Vancouver Rare Book, Photograph & Paper Show – Oct. 7-8, 2017

The Vancouver Rare Book, Photograph & Paper Show is coming up this weekend – Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th at the Heritage Hall in Vancouver.

Open Saturday 9-5
Open Sunday 10-3
Tickets at the door.
Yes, there will be postcards! Check out the Exhibitors’ gallery on the Show website to see a few of the grand cards that John Cheramy is bringing, including Early BC Fire Fighters and Sports Teams.

If you are interested in selling, check out the Visitor’s Information page now to contact an Exhibitor before the Show.

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


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.