Club meetings are held mostly every month from 7:00pm.The first half hour is for the exchange of postcard chat and a free coffee. A presentation of interest to history buffs and postcard collectors follows, or, we have a show and tell exchange about a select postcard topic. Visitors are welcome.
Saturday, April 29th, 2:00pm – Noted railway enthusiast and author Ralph Beaumont presents his most recent book ‘Heckman’s Canadian Pacific: A Photographic Journey’. Photographer for the CPR, Joseph Heckman travelled across Canada by train and hand car between 1898 and 1915 shooting images of the fledgling national railway system with his glass plate camera . The book is Beaumont’s carefully curated selection from the almost 5,000 Heckman photos from the CPR archives. A study in early Canadian life along the line of the CPR. The book will be available for sale at the presentation, or, if you cannot join us, through the Credit Valley Railway Co. web-site.
Location: Ontario Historical Society Offices 34 Parkview Avenue in Willowdale. More details below.
Saturday, May 13th, 2:00pm – Mike Smith presents ‘The Photos and Postcards of Reuben Sallows’ Little known outside of his Goderich studio in Huron County, Sallows became a master photographer of daily life in the early 20th century. Many of these views were used for postcards. Using the archive of original Sallows photograph scans at the Huron County Museum in Goderich, Mike Smith and Larry Mohring have been able to attribute many, many postcard views previously with an unknown origin. Location: 720 Bathurst St. (west side, south of Bloor just south of Lennox Street) Meeting Room #4 on the 3rd Floor. (map)
Saturday, June 10th, 10:30am – Field Trip to Colborne Lodge, the 1837 home of John Howard, one of Toronto’s first architects, a City engineer and surveyor, and founder of High Park. Featuring many original furnishings and artifacts as well as a selection of John Howard’s watercolour images of early Toronto, this City Museum is a must see for anyone interested in Toronto’s history. After our tour, we will retire to the nearby Grenadier Restaurant for refreshments where TPC Member #644 Joe Rozdzilski will further highlight the area using postcards from his collection. You can preview Colborne Lodge on its web-site here. Please note that there is limited parking near the Lodge and that Colborne Lodge Road is one way south only. TTC accessible via the Queensway #80 bus from the Keele subway station or the 501 Queen street car.
Evening Meeting Location: Ontario Historical Society Offices 34 Parkview Avenue in Willowdale. MAP Free on-street parking after 6:00pm. Accessible by TTC, from the ‘North York Centre’ stop on the Yonge line. Cross to the east side of Yonge and walk 2 blocks north to Parkview Ave., then one block east on Parkview. Cross Doris Ave. to the big red house on the corner by the park. Look for the blue Ontario Heritage plaque out front.