This collection of international 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.
There have been four accruals. The first accrual (46-2008) has been arranged primarily by country. In certain cases it was not possible to discern a geographic or national point of origin: ephemera, 224 cards; France and Germany, 152; miscellaneous, 557 cards; other foreign, 106 cards; USA and Mexico, 241; UK and Ireland, 459, totallying ca. 1,639 cards. The second accrual (50-2008) has been arranged as follows: France and Germany, 4 cards ; other foreign, 12 cards ; USA and Mexico, 20 cards; UK and Ireland, 22 cards; uncategorized, 8 cards, totalling 67 cards. The third accrual (11-2010) has been arranged as follows: ephemera, 7 cards; France and Germany, 9 cards; other foreign, 4 cards; USA and Mexico, 22 cards; UK and Ireland, 38 cards, totalling 80 cards. The fourth accrual (2011-43) has been arranged as follows: Australia, 1 card; Austria, Italy, German, Switzerlands, 20 cards; France (North America), 1 card; German origin, 2 cards; Ireland, 1 card; Mexico, 1 card, Spain, 1 card; U.K., 23 cards; U.S.A., 28 cards, totalling 78 cards. This arrangement is a preliminary one, and the postcards may be re-arranged upon further examination.