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Port Stanley's Pictorial Postcards. Volume One 1906-1925
by Craig Cole


In a small village like Port Stanley, written history is sparse. When considering "built history", to use a currently popular phrase, it is important to know what a given area looked like at any particular point in the past.
For Port Stanley, we have a wonderful pictorial record in the hundreds of postcards which were published from 1906 on. Unfortunately, the dating of the photographs shown on these cards is anything but precise. A postmark gives us the latest possible date at which the photograph was taken, but many of these postcards lack postmarks or dated messages, forcing us to rely on contextual clues in the photographs, things like the length of the lady's skirts, to give us some idea when any given photo was taken. The first volume of our catalogue is deemed to cover postcards published from 1906 to 1925.

For the last 130 years, Port Stanley has been, in many respects, two separate villages. The first section of this catalogue illustrates the commercial fishing village and port on the north shore of Lake Erie. The other section deals with Port Stanley as a summer resort, and if the latter aspect of Port Stanley seems to be over represented it is because these cards were designed to be sold primarily to summer tourists.

The postcards in this volume were contributed by several of our Heritage Port members. The postcards have served as the basis for a lively discussion at several of our monthly meetings, and the accompanying comments can be regarded as the collected wisdom of all our members. It is hoped that this volume will be of interest to postcard collectors and historians alike.

289 pages. Full colour. Hard cover. Size 8 X 10 inches
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