POSTCARD PUBLISHER HISTORIES

The TPC, like other Canadian postcard clubs, promotes the study of Canada’s postcard publishers and photographers, including the cataloguing of their work. Information about some of the country’s well-known publishers is found below. The company pages below are at various stages of development, and thus far represent just a small (and admittedly arbitrary) selection of large and medium-sized Canadian producers. We hope to add information on many more publishers in the future, so that this will eventually become the comprehensive online source of basic information that collectors have long wished for. We would also like to include major real photo postcard photographers in these listings.

We would like to emphasize that we view this as a collaborative, ongoing and probably endless effort. Some of the information included is only provisional — many discoveries and refinements are yet to come. Our approach is to start with what we have and work upward from there, using the resources of our members as well as of the many visitors to our site (we invite all of our readers to alert us to errors or new information). Having issued that disclaimer, we can also say that the histories shared on this page are full of valuable information that has been painstakingly researched by a number of our members.

Currently, we have histories of eleven companies, including Calgary’s H. Enida Olive Co., Winnipeg’s Consolidated Stationery (C.S. Co.), Montreal’s J. C. Wilson, Ottawa’s Photogelatine Engraving Co. (PECO) and a number of Toronto’s leading producers (W. G. MacFarlane, A. L. Merrill, Phillips & Wrinch, Pugh Manufacturing, Rumsey & Co., Valentine & Sons and Warwick Bros. & Rutter). Anyone with information that is relevant to the history of these companies or other major publishers should feel free to contact us. Note that there is a space for your comments at the end of each publisher biography.

3 Comments

  1. I can’t find any secondary sources that give information about the Canadian Post Card Co. Primary sources suggest the company was active from at least 1911 through 1969.

    I looked through City of Toronto directories from 1910 through 1969 (available online through the Toronto Public Library, https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/history-genealogy/lh-digital-city-directories.jsp). There was no listing in 1910.

    From 1911-1917, the Canadian Post Card Co (D A Lynn) is listed at 568 Dundas. In 1918 it is listed at 1570 Dundas W. In 1920 D A Lynn is listed as Donald A Lynn and the rest of the listing remains unchanged (except for the phone number) through 1946.

    In 1947 and 1948 the listing is “Canadian Post Card Co Ltd, Donald A Lynn pres, Elsie P Campbell sec-treas, post cards,” still at 1570 Dundas W.

    Both the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star report the death of Donald Alexander Lynn on March 14, 1948, noting that he was born in Barrie and founded the Canadian Post Card Co. “37 years ago.”

    In 1949, the directory listing is “Canadian Post Card Co Ltd, John E Bramham Pres, David Collver vice-pres, Elsie P Campbell sec-treas,” same address.

    In 1950, the listing is “Canadian Post Card Co Ltd, David Collver pres, Beatrice Vaughan sec-treas,” still the same address. The final listing available online is 1969 and is the same except Beatrice Vaughan has become Beatrice Collver in the interim.

    The Toronto Star (but not the Globe) reports the death of David Collver on October 4, 1976.

    That’s all I’ve been able to find.

    • Thanks Andrew. Great research. Will try to incorporate into our section on Canadian Postcard Publishers when time permits

  2. Do you know the dates or history of “THE CANADIAN POST CARD CO. Ltd Toronto 3” ?

    The Ontario Archives web site show it as c. 1910 to c 1950 – but it may be still operating under a different name.

    My family(Miners’ Bay Lodge) purchased many cards from them over the years and one that shows the above listing was definitely ordered in 1967.

    Thanks

    Russ Wunker

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