This Sunday, Sept 16, from noon – 2:00 pm, Vancouver Postcard Club presents a talk by Art Davies on postcards of Britannia Beach – mines and community.
Britannia Beach was a ‘company town’ 50 kms north of Vancouver. At one time it was the largest Copper producing mine in the British Empire; it operated until 1974. Beset by landslides and other tragedies throughout its history, it is now a National Historic Site and enjoying the success of the refurbished Britannia Mine Museum.
This talk will be at the Hastings Community Centre in Vancouver, 3096 East Hastings St., V5K 2A3.
Vancouver Postcard Club: http://www.vancouverpostcardclub.ca
Coming up this weekend – the Vancouver Postcard Club‘s annual Postcard Show, Sunday 27th May, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings St., Vancouver V5K 2A3.
This theme this year is “Vancouver 1912 – 100 years ago in postcards”. Many dealers will be in attendance with postcards from all over the world; some will bring other ephemera for sale as well. There will be displays by members, and refreshments too.
M. Diane Rogers, club member and Past President of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, will be the guest speaker on Sunday, April 15th, noon – 2 pm.
Diane’s presentation will be on War Memorials and related subjects on postcards.
Across Canada, community cenotaphs, most built from the 1920s to honour the dead of World War I, are seen in small towns and big cities alike, but other types of war memorials from university gyms to high school tennis courts may also be found. Many of these have been commemorated on postcards, like this one showing the cenotaph in Chilliwack, BC, and believed to have been photographed and produced by Alexander Wilson in the 1930s. Margaret Waddington’s biography of Alexander and Hilda Wilson appeared in Postview, February 2011, published by the Vancouver Postcard Club.
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada Cenotaph. Postcard; private collection.
Tom Beasley will be showing a selection of postcards of Thunder Bay, Ontario (formerly Port Arthur and Fort William) from a dozen or so photographers who were active from about 1900 to 1940,
Vancouver Postcard Club meetings are the 3rd Sunday of each month from noon to 2pm at the Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings St., Vancouver, BC (across from the PNE grounds). Anyone interested in postcards is welcome. At most meetings, there a selection of members’ postcards are offered for sale.