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. Sept. 19th – 7:00 pm to 9:00pm – Show and Tell Returns! Our perennial gathering to share stories about the postcard treasures that you’ve uncovered since we last met. Whether from a show, the internet or that secret source of yours, bring along your new postcard gems to show and tell us all. Location: John McKenzie House, 34 Parkview Ave. (at Doris) Free street parking, TTC to North York Centre.
Sat. Oct. 26th – 2:00 pm to 4:00pm – A family story told in postcards. Growing up, Norman Ball (TPC #1351) remembered his grandmother Elsie Pirie telling him about attending a boarding school in France and later working for a wealthy French family as a private nurse. He had a photograph of her taken in Lille. That was all, until he and his wife, Philippa Campsie, discovered her postcard collection. From scraps of information on the cards – pictures, postmarks, messages, names – emerged the story of Elsie and her family in England and France in the years before the First World War. It all started with a picture of a railway platform and the message “Do you remember this station?”
Location: John McKenzie House, 34 Parkview Ave. (at Doris) Free street parking, TTC to North York Centre.
Sat. Nov. 16th – 2:00 pm to 4:00pm 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.
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.