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Pushing the Envelope Blog - Owney Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Washington DC

The National Postal Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum, is located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station in Washington, D.C. The Museum was created by an agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service in 1990 and opened to the public in 1993.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25th. Admission is free.


JULY 26, 2011 · 3:08 PM

By Lou Hebert

Owney the famous postal dog met his tragic demise in Toledo

Some historical events Toledo can lay claim to and be proud of, others … not so much. The Owney the postal dog story is one of the latter.

This week, the U.S. Postal Service will pay tribute to the famous little postal pooch by honoring him with his own postage stamp which will officially celebrate Owney as one of America’s great animal heroes, if not the first. If you don’t know the story of Owney, it all started by in 1888 when this scruffy Irish-Scottish Terrier mongrel took up residence in the Albany, New York post office.

It is recounted that Owney loved the scent of the mail bags and began riding the mail wagons and then one day hopped onto a rail car and started riding the trains. t was here where Owney’s legacy was carved.  Within a few years, Owney managed to travel on these cars quite extensively and quite independently, and as he appeared at various postal stations along his routes, postal employees would affix a postal tag to his harness and collar. He soon became laden with hundreds of tags as he routinely criss-crossed the United States on the rail cars.


It is still unclear exactly what the facts are surrounding the incident …. Click here for newspaper articles relating to Owney’s story!