A ‘Dear Doctor’ postcard – from Thailand to Esperanza, BC, Canada

As I now know, this is an example of a ‘Dear Doctor’ advertising postcard, sent by Abbott Laboratories in the 1950s and 60s to doctors and other health professionals.  These must have been ‘attention getters’ for sure. You can see that at one time someone had this particular one pinned up, perhaps as ‘art’.

I think my mother collected this card at one of the many stamp/collectable shows or flea markets we’ve attended. She’d have been interested in the image of Thailand. When I saw it, I was more interested in the address it was sent to – Esperanza, BC!

Esperanza and Esperanza Inlet are on the north side of Hecate Channel, south of Zeballos on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the Nootka Land District, British Columbia, Canada. Apparently the British Captain Cook named ‘Hope Bay’ in 1778, which was changed by the Spaniard Captain Malaspina to ‘Espérance’ in 1791. BC Geographical Names database (citing John T. Walbran, British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: Their Origin and History, published for the Geographic Board of Canada, Ottawa, 1909, as reprinted 1971).

According to the official BC Geographical Names database, the name of the settlement was adopted in 1946, changed to Esperanza Landing in 1959, then changed back in 1983.  Originally a nearby cannery post office (1926) was called Ceepeecee from the initials of the Canadian Packing Company; the name Esperanza was adopted for the settlement post office in 1960 but it closed in 1974.  The hospital there operated from the 1930s till 1974 when it closed.

See The Dear Doctor Postcard Collector Page by Tom Fortunato for more about these cards. And David C. Lai has written a book about them, Pentothal Postcards (Mark Batty Publisher, 2005). See the link at the bottom of The Dear Doctor page linked above.

A Dear Doctor postcard - sent from Thailand to British Columbia, CanadaFront of a ‘Dear Doctor’ postcard, titled on the back, ‘Dhonburi, Thailand, scenery of Pagoda of Dawn’ and mailed to Dr. Herman McLean, Superintendant, Esperanza General Hospital, Esperanza, B.C. Canada.

Back of a Dear Doctor postcard - sent from Thailand to British Columbia, Canada

 The back of the same ‘Dear Doctor’ postcard. Unfortunately someone removed the no doubt colourful stamp, and along with it, most of the postmark.



This video, Esperanza Vancouver Island 2009, published by thewestcoaster on YouTube, shows the modern Esperanza and its beautiful location along with historical photographs. For more about the Esperanza hospital and Esperanza today, see these links: BC Christian News and Esperanza Ministries.

North Somerset, England postcards – Weston super Mare

There was a nice article, “Weston-super-Mare through Postcards”, Part One by Colin Middle, published in the Weston-super-Mare & District [England] Family History Society’s journal, Buckets & Spades, issue 78, November, 2012.

The same article is now on-line for all to read on the Weston super-Mare & District Society’s website (and there’s a .pdf copy there too to save, if you like). Just follow the link above.

If any of your family ever lived or holidayed near Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England, you might even recognize someone in the postcards shown. Or you may find you already have a Jacksons Faces seaside holiday card in your own collection.

I recall a happy Sunday at Weston-super-Mare myself not too many years back. I walked (and ate) on the shore, feeling a little homesick for my own Vancouver on the sea. But that soon passed, as by a happy chance there was a collectable show nearby on that day, and I found myself looking at (and yes, buying) postcards – some originally posted all the way from home in British Columbia, Canada.

Here are a couple of other sites with Weston-super-Mare postcards:

Postcards of the Past – Weston-super-Mare
Weston-super-Mare on Old Postcards


It’s almost Christmas…

A favourite from my Christmas postcard collection. I see that it’s liked by others as this image has been used for various novelties.

All aboard for Merry Christmas -postcard “All Aboard for Merry Christmas”, a coloured, embossed holiday postcard. No artist identified. Unmailed; message on back reads “Merry Christmas from Aunt Alice”.  In the address section is the name “Wilson Eddy”.  Circa 1910s; ‘Whitney Made, Worcester, Mass.’ is within the Post Card motif on the card’s back. For more about the publisher, see the entry for the Whitney Valentine Co. (1858-1942) in the Publishers’ listings of the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City.
All aboard for Merry Christmas - Christmas postcard

One website, CardCow.com, offers a free e-card with this image.

And a few links to other Christmas postcards shown on-line –

  • Soviet era Christmas and New Year postcards at Mazaika.com, including space related ones. There’s a free wallpaper mosaic of Santa made from 1500+ Christmas and New Year postcards too: http://www.mazaika.com/postcard01.html

Happy holidays!


What is undoubtedly the largest collection of picture postcards In the world Is the property of the Prince of Wales’ eldest son. The collection includes cards from every country In the world, and Is now growing almost too bulky for convenient handling, there being more than 10,000 cards. One of the most Interesting albums Is that containing the cards sent him by his parents during their recent trip around the world.

Victoria Daily Colonist, Saturday, 6 October, 1906, page 4.

This collection surely must have included at least a few postcards of Canada. Here on the Official Website of the British Monarchy is a bit about the British Royal Stamp collections, which include stamps collected by George V and his son, Edward VIII. Nothing about postcards…perhaps auctioned long ago?