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  1. I would like to solicit the assistance of any members with Rumsey or P.E.I. collections. I am compiling a catalogue of early (pre WWI)Rumsey cards of P.E.I. and have identified 25-30 cards. Gaps in the known series suggest there may upwards of 20 additional cards. The Rumsey cards have number in the stamp box and there appear to be there are two main series of P.E.I. cards in the form 253?? and 480?? My current problem is that I have four cards where the number is unreadable owing to a stamp on the card. If anyone has unstamped copies of any of the following Rumsey cards I would appreciate learning what the number may be:
    Charlottetown Harbour P.E. Island
    Market Square, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
    Queen Street, Charlottetown, P.E.I. [monotone]
    Birds Eye View from the Post Office, Summerside, P.E.I.
    With regard to the latter card there are actually two cards with the identical title – the one I am seeking information about is not card #48028. My guess is it is probably either 48027 of 48029.

    It is my intention to add the Rumsey information to my on-line illustrated catalogue of P.E.I cards found at https://straitpost.wordpress.com/publisher-lists/

  2. I have found a card by the International Stationery Co. of Picton that’s in colour – looks like water colour but it’s original to the card. This is the first ISC card I’ve ever seen that’s colour, at least for Toronto. Do any of you have ISCs in colour?

  3. I am wondering if anyone is doing work on Pugh Manufacturing? The company seems to have been very busy. For Prince Edward Island alone I have identified more than 60 pre-WW1 cards and the numbering sequence suggests there are at least 75 with a high probability of a lot more. If anyone can help interpret the numbering sequence, usually in the format XXX-XX I would be most appreciative. There doesn’t seem to be a specific number for a province or a city – I have several sequences for Charlottetown for example. I have just posted a revised illustrated catalogue of the P.E.I. cards that I am aware of at
    https://straitpost.wordpress.com/publisher-lists/pugh-postcards-of-prince-edward-island/
    Of you can simple search for “Straitpost” and drill down from there. I would be interested in learning of additional PEI Pugh series or the titles of the missing cards in the listing.

    • Card Talk Editor

      Thanks for your question, Harry. We will see if anyone is doing work on Pugh Manufacturing beyond the limited information in our publisher biography. The first three digits in the numbering series would likely have represented a specific “order” from a retailer or wholesaler in PEI. If there were repeated orders, there would presumably have been various numeric designations that wouldn’t be consecutive because other non-PEI orders would have been fulfilled in the meantime.

      I’ve come to recognize that most publishers weren’t engaged in a grand, patriotic program of printing up postcards of the whole country, after which they hoped to sell what they’d produced. Rather, a company like Pugh was principally an order-taker or middleman that would receive submitted photos (e.g. of PEI scenes) and then send them off to the printers in Germany (typically) to have postcards made from them. Once received, the finished cards would be dispatched by Pugh to the local distributor or retailer for sale. Some companies were probably more active and actually did send photographers out to take photos — e.g. I’d expect Valentine & Sons mostly worked in that way. It’s all guesswork, of course. (Andrew Cunningham, Editor, Card Talk)

    • Card Talk Editor

      Great Pugh catalogue, by the way! If everyone else can do that for their region, we’ll be all set.

  4. I have visited your page twice and enjoyed reading some of your detailed articles.
    While I no longer remember when I acquired my first vintage postcard, I
    did belong to the Vancouver and Saint John, N.B. clubs for a time in the mid-1980s.
    Currently I web-publish THE LOST VALLEY BLOG which explores the history of
    Saint John, New Brunswick [290 articles so far]. Frequently I employ cards as illustrations
    as they are often the only evidence of vanished streetscapes, industries, landmarks etc.

    The current article “A Penny Worth of History” (May 8, 2017) describes Bruce ERB,
    an accountant who was a very serious philatelist, and who took his postcard exchanges
    very seriously. I published a sampling from an exchange he did with an advanced
    collector in Portugal from 1914-15, and I feel certain other knowledgeable postcard
    historians will have encountered Erb’s mailings. If any of you can add to the story
    I would be happy to append your remarks to the article.
    Googling “The Lost Valley Blog” will be sufficient to find my web publication.

    Ron Jack in B.C.

    • The second instalment of the article is now web-published.
      It is entitled “ISAAC ERB – The Postcard King”, and I do feel that
      with these two articles I have broken new ground. There is certainly more to
      discover. Our work is collaborative as well as cumulative, which is why I
      invite comments from card experts in your Club. It would help to learn, for
      instance, the purchase prices or contractual arrangement between firms
      like Valentine and Sons, and Canadian photographers.

