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Prairie Postcard Collection

The University of Alberta Library's Prairie Postcard Collection consists of postcards depicting various aspects of life on the Canadian Prairies from the late 19th through the mid 20th centuries. 

Originally hosted on the Peel Prairie's Provinces website, we've added thousands of new postcards to this digital collection and will continue to expand it as more cards are digitized. The physical collection is housed in the Bruce Peel Special Collections and is available to students, staff, and the general public for use within the Library. 


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The Fourth Avenue Bridge, also known as the Thunderbird Viaduct, opened in December 1929.
Topics: Viewbooks, Greeting cards, Souvenirs, Cities & towns, Teachers colleges, Universities &...
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by McDougall United Church (Edmonton, Alta.)The H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdMay, ByronThe H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdThe H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdLeMarchand Mansion (Edmonton, Alta.)The H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdMay, ByronHigh Level Bridge (Edmonton, Alta.)North Saskatchewan River (Edmonton, Alta.)Alberta Legislature Building (Edmonton, Alberta)The H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdHotel Macdonald (Edmonton, Alta.)The H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdMcDougall United Church (Edmonton, Alta.)The H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdThe H. Enida...
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The decorative front cover from a booklet of 8 postcards. Each card is of a different Edmonton landmark, and although the cards have been torn from their perforated binding, each card is separated from the next with a sheet of tissue paper.
Topics: Viewbooks, Hotels, Hospitals, Railroad stations, Schools, Bridges, Methodist churches, Post...
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The front cover of this souvenir booklet of fold-out postcards shows the British North American flag above an aboriginal chief in full dress. A maple leaf motif with a small beaver in the lower right corner is also visible on the cover.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Capitols, Government facilities, Legislative bodies, Croplands, Prairies,...
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by Chapman, J. Howard A.Banff National Park (Alta.)Chapman, J. Howard A.Bow River Valley (Alta.)Banff National Park (Alta.)Banff Springs Hotel (Alta.)Chapman, J. Howard A. ChapmanBanff Sanitarium (Alta.)Banff National Park (Alta.)Chapman, J. Howard A.Bow Falls (Alta.)Bow River (Alta.)Banff National ParkChapman, J. Howard A.Cascade Mountain (Alta.)Banff National Park (Alta.)Chapman, J. Howard A.Bow Falls (Alta.)Bow River (Alta.)Banff National Park (Alta.)Chapman, J. Howard A.Cave and Basin National...
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The cover of this booklet containing 12 postcards of photographs from Banff National Park.
Topics: Viewbooks, Greeting cards, Souvenirs, Landscape photographs, National parks & reserves,...
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by University of Alberta
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Athabasca Hall, the first official building of the University of Alberta.
Topic: Universities & colleges
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by Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co., Ltd.MackenzieMerchants' Bank of Canada (Edmonton, Alta.): Publisher
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This picture of the Merchants' Bank in Edmonton fills most of the postcard. In the foreground is a cyclist, two horse-drawn vehicles, a pedestrian, and a man with a wheelbarrow doing some manual work outside the bank. [This bank could possibly be the since re-named Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on Jasper Avenue and 101 street.]
Topics: Banks, Carriages & coaches, Carts & wagons, Cycling, Utility poles
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A bird's eye view of the rail yards and skyline of Winnipeg.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Cities & towns, City & town life, Railroad stations, Street...
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by Jasper National Park (Alta.)B.C. Printing & Litho Ltd.Jasper National Park (Alta.)B.C. Printing & Litho Ltd.Jasper National Park (Alta.)B.C. Printing & Litho Ltd.Canadian National RailwaysJasper National Park (Alta.)Canadian National RailwaysB.C. Printing & Litho Ltd.Mount Edith Cavell (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.)B.C. Printing & Litho Ltd.B.C. Printing & Litho Ltd.Beauvert Lake (Alta.)Jasper Park Lodge (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.)B.C. Printing & Litho...
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On the cover of this booklet of 9 fold-out postcards is a stylized graphic of Jasper National Park (formerly known as Jasper Park).
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Landscape photographs, National parks & reserves, Golf, Golfers, Rivers,...
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by Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Brandon College (Brandon, Man.)Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Prince Edward Hotel (Brandon, Man.)Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co.,...
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The entrance to a major agricultural exhibition known as the Dominion Fair, which was hosted by Brandon in 1913 and sponsored by the Federal Department of Agriculture.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Cityscapes, Cities & towns, City & town life, Churches, Hospitals,...
