Collection RC0344 - Canadiana postcard collection

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Canadiana postcard collection

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  • [188-?]-[195-?] (Creation)

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ca. 4,021 cards

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This collection of Canadian postcards was pieced together by Morris Norman, a Toronto chartered accountant and notable collector of Canadiana, over a period of 30 years. The cards were purchased by Mr. Norman from postcard and antiquarian dealers. The cards cover many subjects: sports; aerial views, transportation; disasters; military; union; police; construction projects; suffragettes; agriculture; businesses; bands and parades; Natives; forestry; etc. Some cards were mass-produced by companies in series, and some were done by local studios and photographers, often at the request of individuals or businesses.

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All four accruals were acquired from Morris Norman: the first two in 2008; the third in 2010; the fourth in 2011.


There have been four accruals. The first accrual (46-2008) as been arranged primarily by province or geographic region, although two series (RCMP and Political) have a subject focus: Alberta, 207 cards; British Columbia, 202 cards; Eastern Canada, 198 cards; Manitoba, 155 cards; Newfoundland, 26 cards; Ontario, 1,843 cards; Political, 104 cards; Quebec, 149 cards; RCMP, 190 cards; Saskatchewan, 225 cards; Toronto, 279 cards; Yukon and North West Territories, 37 cards, totalling ca. 3,615 cards. The second accrual (50-2008) has been arranged as follows: Alberta, 3 cards; British Columbia, 9 cards; Eastern Canada, 4 cards; Manitoba, 3 cards; Ontario, 44 cards; Toronto, 15 cards; Quebec, 8 cards; Saskatchewan, 3 cards; Misc. Canada, 2 cards, totalling 91 cards. The third accrual (11-2010) has been arranged as follows: Alberta, 5 cards; British Columbia, 21 cards; Eastern Canada, 10 cards; Manitoba, 3 cards; Newfoundland, 1 card; Ontario, 115 cards; Toronto, 29 cards; Quebec, 11 cards; Saskatchewan, 11 cards; Yukon and North West Territories, 3 cards; miscellaneous Canada, 3 cards, totalling 212 cards. The fourth accrual (43-2011) has been arranged as follows: Canada, 11 cards (not geographic); RCMP, 1 card; ships and train, 3 cards; people, 2 cards; Alberta, 3 cards; British Columbia, 5 cards stapled together; Manitoba, 2 cards; New Brunswick, 6 cards; Newfoundland, 1 card; Nova Scotia, 2 cards; Ontario, 4 cards; Ontario, specific locations, 33 cards; Quebec, 16 cards; Saskatchewan, 1 card; Montreal, 2 sterocopic cards; Toronto, 13 cards (2 stereo); total 103 cards. This arrangement is a preliminary one, and the postcards may be re-arranged upon further examination.

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