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Historical Postcard Collection

The University of Alberta Library's Historical 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 digital collection, we've added thousands of new postcards in 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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A bird's eye view of the town of Minnedosa.
Topics: Viewbooks, Cityscapes, Government facilities, Commercial streets, City & town life, Cities...
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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,...
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Side view of the roller coaster peak.
Topic: Roller coasters, Winnipeg Beach,
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by Jasper National Park (Alta.)Ramparts Mountain (B.C.), Amethyst Lakes (Alta.), Tonquin Valley (Alta.), Jasper National Park (Alta.)Tonquin Valley (Alta.), Jasper National Park (Alta.), Amethyst Lakes (Alta.), Mt. Geikie (B.C.)Maligne Lake (Alta.), Spirit Island (Alta.), Jasper National Park (Alta.)Edith Cavell, Mount (Alta.), Angel Glacier (Alta.), Jasper National Park (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.)Jasper Park Lodge (Alta.), Jasper National Park (Alta.)Beauvert Lake (Alta.), Edith Cavell,...
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The cover of this souvenir booklet of fold-out postcards is a panoramic view of Mount Edith Cavell and Beauvert Lake from Jasper Park Lodge.
Topics: Viewbooks, Greeting cards, Chalets, Mountains, Glaciers, Automobiles, Mounted police, Horseback...
The Fourth Avenue Bridge, also known as the Thunderbird Viaduct, opened in December 1929.
Topics: Viewbooks, Greeting cards, Souvenirs, Cities & towns, Viewbooks, Teachers colleges,...
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A booklet of 12 hand-tinted postcards, produced on heavy card stock, of various mountain scenes from Alberta and British Columbia
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Landscape photographs, Mountains, Viewbooks, Mountains, Glaciers, Railroads,...
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by Photogelantine Engraving Co. LtdTremont Hotel (Minnedosa, Man.): Publisher
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Exterior of Tremont Hotel with men standing outside building.
Topic: Hotels
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by Meyers Photo: Photographer
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View of a downtown Winnipeg street depicting brick buildings and storefronts. Visible signs read, "Cotter Bros. Plumbing and Heating Coliseum" and "Lions Carage"
Topics: Cityscapes, Commercial streets, Business districts, Stores & shops, Office buildings
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A commercial district in Brandon filled with the activity of pedestrians, shoppers, newspaper boys, horse-drawn vehicles, and one automobile.
Topics: City & town life, Buildings, Streets, Presbyterian churches, Baptist churches, Methodist...
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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
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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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Front view of the entire roller coaster. Carts with passengers are coming down from the peak and there are people wainting in line to board the roller coaster at the entery. Trees are in the backgraound.
Topic: Roller coasters, trees, Winnipeg Beach
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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 Rumsey & CoConnaught School (Medicine Hat, Alta.): Publisher
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Exterior view of a school.
Topic: Schools
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by Marcell of Calgary:Photographer
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Man approaching light coloured horse with rope attached to its bridle
Topics: Horses, Cowboys, Roping, Ropes, Cowboy Hats, Chaps, Bridles, Rodeos
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Exterior view of the Edmonton Jesuit College in Edmonton, Alberta. The college closed in 1942 and after the Second World War, became the Charles Camsell hospital.
Topics: Religious education, Universities & colleges
View of the Countess of Dufferin, (Western Canada's first steam locomotive), the reassembled locomotive was place in a park across from the CPR depot.
Topic: Railroad locomotives
View of School from the front left.
Topic: Schools
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by Saskatoon Drug & Staty. Co.: Publisher
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The wooden Canadian Northern Railway bridge collapsed March 4, 1912 when wheels of rear truck, the sleeper "Kipling" on south bound train to Regina, Jumped the track at the switch and swung wide, hitting a pillar of the bridge. The first span and the sleeper crashed to the ice injuring 12 passengers.
