Port Stanley's Pictorial Postcards. Volume Two 1926-1960 |
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 second volume of our catalogue is deemed to cover postcards published from 1926 to 1960. These were exciting years for Port Stanley. The Big Band era was in full swing, attracting large crowds to Port Stanley's two huge summer dance pavilions, the Stanley Beach Casino and the London and Port Stanley Dance Pavilion, later known as the Stork Club. The automobile
was starting to become a significant mode of transportation for many of the summer visitors, as will become evident in many of these photographs.
The postcards in this volume were contributed by several of our Heritage Port members and have served as the basis for a lively discussion at several of our monthly meetings. As was said in the preface to our first volume, the accompanying comments can be regarded as the collected wisdom of all our members.
258 pages. Full colour. Hard cover. Size 8 X 10 inches
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