Postcard of the U.S. Capitol at Night

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Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Color postcard of the United States Capitol Building at night. The building is lit, and a full moon is visible through a break in the clouds. The postcard is unused, but the message side has a printed note about the Capitol: "The United States Capitol, set on a height overlooking the amphitheater of the Potomac, is one of the largest and stateliest buildings in the world. It is 751 feet in length and 350 feet in width, covering three and a half acres. The Statue of Freedom on the dome towers 307 feet above the esplanade. The corner-stone was laid by President Washington in 1793; the central building was finished in 1797; and the extensions were first occupied by Congress in 1857 and 1859." The front of the postcard has a white border.
Contained within
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 84, Folder: 29
Contact information
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
Standard number
SIA2013-06669 (front) and SIA2013-06670 (back)
Curt Teich & Co
B.S. Reynolds Co. Washington, DC
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
Physical description
Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 5.5w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Linen
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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