Collection HPL_PC - Postcard Collection

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Postcard Collection

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  • Graphic material

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  • 1900s-2000s (Creation)

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Physical description

Approximately 800 postcards

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Custodial history

This is an artificial collection consisting of multiple unknown donors.

Scope and content

The Postcard Collection is an artificial collection consisting of over 800 postcards documenting the City of Hamilton and surrounding areas. The collection has been arranged by subjects into 32 series: Advertising, Aldershot, Ancaster, Bartonville, Bridges, Business & Industry, Cemeteries, Centennial Week, Dundas, Farmers' Market, Fire, Greetings, Grimsby Beach, Historic Houses, Military, Mount Hope, Parades, Parks, People, Public & Commercial Buildings, Religion, Rockton, Schools, Sports, Statues, Stoney Creek, Streets, Transportation, Views from Above, Waterdown, Waterfalls, and Waterfront.

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This is an artificial collection made from various unknown donors.


The collection is arranged into series based on subjects and then sub-arranged by topic and place within each series.

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Room A

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Restrictions on access

Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use the postcards must be obtained from Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives Department.

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Finding aids

Item lists are available when the series has been described. A selection of postcards in the public domain is available on the Hamilton Public Library, Local History and Archives Flickr Commons site:

Associated materials

For additional material related to Hamilton postcards, reference the following books by Jon Soyka "This is a Beautiful City" (971.352 THI) and "Hey, It's "Made in Hamilton" (971.352 HEY).

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