• NEXT TPC MEETING Thurs. Nov. 28th 7:00pm.

    Iconic 1920s and 1930s New York City Architecture in postcards.

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Club Meetings

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.

Thurs. Nov. 28th – 7:00 pm to 9:00pm  – The 1920s & 1930s Skyscrapers of New York City. This and other fabulous postcards from the collection of TPC member Kyle Jolliffe (#1187) form the basis of Kyle’s discussion of the architecture of this iconic, artistic style in the buildings of this trend-setting city. Location: John McKenzie House, 34 Parkview Ave. (at Doris) Free street parking, TTC to North York Centre.

SAVE THE DATE! Thurs. Dec. 5th, 6:30  for our annual holiday buffet at the Mandarin (Yonge -Eglinton). $23.00 per person. RSVP to Barb H. by November 30th.

New Year’s Social and AGM – Sat. Jan. 18th, 1:30pm to 4:00pm.     Bring your postcard traders, your ‘for sales’ and your brag books to share with fellow TPC’ers.  Share your ideas about promoting Canadian  deltiology and the Toronto Postcard Club.

Location: John McKenzie House, 34 Parkview Ave. (at Doris) Free street parking, TTC to North York Centre.

Sat. Feb. 8th  2:00pm to 4:00pm.  Author and historian Coralina Lemos’ on her new book ‘Corktown: The History of a Toronto Neighbourhood and the People Who Made It’. It recognizes individuals who contributed to the community and underlines an awareness of how the area became a beacon to the new settlers of the time.  Her presentation will showcase a selection of postcards and images while referencing the outcome of her research.

Location: John McKenzie House, 34 Parkview Ave. (at Doris) Free street parking, TTC to North York Centre.

Sat. March 7th  2:00pm to 4:00pm. The history of a small community told in postcards. 

TPC member (#1502) Jeri Danyleyko has spent many years exploring ghost towns and abandoned sites. Pigeon River, Ontario was a small roadside hamlet in Northwest Ontario on the Minnesota/Ontario border. The community’s origins were controversial and unusual.  A popular tourist destination from the 1920s to the 1960s, Pigeon River and the nearby Middle Falls Park (later the Pigeon River Provincial Park) were extensively promoted.  Their stories from beginning to end can be told almost entirely in postcards.  Including over 70 postcards  from her collection and a number of artifacts, this is a story that you don’t want to miss.

Sat. April 4,  11:00am –  Field trip to the John Street Roundhouse  Attention ‘railheads’ and historians. We’re going to the Toronto Railway Museum at Roundhouse Park. (opposite the Rogers Centre)  Created in 2010, the museum is operated by the Toronto Railway Historical Association.  The John Street Roundhouse in this RPPC view celebrated 90 years  in October 2019. Our tour will highlight the contributions of Toronto’s railways to the development of the city and to Canada.   If you have any postcards or pictures that you wish to share with the group, bring them along. Getting there:  TTC to Union Station and 1) walk or 2) transfer to the 510 Spadina or 509 Harbourfront to the Harbourfront Centre stop and walk north to the park.  Or, take the 504 King car to John Street and walk south past Rogers Centre to Roundhouse Park.  By car: closest parking lot is the Lower Simcoe lot of the Convention Centre.
 

Sat. April 25th  2:00pm to 4:00pm. TPC member #940 Mike Smith updates the Stedman story. Incorporated in 1908 to trade, manufacture and publish books, magazines and postcards, Stedman Brothers Limited had branches in Brantford, Toronto and Winnipeg. One of Canada’s most prolific, early postcard publishers they are thought to have had 9,000 different designs in their repertoire. The firm was so prolific, in fact, that Mike has created a second edition, all-colour Stedman Bros. Picture Postcard Handbook. Come and listen to Mike’s updates on this important Canadian postcard manufacturer.  The book will be available at the meeting for the “show special” price of $45.

Usual Meeting Location: Ontario Historical Society Offices   34 Parkview Avenue in Willowdale near Yonge & Empress.  MAP Free on-street parking after 6:00pm. Accessible by TTC, from the ‘North York Centre’ stop on the Yonge Line 1. 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.

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