Collectors Show & Tell – Cloverdale Library – tomorrow – Nov. 26, 2016

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Cloverdale, B. C., parade. Postcard; date unknown. image MSC130-5665-02,  the British Columbia Postcards Collection, a digital initiative of Simon Fraser University Library.

Yes! Tomorrow I’ll be at the Collector’s Show & Tell 1-2 pm at Cloverdale Branch Library in Surrey BC to show a fiew of my postcards and talk to people about collecting. There will be collectors of all kinds of neat things there 🙂

I see that the Library collection includes some books on postcard collecting  –  and even a few postcard mystery novels. This one for children, The Postcard by Tony Abbott (2008) looks as if ti involves both postcards and family history. I’ll have to read that one! (Listed as available at the Guildford Library Branch in Children’s Fiction, Call #:ABBOTT.)

And in the morning there’s a Genealogy Show & Tell from 10:30 to 12:30. That is always the most fun genealogy event of the year.

Come for both events!

Here is the link to Cloverdale’s event calendar.

Cloverdale Library, 5642 – 176A Street, Surrey, BC V3S 4G9                                            Cloverdale Library phone: (604) 598-7320


The Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle’s 1909 World’s Fair

Here are the links for the talk I’m giving today on 1909 era Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition postcards. I will post some book titles later too. If you know a family member attended the AYPE, I’d love to hear from you!

The Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle’s 1909 World’s Fair

A very few on-line references

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Special Collections Division, University of Washington:

When the World Came to Campus, Library exhibit, from over 1200 photographs and postcards in the collection, including many of Frank H. Nowell’s official ones, along with maps. brochures, scrapbooks, etc.

A Memorable Enterprise, The AYPE and the City of Seattle. Seattle Municipal Archives:

Alaska Yukon Pacific “Seattle’s Forgotten World’s Fair”, documentary video,

Images of the Fair, Dan Kerlee,, many interesting images and asides, see an example of a photo permit, for instance:

:Alaska and Pacific Northwest early photographers collection, circa 1860-1943, Special Collections, University of Washington. See also at Archives West:

Family postcards (some from Canada) at Renaissance Woman

Renaissance Woman, Sandi Ratch, has been writing a series on her family postcards.

Postcards #1 – Banff [meaning Banff in Scotland] was the first. (This led to her discovering that there is a “little known” [!] town also called Banff in Canada. Gosh, I thought our Banff was world famous.)

Very interesting series of postcard articles – for me especially as it turned out that many were from or related to Canada. And along the way, Renaissance Woman has solved a number of little family puzzles. Always good to see!

Here’s a link to the latest article, Postcards #47 – Dick’s journey across Canada continued. These cards were written in 1915 by a Richard (Dick) Grant who died later at Vimy.


Farmers’ Mass – 1897 Victoria, BC, Canada

This week’s Vancouver Postcard Club meeting theme is New Found Treasures. Here’s one of mine – a 1897 concert rehearsal reminder card. Oh, the days before e-mail!

Save0006 Save0007Rehearsal reminder card, Farmers’ Mass rehearsal, Victoria, BC, Canada, May 1897.  Really I can’t quite read the name this card was sent to: W (or Mr.) Wall? Mull? and James Junr, Victoria – do you have another take on this? Or recognize the name?

I did find this article about the performance of the Farmer’s Mass in the Victoria Daily Colonist, Sunday, 2 May 1897, page 8.  Since this is not the best copy, see the digitized page copy by following this link.

Screenshot 2014-06-15 08.15.19And according to an earlier newspaper report, there was to be a photograph taken of the orchestra, chorus and soloists at one of the rehearsals by Mr. Fleming (Victoria Daily Colonist, 29 April, 1897, page 5).  Perhaps a copy survives?

The performance was repeated at the Nanaimo Opera House later in the month as a benefit for the Nanaimo hospital.