      Again, the articles are easily found by Googling THE LOST VALLEY BLOG

      Cheers,
      Ron Jack, Blog Author and Publisher.

      • Card Talk Editor

        Thanks, Ron.

        The blog is very interesting. There is definitely a lot there that would interest postcard collectors. I have the thick Saint John card with the door and accordion-style fold out images that you mention in your post 291. It’s an example of a Warwick Bros. & Rutter “Series 59” card (according to the numbering in the WB&R guide book). Those cards appear to have been produced by the Rotograph Co. of New York (and marketed by Warwick Bros. in Canada). There are eight known Canadian cards of this type, of which three are from New Brunswick – Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton.

        I haven’t heard anything about purchase prices or contractual arrangements, although I would expect that some of that information is out there somewhere — perhaps you will receive a response as a result of this posting. If you’re able to attribute common Valentine & Sons or other postcard images to Erb or anyone else, please keep us informed.

        You might want to give some thought to joining our club so you can get our magazine 3x per year — we have members from nearly every province so it by no means just a Toronto thing.

        Andrew Cunningham

  5. Inspired by the recent publication on the TPC site of very useful and interesting histories of smaller postcard publishers I have added a number of pages to my StraitPost site to include capsule histories and checklists of several P.E.I. publishers (although retailers or distributors may be the more accurate term). These pages include histories of several small firms whose name appears as publishers on P.E.I. cards as well as illustrated checklists for those firms and for P.E.I. cards from national publishers such as Pugh and Warwick Bros. & Rutter. The pages can be found at https://straitpost.wordpress.com/publisher-lists/
    Both the histories and lists are works in progress and I am interested in any information which can correct errors or add to the completeness of the records. The companies included to date are: R.F. Maddigan, Taylor’s Book Store, Pugh Manufacturing, and Warwick Bros. and Rutter with work continuing on the Charlottetown firms Haszard and Moore, and Carter and Company

  6. Great to see more information about the Canadian Postcard Publisher histories. There are probably scores, if not hundreds of local, regional and national publishers out there and additional information about them is most welcome. Lots of confusion still about differences between publishers and printers and in some sources the terms seem to be used interchangeably.

  7. Hi, I’m looking for an old postcard. I have seen one listed on ebay but had been sold. The card I’m looking for is of St Mungo’s Presbyterian Church in Cushing Quebec.

    Thank you

    William

    • Card Talk Editor

      Hi William,

      The best we can do is to leave your query here and see if anyone can help you out. Otherwise, you can visit a sale and try your luck and/or follow eBay and other sale sites such as Delcampe.net – another copy may eventually come up.

  8. Hi..
    I am looking for cards showing scenes from St.Charles (outskirts of Winnipeg) Manitoba. Can anyone help? thanks much.. len@osint.ca

  9. I have a lot of postcards I would like to find a new home for — but they are neither Torontonian nor vintage (though they may be in 50 years). In my travels in Europe and South America in the 1970’s and 80’s I collected postcards instead of taking pictures. Consequently I have two card file drawers full of cards (one, France and Italy; the other The Rest of the World). Is anyone interested in taking them off my hands or suggesting another way of passing them on? Thanks for any response.

  10. I am looking to buy a postcard of St Joseph’s hospital in downtown Toronto. I was born there in 1955. Also any photos of Old Toronto, Zorra St in particular. Thank you so much.

  11. I have been looking for clear pages for 12 x 12 scrapbooking albums that fit standard post cards… has anyone seen such a thing??? Thanks!

  12. I am looking for postcards of certain Canadian cities and towns, as well as early aviation, to do with first flight mail deliveries in the 1920s and 30s. Any assistance would be most appreciated.

  13. Just wondering how many J.Ed.Terryberry postcards there are? I have two cards and his own personal photo album witch I inherited all photos of Toronto and the Muskoka’s dated back to the early 1880’s just wondering if some of the photos could be real photo cards if any one knows please let me know thanks and have a wonderful day Geoff

  14. Beverley Foulkes-Jones

    Does anyone know where I can find an archive of postcards produced by Constable Picture Postcards of Canada? My great grand father is said to be featured on one around 1902. He won the world Ploughing Championship. Thank you.

  15. Victor Daniel Caratun

    Hi,

    I am a recent member of the club and most recently attended my first Post Card Show at the Japanese Cultural Center. I had a great time, and came out with a lot of cards for my collection, new contacts, some great stories and stiff neck !

