentage became known.

Set of 21 postcards printed in black on tan paper. On the front is the address of the Department of Health. On the reverse is a form with spaces for date, name, address, birth date, midwife name, and midwife address. the postcards were found in the midwife's kit from Buffalo, NY about 1920.

Postcards addressed to President Theodore Roosevelt by the Kobe Picture Postcard Club, 1905

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Alice Roosevelt visited Japan in June as a member of the William H. Taft Mission to Asia, and travelled throughJapan again on her return from Korea in October.

Former collection of Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980). Gift of Joanna Sturm, granddaughter of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, 2009.

Pictures postcards, roughly half created individually, addressed to the American president, likely delivered to his daughter Alice Roosevedlt when she visited Japan in 1905. The backs of the postcards all have an identical stamp of the Kobe Picture Postcard Club. Most of the postcards have individual names and addresses of senders, as well as messages of congratulation and appreciation to the president during or after the Portsmouth Conference, in which he oversaw peace talks following the Russo-Japanese War.

神絵葉書楽部

Martha Smith Collection of Stereographs and Postcards, circa 1904

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
The cards were most likely assembled by Ms. Smith's father, A. Hyatt Mayor (1901-1980), art historian, writer, and Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator of Prints from 1946-1966.

Underwood & Underwood was an early photographic studio who produced steroscopic and photographic images from 1881 to the 1940s. Founded in Ottawa, Kansas by brothers Elmer Underwood and Bert Elias Underwood, the studio worked in Ottawa, Baltimore, and New York City. They sold box sets of photographs and set up distribution offices throughout the world. Underwood & Underwood covered major news events like the Boer War and the Great War.

Donated by Martha Smith, 2002

43 stereographs from the early twentieth century were produced by the Underwood & Underwood Studio depicting various scenes and people from Meiji Japan, 3 stereographs from the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris, France, and two black and white postcards from Japan. Specific Japanese locations depicted include: Yokohama; Mississippi Bay and the Mikado Cliffs; Tokyo; Mt. Haruna, Ikao; Kyoto; Hiroshima; Lake Chuzenji.

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