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    Description: Owney was a stray dog who wandered into the Albany, New York, post office in 1888. The clerks let him stay the night, and he fell asleep on a pile of empty mailbags. Owney was attracted to the texture or scent of the mailbags and began to follow them, first onto mail wagons and then onto mail trains. Owney began to ride with the bags on Railway Post Office (RPO) train cars across the state, and then the country. The RPO clerks adopted Owney as their unofficial mascot, marking his travels by placing medals and tags from his stops on his collar.

    Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer

    Medium: Medium unknown

    Culture: American

    Geography: USA

    Date: 1895

    Collection: Owney Collection

    Repository: National Postal Museum

    Accession number: A.2008-41

    Persistent URL: arago.si.edu/index.asp?con=2&cmd=1&id=194393

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    *Snado*, Zumix, chrisfreeland2002, and 21 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. chrisfreeland2002 71 months ago | reply

      I included this photo on the Wikipedia page for Owney & linked back here. Thanks for making these great images available!

    2. dogsbylori 67 months ago | reply

      This is a great dog photo! He looks happy!

    3. antoniaantilope 64 months ago | reply

      Nice little puppy. I like dog photographs a lot and this one is a very nice shot! :)
      I wonder what he's thinking :)))

      Yours Antonia
      Admin of the Group "Greatest Photographs in 2009"

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