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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.2008-39

    Persistent URL: arago.si.edu/index.asp?con=2&cmd=1&id=194391

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    missnae, MoreThanTheClash, and 54 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. PolkadotSparrow (April) 80 months ago | reply

      What a wonderful story, and a wonderful dog!

    2. kain19830712 80 months ago | reply

      dog is human's best friend! I like this photo&story,and I will remember oweny.

    3. shanan 79 months ago | reply

      great story :-)

    4. Flumpster 78 months ago | reply

      Aaah what a great story :-)

    5. bonksie61 78 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Almost Anything BRIDGES COMP... Get entering., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. Reggie1 76 months ago | reply

      This is a wonderful story and great shot. What a great dog.

    7. WISE STUDIO 75 months ago | reply

      cute and great ,i love him.

    8. pdxpaula 59 months ago | reply

      I hope you enjoy reading the article I wrote about Owney. What an incredible dog!

    9. conniemichelle 59 months ago | reply

      This my be my favorite photo in the entire collection thus far. I love Owney. What a sweetheart.

    10. ucumari photography 56 months ago | reply

      GREAT dog, fabulous photo!

    11. Smithsonian Institution 38 months ago | reply

      Owney makes a guest appearance on CuteOverload.com, featured in "Vintage ResQte!"
      Must say, I quite agree... he's a cutie.

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