Another view of Eighth Avenue in Calgary. The structure hanging in the foreground may be a street light.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Cityscapes, Cities & towns, Commercial facilities, Clock towers, City...
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by Photogelatine Engraving Co.Maligne Canyon (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.): Publisher
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View of the Maligne Canyon located in Jasper National Park, Canada.
Topics: Canyons, Rock formations, Caves, Bridges, Cliffs
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Exterior view of three hotels in Edmonton: The Royal George, The King Edward, and The Alberta (which appears to be located on Jasper Avenue). Cars are parked in front of The Royal George, while a horse-drawn cart and a trolley car can be seen in front of The Alberta Hotel.
Topics: Hotels, Automobiles, Canada--Alberta--Edmonton
A dog team pulls a man in a sled past the gates of Fort Garry.
Topics: Cities & towns, Viewbooks, Cities & towns, Viewbooks, City & town life, Commercial...
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by Atkinson Bros.: Publisher
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Sightseeing tour. There is a sign in the bus reads Observation Automobile "The Only Way".
Topics: Viewbooks, Cityscapes, Automobiles, Transportation
Indoor scene of the Rotunda looking into the Palm Room in The Fort Garry, The Grand Trunk Pacific Hotel. A chandelier hangs from the ceiling. The photo is taken from the bottom floor looking out into the room with high ceilings and the second level is visible. There are plants throughout the room. Chairs line the walls and doorways to other rooms are visible in the background of the main floor.
Topics: Rotundas, Hotels, Chairs, Plants, Chandeliers, Palm room, Doorways
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by Valentine & Sons:Publisher
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Coloured photograph of farmers loading a horse-drawn wagons of harvest into a threshing machine
Topics: Agriculture, Farming, Threshing, Threshing machines, Land settlement--Canada
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The Purple Lantern was a Chinese restaurant in Edmonton.
Topic: Restaurants
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by Cambrian Hotel (The Pas, Man.)
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Street featuring Hotel Cambrian and a parked car in The Pas Manitoba.
Topic: Hotels
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by St. Anthony's General Hospital (The Pas, Man.)
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Interior view of St. Anthony's hospital's hallway in The Pas, Manitoba.
Topics: Hospitals, Passageways
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by Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Novelty Mfg. & Art Co. Ltd.Canadian National Railways Station (Saskatoon, Sask.)Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Saskatoon Tuberculosis Sanatorium (Saskatoon, Sask.)Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Sask.)Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Chemistry Building. University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Sask.)Novelty Mfg. & Art Co.,...
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Crowds of people are gathered at what appears to be an outdoor recreational area. Some stand poolside watching others swim.
Topics: Cities & towns, Viewbooks, Railroad stations, Automobiles, Flags, Sanatoriums, Tuberculosis,...
Entrance to Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Landscape photographs, National parks & reserves, Lakes & ponds,...
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by Jasper National Park (Alta.)Athabasca River (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.)Athabasca River (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.)Jasper National ParkJasper National Park (Alta.)Rocky Mountains (Alta.): Publisher
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The front cover of a booklet of 8 postcards that, despite the generic title, are specifically from Jasper National Park.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, National parks & reserves, Mountains, Rivers, Landscape photographs,...
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Giant Tyrannosaurus Rex model in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.
Topics: Dinosaurs, Sculpture
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by Slark, F.H.: Photographer
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A souvenir card folder including ten images with the following captions: Mt. Edith Cavell; Maligne Canyon; Athabasca Falls; Lac Beauvert and Pyramid Mountain; Maligne Lake; Jasper Raven Totem Pole; Mt. Kerkeslin and Athabasca River; Mt. Esplanade; Pocahontas Drive; The Ramparts and Amethyst Lake; the Athabasca River.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, National parks & reserves, Landscape photographs
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by Coolidge, C. M.: Publisher
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Classic painting of dogs playing poker.
Topics: Poker, Dogs, Paintings
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by University of Alberta
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Assiniboia Hall, built in 1912, was a male student residence until renovations were begun in the '70s.
Topics: Universities & colleges, Educational facilities, Art education
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Exterior of a convent building with a fence in front.
Topic: Convent