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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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by Talbot, F.L.Imperial Bank of Canada (Wetaskiwin, Alta.)Merchants' Bank of Canada (Wetaskiwin, Alta.)Talbot, F.L.Talbot, F.L.Talbot, F.L.Talbot, F.L.Talbot, F.L.Merchants Bank of Canada (Wetaskiwin, Alta.)Talbot, F.L.Imperial Bank of Canada (Wetaskiwin, Alta.)Talbot, F.L.Talbot, F.L.Talbot, F.L.Talbot, F.L.Alexandra Public School (Wetaskiwin, Alta.)Talbot, F.L.Municipal Electric Light Plant & Gas Well (Wetaskiwin, Alta.)Talbot, F.L.: Photographer
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A man stands next to a railway car in the Canadian Pacific Railway rail yards. In the background can be seen numerous grain elevators.
Topics: Viewbooks, Banks, Schools, Landscapes (Representations), Railroads, Commercial streets, Cities...
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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, Viewbooks, Teachers colleges,...
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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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Giant Tyrannosaurus Rex model in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.
Topics: Dinosaurs, Sculpture
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 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...
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by Goldin & Co. Ltd.; Grant-Mann[Distributor; Lithographer]
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Front and side exterior view of Fort Garry Hotel with cars parked in front and along the side.
Topics: Hotels, Canada--Manitoba--Winnipeg
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Side view of the roller coaster peak.
Topic: Roller coasters, Winnipeg Beach,
Another view of Eighth Avenue in Calgary. The structure hanging in the foreground may be a street light.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Cityscapes, Cities & towns, Viewbooks, Cities & towns, Viewbooks,...
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by Gano, J. H.: Publisher
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Cattalo (i.e. the offspring of buffaloes bred with cattle) in Wainwright National Park, Alberta. A cowboy on horseback is in the distance.
Topics: Buffaloes, Cattle, Cowboys
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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
A bird's eye view of the rail yards and skyline of Winnipeg.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Cities & towns, City & town life, Viewbooks, Railroad stations,...
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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 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 Old Fort Garry (Winnipeg, Man.): Publisher
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This postcard is an artist's rendering of an aboriginal man with his dog team in front of Old Fort Garry.
Topic: Forts & fortifications
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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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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
View of School and adjacent house from the front left.
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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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...