    I collect Toronto RPPC, Toronto Photographs and ephemera pre 1960. However I am also looking for help in locating post cards produced in Romania from 1960-1980 by a photographer by the name of Tibor Lowy.

    If anyone knows of collectors of Romanian post cards from this time period, please email me at victor78@sympatico.ca

    I look forward to meeting fellow members at the upcoming meeting in April.

    All the best,
    Victor

  16. Martin Proctor

    I have recently been collecting postcards to do with Weston, Ontario for the benefit of the Weston Historical Society. I’m aware of Weston postcards at least as early as 1904 and as late as 1966. Many of these postcards appear to be parts of sets. In some instances the sets appear to be local, and in other instances the Weston postcards seem to be part of a broader set. Does anyone know how many sets of Weston postcards were produced?

  17. Collecting and doing research on postcards produced by the Winnipeg Photo Company of Napinka. Can anyone help me out?

  18. I collect UNESCO World Heritage Site postcards, and I’m in the USA. I’m missing some Canadian sites for my collection, and I’m wondering if you have ideas about where I might find them.

    SGang Gwaay: Skung Gwaii Island too (Anthony Island), in the South of Queen Charlotte Islands in the Gwaii Haanas Natonalpark (British Columbia)
    Wood Buffalo National Park (Alberta and Northwest Territories)
    Miguasha National Park (Paleontologist Park)

    Thank you, Judy

  19. Fraser Ecclestone

    I would like to know how collectors catalogue post cards ? And what the best method for storing post cards is.
    As I have some very old cards is there is a way to value the collection? Or is it a market drive force for value ?
    As I am completely new to this subject any help and advice would be useful.

    • Good questions! Where to start. Probably the quickest way to learn is to connect with other collectors through a postcard club or postcard show. We list Canadian clubs on the ‘connections’ pages of this web-site and there is a show calendar page too.

      As for storage, most of us keep our postcards in binders in archival binder pages with 4 to a page so that both the view side and the stamp side can be seen. You can get (with difficulty in Canada) archival quality plastic as well as regular plastic sleeves in various configurations. See the FAQ page for sources of these supplies. Another method is in a shoe-box or similar, or boxes such as the dealers use. This has the disadvantage of not being acid free storage and the postcard edges may be damaged by flipping through them to find a particular one.

      The cataloging question has as many answers as there collectors, I suspect. Some just have a razor sharp memory. Filing by roughly the geography of the street/building is common. A larger collection might warrant a detailed Excel list with the card’s title, publisher, a general description of the view/subject for example. Dealers keep their inventory by country/province (state)/county/ town or topic (animals, Easter, bridges etc.) Some collectors collect a series for which the manufacturer/publishers numbers on the cards is the basis of their system.

      As to valuations, look at our FAQ page for our insights. Yes, it’s market driven to some extent. The card has to find a collector who wants it and who wants to pay for it. A collector may pass on a $2.00 card that doesn’t speak to them but will jump on something special that’s $20.00 or more. The condition of the card affects the price as does its scarcity. Some like the time stamp of the cancellation, others prefer a pristine item. On the other hand, postal history buffs often look for unusual postmarks and stamps on old postcards. In the world of deltiology, the ‘real photo’ postcard of a known subject is the most prized. Modern ‘chromes’ are inexpensive today but 50 years from now may be highly collectible because fewer seem to be kept. And of course, as with all vintage items, the value to a collector is what they feel it’s worth as an addition to their collection.

  20. Hi!

    I am also trying to date a postcard showing a monument in Québec City, which was manufactured by The Post Card & Greeting Card Co. Ltd of Toronto. I know my postcard has been published after 1908, but any information about the company’s dates of activity whould be appreciated!

    Thanks 🙂

  21. I have an extensive collection of vintage Napanee Ontario postcards, but a couple I know of which I would I’m lacking (probably more). One is reasonably common, but I haven’t been able to win in auction “Covered Bridge – Napanee”. The other, I have only seen electronically “On the River – Napanee Ontario” Here’s a link to the later. Cut and past into your browser
    http://lennox-addington.on.ca/e-history/virtual_exhibits/5_towns_and_industry/images/bridges/second_bridge.jpg
    Can anybody help me out?