Topics: Railroad accidents, Railroad bridges, Railroad cars, Rivers, Bridge failures
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by Harmon, ByronMount Assiniboine Provincial Park (B.C.)Banff National Park (Alta.)Mount Assiniboine (B.C.): Photographer
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Mt. Assiniboine, on the border of Banff National Park and Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park, is one of the higher peaks in the Canadian Rockies, 3618m. It is named for the Assiniboine or Stoney Tribe which originally came from the Lake of the Woods region of the Canadian Shield and, pushed westward by settlement in the east, settled in the foothills of the Rockies. Early mountaineers in the Rockies coveted the first ascent of Mt. Assiniboine which they dubbed the Matterhorn of the Rockies. James...
Topics: Mountains, Tents, Camping, Trees
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Giant Tyrannosaurus Rex model in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.
Topics: Dinosaurs, Sculpture
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by The H. Enida Olive Co'y Ltd: Publisher
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Exterior view of Norwood School and grounds in Edmonton, Alberta.
Topic: Schools
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On the back of this souvenir booklet of fold-out postcards is a view of Castle Mountain which was once re-named Mount Eisenhower. The mountain is located half-way between Banff and Lake Louise.
Topics: Viewbooks, Greeting cards, National parks & reserves, Mountains, Resorts, Hotels, Rivers, Lakes...
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by Langbell: Photographer
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Main street looking South East from the Railway water tower. Cars parked along the road.
Topics: Commercial streets, Stores & shops, Automobiles
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by Photogelatine Engraving Co.: Publisher
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Photograph depicts Main Street, Dauphin, Manitoba.
Topics: Business districts, Stores & shops, Lampposts
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by Vaitkunas, Peter: Photographer
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Birds-eye view of Main Street in St.Paul, Alberta
Topic: Cityscapes
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Stacks of buffalo bones in open prairie setting, beside railway box-cars.
Topics: Buffaloes, Bones (Anatomy), Railroad cars, Railroad tracks, Men, Carts & wagons, Children
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by Photogelatine Engraving Co.Banff National Park (Alta.): Publisher
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View of four Aboriginal men in traditional clothing in front of a tipi.
Topics: Indigenous peoples, Tipis, Carts & wagons, National parks & reserves, Indian encampments
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by Moose Mountain Provincial Park (Sask.)Kenosee Lake (Sask.)
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Chalet at Kenosee Lake, built by Charles Parker in 1932. He was stonemason and contractor.
Topics: Chalets, Hotels
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Children and adults sunbathing and swimming at Grand Beach, located on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba.
Topics: Beaches, Lakes & ponds, Sunbathing, Swimming, Lake Winnipeg (Man.), Canada--Manitoba--Grand...
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View of dancing pavilion and grounds with trees at Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba.
Topic: Dance halls
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by Valentine & Son's Publishing Co., Ltd.,: Publisher
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Exterior view of Grey Nuns'Hospital, Regina and adjacent grounds.
Topic: Hospitals
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A young Sarcee named Setukko with elaborate hair and some traditional clothing.
Topics: Indigenous peoples, Portraits, Men
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by Wainwright Studio: Publisher
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A group of hunters on horseback accompanied by their hunting dogs.
Topics: Hunting, Horseback riding, Hunting dogs, Snow, Sleds & sleighs
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 Calgary Photo Supply Co.Calgary Zoo. Natural History Park: Publisher
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View of model dinosaurs at the St. George Island park in Calgary, Alberta.
Topics: Dinosaurs, Sculptures
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by Photogelatine Engraving Co.: Publisher
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An image of an Aboriginal man on horseback in ceremonial regalia and head dress. Colours have been added to the photograph in a chromolithograph process.
Topics: Indigenous peoples, Horseback riding, Headdresses, Tipis, Tribal chiefs
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by Empire Hotel (Calgary, Alta)
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Icicle-covered ruins of the Empire Hotel in Calgary, Alberta after the fire of 1920.
Topics: Fires, Ice, Winter, Hotels
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Portrait of Cree man identified as "Oo-Hoo" [Ohoo Star Blanket].
Topics: Tribal chiefs, Indigenous peoples
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Photo depicts a street in Wynyard, Saskatchewan.
Topics: Commercial streets, Storefronts, Automobiles
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