In the “Golden Age” of postcards — from around 1902 through the beginning of the Great War in Canada — the variety and quantity of postcards collected and exchanged was extraordinary. Around 1905, in the small Dominion of Canada, tens of millions of postcards were created and mailed. That so many survive today is a testament to their value as historical artifacts and as pieces of art.
Aspects of postal history, social history, early photography and photographers intrigue the collector. From the postcard ‘Golden Age’ to the modern age, postcards have evolved in conjunction with changes in printing, production, photography methods and social practices. From artist-drawn images to lithographed scenes and the highly prized “real photo postcard” (RPPC), vintage postcards can still be found to satisfy almost any area of interest.
Vintage postcards inspire more research to interpret the view or the message on a century old 3-1/2″ x 5″ piece of paper. Popular topics include the local history of every town, village and hamlet in Canada, the military (especially World War I), sports and leisure, domestic life, agriculture, automobiles, aircraft, religion, business and industry, disasters, politics, labour, the North, the opening of Canada’s West, and indigenous life. (among many others) Any of these topics alone could represent a lifetime of collecting and learning.
At the Toronto Postcard Club, we research Canadian postcard manufacturers and publishers. We publicize many, many Internet resources where one can learn about vintage postcards. Our favourites can be found on the right-hand sidebar titled ‘Information on this Site’.
Why Join the Toronto Postcard Club?
It’s not just a Toronto thing! While we operate from Toronto, we have members from across Canada. TPC members receive our 24-page magazine, Card Talk, three times per year. Card Talk contains many interesting articles related to postcards and the stories they tell, meeting reports as well as news about the club and important postcard sales and events. Have a look at a summary of a recent edition of Card Talk, on our blog.
The Toronto Postcard Club is one of 6 in Canada. On our membership roster, many members list their collecting interests. It’s a great way to network about your postcard collection and postcards in general. We hold regular meetings and occasional field trips in the Toronto area and we host Canada’s largest annual postcard sale.
Join the TPC (and/or another postcard club in your area), or go to a postcard show to connect with like-minded collectors of all ages — anyone and everyone who has caught the deltiology bug. If you’re just starting, or aren’t even sure yet if postcards are your thing, check us out on Facebook and before long you’ll be wondering why postcards were not in your life sooner!
Card Talk, Winter 2017-18