  22. I am looking for old and new postcards of the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu region which includes: St. John, Iberville, St-Luc, L’Acadie, St-Blaise, St-Paul-de-l’île-aux-Noix, Lacolle, Noyan and Napierville. If you have any, please get in touch.
    simonneboudreau@hotmail.com

  23. I’m looking for old printed Cards of Montreal Militias, from 1837-68., 3rd Brigade 1st Battalion “The Montreal Light Infantry”. Also known as No. 3 Fire Brigade “Protector”. You can contact me at http://www.wwii.ca/index.php go to the Forums I’m the MOD leave Message. Any bread crumbs would be appreciated.

  24. I have a small collection of the Northern Navigation sailor boy cards
    and wonder if there is a listing of known cards in this series.
    Thanks,
    Bruce

  25. katrina brookman

    Hello
    I’m trying to get an unused colour postcard of “Le Parc des Champs de Bataille” (Battlefield Park, Quebec) published by Les editions Lumen, no. C.P. 48031. I’m in England so any help to point me in the right direction would be much appreciated!
    Many thanks!

  26. I am looking for a copy of the Ridgetown Golf Club postcard, probably from the 1930’s. It shows a man putting and some women golfers. In the backgound is the clubhouse.

  27. im inquiring about a number of postcards that my parents have from the first world war they were like love letters to my fathers mom they are from france some are just handpainted pictures and others are hand stitched things like flowers the union jack and such are they of any value besides sentemental

    • Hello Linda,

      Thank you for your interest in the Toronto Postcard Club. I believe that the ‘hand stitched’ postcards that you describe are what we deltiologits call ‘silks’. If you Google ‘silks postcards’, you will find several sites that describe their history and how they were made.

      As to monetary value, put ‘silks’ into the search engine of a postcard auction site (Bidstart.com, Ebay.com, Playle.com) and you will get a good idea. These are retail prices and the value to a postcard dealer would be less to allow for their mark-up. Of course the condition of the postcard is also a factor in it’s value. Finally, some collectors prefer that the cards are unused, in pristine condition, others would rather that they have some indication of their era by a dated message, or a postal cancellation.

      The hand-painted pictures are harder to judge. ‘Artist signed postcards’ do have a following but I think that unless the artist is widely known in the postcard world (Clapsaddle is one) that they tend to be less sought after therefore of lesser value. An indication of the value of your cards might be better determined by the manufacturer as noted on the reverse, or the date it was sent.
      We have many links to postcard information and auction sites on our web-site, I suggest that you continue your research through these web-sites.

  28. I’m looking for a postcard of Malvern (Scarborough) Ontario. The photo is of the intersection of Sheppard Avenue and Markham Road. It looks like a tiny little country lane. On the left of the photo is the Cowan’s Store and on the right is the Calendar’s Hotel / Standard Bank (this was once my family’s home). If someone could help me locate this card I would be grateful and I would be prepared to pay good money for one. A few photos of the house can be found here –> http://www.flickr.com/photos/sew_luvli/sets/72157604496979128/ The most distinctive feature of the house is the cross and circle medallion which sits just below the peak of the roof on the North side of the house.

    If you have one of these cards for sale please email me at kebusato@thursdayschild.ca

  29. I am studying Shell Oil Co emblem ‘Scallop’ on postcards and covers (both sides) any country any era including ex Canada. Has any one any availability or information especially cards I believe C.1937/8 from countries outside Canada to Canadian destinations I gather these organised by Shell Co, Canada?

  30. I recently made a Postcard Collection database template for Bento 3 (Mac users only) that is now available free through their template collection. I also am working on a Postcard Purchase database template, and before the Mac arrived kept my database in an ACT database that I designed with custom fields. I am a huge fan of keeping things simple and making things work without hassles, so hope someone out there can use the template.

    Would love to hear from anyone that downloaded and used my template and am interested in all comments / critiques, with a view to making it better later on.

  31. Hi . I am looking for any postcards or paper from Drumbo ontario and area. This is in oxford county ontario.Other towns im interested in this area are Princeton , Plattsville, Wolverton, Washington, Richwood, Bright, Innerkip,Gobals. Thanks

  32. Upper Canada College, Toronto, Canada
    My interest area is small, but as a former student, I am collecting memorabilia- history, school crest, postcards about the life and times of the college. I have a collection of postcards, but would like to know more about them, and learn if I am missing any. I would appreciate any help and assistance anyone is willing to provide. Sincerely.. Stephen Burkart 905-847-7699

  33. I am looking for a specific postcard: a mint (unused) 1932? THE CANADA SEPIA SCENES #354 – Street Scene, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I would very much appreciate it if you could direct me to someone who has the card, or can tell me where I may find one. I can be reached at: brianmoir at telus.net Thanks!

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