So. Pas. Ostrich Farm

Description (Brief)
Leather tri-fold wallet-style stamp holder with celluloid inserts on three panels. One panel is engraved with the words "Postage Stamps." The other two have photos of the ostrich farm in South Pasadena, Calif. Information inside tells how to obtain a price list for feather boas, plumes, and fans. The proprietor's name was Edwin Cawston.
Cawston's Ostrich Farm and Zoological Garden, established in 1886, was both a profitable business dealing in ostrich feathers as well as a popular tourist attraction. Visitors could take the Pasadena & South Los Angeles Electric Railroad out to the park. There they could see ostrich chicks in incubators, learn about the process of feather collecting and dyeing, tour the gardens, and take rides in ostrich-drawn carriages.
The site has been designated as a historic landmark by the City of South Pasadena. Today the old factory buildings have been repurposed into a 53-unit condominium space known as Ostrich Lofts.
Currently not on view
Object Name
stamp holder
date made
after 1915
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (inserts material)
leather (overall material)
paper (pages material)
overall: 4.5 cm x 7 cm x .5 cm; 1 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 3/16 in
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accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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