3d pan white

Owney

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

 

View more collections from the Smithsonian Institution.

17,244 views
58 faves
11 comments
Taken sometime in 1895