A library is so much more than books! I recently stumbled upon
the Calgary Public Library’s digital collections that houses thousands
upon thousands of historical images of Calgary. It’s all quite
fascinating to see how our lovely city has grown and changed in the last
100 years. It contains almost 2,000 postcards depicting everything from the early
days of the Calgary Stampede to streets in Mount Royal. The neat part is
that any writing on the back of the postcards is also included – I love
seeing other people’s stories and imagining what they were all about.
Boston College Law Library has a new exhibit on display in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room for the fall semester. It features a collection of law-related postcards and trade cards that were given to the law library by Michael H. Hoeflich
If you’ve never visited the History Room of the Rowan County Public
Library at 201 W. Fisher Street in Salisbury, here are some videos,
photos, and postcards from their collection you can enjoy online.
Postcards were exchanged between soldiers and loved ones during the war. Many didn't last but a pristine collection has been unearthed in Edinburgh. Cards were collected by aunt of Edinburgh's Lord Provost, Donald Wilson. His aunt Jessie MacIntyre kept them carefully stored in sealed plastic bags. Some brought bad news of injuries and poisonings, others were cheerier. All give unique glimpse into personal side of one of history's bloodiest wars.
Because it was dismantled over 50 years ago, many people are familiar
with the grandeur of the original Penn Station only through
photographs. The station was opened to the public on September 8, 1910 and the cost of the exterior alone was over $100 million.
Seen from the exterior, the beautiful McKim Mead and White masterpiece
represented a merging of modernity and classic architecture.
The interior was spacious and wondrous to behold. But according to
the Pennsylvania Railroad, the owners of Penn Station, by the mid
1950’s, it was also grimy, outdated, in need of costly repairs and
difficult to keep clean. These conditions existed mostly because the
Pennsylvania Railroad let the station fall into that state.
post cards are from a successor to a series issued for use by cambists
(a fancy word for money changers). Today foreign currency exchange rates
are available widely in print and online, but 100 years ago, people
were on their own when it came to exchanging kroners or marks for pounds
or pesetas. This
situation gave rise to a series of post cards, produced by a German
businessman named Hugo Semmler. His cards show embossed images of
then-current circulating base metal, silver and gold coins, with a handy exchange-rate chart showing comparable values for common currencies.