Amazing New Book Postcards From Peterborough & The Kawarthas Released

On Saturday, September 10th from, 1-4 p.m., there will be an Open House at Trent Valley Archives in celebration of a great new historical book called Postcards from Peterborough & the Kawarthas by Elwood Jones and Matthew Griffis.

While other works about the history of Peterborough and the Kawarthas have included postcard images as illustrations, Postcards from Peterborough and the Kawarthas is the first to focus exclusively on the history of postcard manufacturing and collecting in the Kawarthas and one of the first to reproduce, in their original tones, many of these vintage views.

Front cover

Front cover

These postcards include views of residential and downtown streets, important (and, in some cases, lost) architectural landmarks, city skylines and natural landscapes, important people and institutions, and scenes from the Trent-Severn Waterway including bridges, lift locks, and steamboats.

Postcards from Peterborough and the Kawarthas provides a descriptive list of all postcards, print and digitized, currently in the Trent Valley Archives’ collections. In addition to raising awareness of the existence of these cards, this book can inform a variety of present and future research projects relating to the history of our region.

Back cover

Back cover

The book can be ordered from Trent Valley Archives or by calling 705.745.4404. It contains photos of 180 postcards plus 30 other illustrations showing the history of photography in Peterborough in the years before postcards and through the era of vintage postcards, to about 1920.

Think of postcards as yesterday’s Instagram posts, and you get the significance of this local gem. Pick up a copy!

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