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

cloverdale parade sfu

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 ūüôā

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 Р176A 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.


Libraries on Postcards

Recently I saw a Library Postcard Flickr Pool with some very nice cards. I too have a (very) small collection of library postcards – all illustrate libraries from places I’ve been or from places my family members lived. None of these were scanned or listed. I shall have to add that to my ‘to dos’.

Deborah Cook Sayles Public Library, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - postcard

I’ve now uploaded a couple of library cards to Flickr. This should motivate me to scan and upload more soon.

This postcard shows the Deborah Cook Sayles Public Library, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. This historic building, opened in 1902, is still in use and was named in memory of Deborah Cook Sayles, who was born in Pawtucket and active in community work, and the wife of Frederic Clark Sayles, one of Pawtucket‘s mayors.

There were other things about the library that interested me, besides its architecture. It was one of the first to open on Sundays, so that mill workers could use it, and apparently one of the earliest to allow younger children in.

Some of my relatives from West Yorkshire (HEALEY, WOOD, WOODMAN) emigrated to Rhode Island and lived out their lives there.