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Topics in Chronicling America - Owney, the Railway Mail Dog

Owney, the renowned railway mail dog, returns home to New York on Dec. 23, 1895, after his world tour. Owney became famous as he traveled by mail car around the United States and Canada, then by steamer to other countries including Japan, China, Singapore and more! He became a mascot for the postal service and has recently been featured on his own postage stamp. Read more about it!

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Important Dates:

  • 1888-1897. Owney travels the country by mail car, becoming an unofficial mascot of the US Railway Mail Service.
  • August 19-December 23, 1895. Owney boards a steamer and makes his way around the world, departing from Tacoma, Washington and returning to New York.
  • January 1898. After Owney dies, he is stuffed and given a display at the Smithsonian Postal Museum.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Owney, railway mail, dog
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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