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Owney the Dog

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Watch Owney the Dog “come to life” above his official US commemorative stamp released July 27, 2011. Launch the app and aim your smartphone camera at the Owney commemorative stamp (or print an image of the stamp - and an animated Owney will appear, sit, trot and bark.

Owney was a scruffy mutt who became a regular fixture at the Albany, New York, post office in 1888. Owney loved the mail! Owney began to ride with the bags on Railway Post Office (RPO) train cars across the state . . . and then the country! In 1895 Owney even made an around-the-world trip. Owney has been preserved and is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, DC.

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Customer Reviews

Amuse a kid, see some history

Ok, this app does one thing. But it does it quite well! Just aim the app at an image of the Owney stamp (in a printer-less pinch, I pointed it right at a pic on my computer screen) and he runs and barks. It's a cute way to introduce a friend to Owney or add something extra to your mail. Kids think it's magic. Owney's story is cute, too. You may not use it daily, but it's a cool thing to try out.


Definitely a novelty app, and there's nothing wrong with that. Love it

I love Owney

This app is amazing. I had so much fun using it. Kids and adults will love it.

Owney the Dog
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  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 23.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).

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