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The postcard

To really understand the popularity of postcards, we must take a step back from modern society and its bombardment of advertising, film and television images. In the early 20th century, photographic representations of a familiar spot or an unknown landscape held a singular attraction. The ability to send an image, sometimes a colour one, to someone else for just a few pennies was an event in itself. One reason for the spectacular success of postcards during the first two decades of the 20th century was the thirst for novelty associated with the growth in tourism.

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Stamp of Kers City Post (M930.50.1.851.1-4)

Engraving
Stamp of Kers City Post
John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1850-1885, 19th century
M930.50.1.851.1-4

Telegraph boy on bicycle, Dominion Square, Montreal, QC, about 1935 (MP-1992.22.36)

Photograph
Telegraph boy on bicycle, Dominion Square, Montreal, QC, about 1935
Anonyme - Anonymous
about 1980, 20th century
MP-1992.22.36

"Anthemis" leaving dock at Magog, Lake Memphremagog, QC, about 1910 (MP-0000.1071.5)

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"Anthemis" leaving dock at Magog, Lake Memphremagog, QC, about 1910
1905-1914, 20th century
MP-0000.1071.5