Postal Personalities in Washington, DC

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We landed in DC last Thurday and hopped the Metro which we road several stops to Union Station which was a couple block walk to our hotel.  As we exited the building we could see the backside of the Capitol building and we were standing right next to the Postal Museum.  Great place to start the tour…

These charming personalities greeted us as we made out way downstairs to the light filled atrium that housed the exhibits.

Family of six?

And another family of six..

Each one a unique personality, each with much history and I am sure stories to tell of their service in spreading the mail.  I half expected them to talk like R2D2 at any moment. I was waiting for some postal conversation.

The museum itself was a pretty and simple building from the outside, but the marble and brass and carved moldings in the spaces inside made up for it’s rather staid countenance. With so many fantastic buildings in DC, it was hard to choose, but the Greek columns gave this building a stature and elegance. Plus the banners were a turquoise draw and could be seen from far away.

Inside the atrium space, several artifacts hung from the ceiling and filled the gallery with history, not to mention fantastic views of sky.

Mail planes…

Rail cars and even pretend postal workers. Owney the Postal Dog was there, literally, having been stuffed over 100 years ago.  It was a little creepy and I felt bad for the poor fellow that he had not been happily laid to rest with a bone, but his story was wonderful.

Plus the poor little guy was weighted down with all these medals.

Of course I had to snap the Boston one…. Anyway, the museum held many more secrets and views which I will share next post.  And yes, Good Mail Day was for sale in the gift shop for any of you who don’t own a copy, but funnily enough not ONE POST CARD!!



  1. I love museum posts! Looks like fun, but that poor dog having his body on display. Couldn’t they have left him to finally rest. Still working in death. Ah, the postal workers never sleep or is that the guy who makes the dounuts? Now, I’m confused. Hope you’re having a great time.

  2. Corrine, I love those post boxes. They look so friendly and cheerful.

  3. Love those mailboxes! But i (too) feel sorry for the little dog…sounds like a great trip.

  4. Fun seeing these shots. My brother is a postal worker so it interests me a bit more than the average person. I’ve heard the story of Owney too, what a character! Thanks for sharing.

  5. What an interesting museum…it sort of reminds me of seeing the Cable Car Museum in San Francisco. Poor little stuffed doggy. Who did that to him?

  6. That must have been so fun for you! I LOVED those mailboxes! AND the story about Owney. It is sad he was never laid to rest. Thanks so much for sharing and look forward to more! Hugs! deb

  7. How fun! I didn’t realize there was a postal museum – DC is so great for all their museums – and they’re free too, right? But you’re right about the doggie – poor boy!

  8. Now those are some mail boxes with personality! Great shots. Hope you’re having a fab time.

  9. They are wonderful Corrine–until not so long ago, we also had red postboxes here in DK- and you can see it in your number two photo-the last red one is Danish, so funny to find it there 🙂
    Must have been a great place to experience everything.

  10. What a great museum! They do need to work on that gift shop-no postcards?!

  11. Love those mailboxes! So jealous of your DC trip. It is on my list and need to get my kids there soon before they are embarrassed to be on a trip with their mom!

  12. Thanks for the tour. looks like a place one should not miss while in D.C. can’t wait for your next post.

  13. Marilyn J. Rock says:

    Great photos – love the postal boxes. I’m trying to catch up, here and there, with blogging again. I’ve missed you and your art! xxoo

  14. Looks like a fantastic trip Corrine, so much history! I bet you left with some great ideas swirling in that head of yours too!

  15. poor Owney what a sad looking little fella with all that haberdashery round his neck but I guess he had the life of riley when he was alive ………..x

  16. Hmmm – actual stitches on my journal page – I could probably manage that but not that tiny and even! 🙂 But, it’s a thought – a way to add some different texture and I have TONS of embroidery floss. Watch for it…..

  17. wow! You have been so busy and having fun! I need to get up to date on my blogs. I’m jealous you saw the postal museum. I wanna go there!

  18. Barbara Dunn says:

    Wow! What a cool museum! I had no idea it was there. I enjoyed Ownies story, too. Thanks for sharing!

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