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Prairie Postcard Collection

The University of Alberta Library's Prairie Postcard Collection consists of postcards depicting various aspects of life on the Canadian Prairies from the late 19th through the mid 20th centuries. 

Originally hosted on the Peel Prairie's Provinces website, we've added thousands of new postcards to this digital collection and will continue to expand it as more cards are digitized. The physical collection is housed in the Bruce Peel Special Collections and is available to students, staff, and the general public for use within the Library. 


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by Jasper National Park (Alta.)Ramparts Mountain (B.C.), Amethyst Lakes (Alta.), Tonquin Valley (Alta.), Jasper National Park (Alta.)Tonquin Valley (Alta.), Jasper National Park (Alta.), Amethyst Lakes (Alta.), Mt. Geikie (B.C.)Maligne Lake (Alta.), Spirit Island (Alta.), Jasper National Park (Alta.)Edith Cavell, Mount (Alta.), Angel Glacier (Alta.), Jasper National Park (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.)Jasper Park Lodge (Alta.), Jasper National Park (Alta.)Beauvert Lake (Alta.), Edith Cavell,...
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The cover of this souvenir booklet of fold-out postcards is a panoramic view of Mount Edith Cavell and Beauvert Lake from Jasper Park Lodge.
Topics: Viewbooks, Greeting cards, Chalets, Mountains, Glaciers, Automobiles, Mounted police, Horseback...
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by Chapman, J. Howard A.Banff National Park (Alta.)Chapman, J. Howard A.Bow River Valley (Alta.)Banff National Park (Alta.)Banff Springs Hotel (Alta.)Chapman, J. Howard A. ChapmanBanff Sanitarium (Alta.)Banff National Park (Alta.)Chapman, J. Howard A.Bow Falls (Alta.)Bow River (Alta.)Banff National ParkChapman, J. Howard A.Cascade Mountain (Alta.)Banff National Park (Alta.)Chapman, J. Howard A.Bow Falls (Alta.)Bow River (Alta.)Banff National Park (Alta.)Chapman, J. Howard A.Cave and Basin National...
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The cover of this booklet containing 12 postcards of photographs from Banff National Park.
Topics: Viewbooks, Greeting cards, Souvenirs, Landscape photographs, National parks & reserves,...
The Fourth Avenue Bridge, also known as the Thunderbird Viaduct, opened in December 1929.
Topics: Viewbooks, Greeting cards, Souvenirs, Cities & towns, Viewbooks, Teachers colleges,...
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by McDougall United Church (Edmonton, Alta.)The H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdMay, ByronThe H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdThe H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdLeMarchand Mansion (Edmonton, Alta.)The H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdMay, ByronHigh Level Bridge (Edmonton, Alta.)North Saskatchewan River (Edmonton, Alta.)Alberta Legislature Building (Edmonton, Alberta)The H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdHotel Macdonald (Edmonton, Alta.)The H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdMcDougall United Church (Edmonton, Alta.)The H. Enida Olive Co'y LtdThe H. Enida...
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The decorative front cover from a booklet of 8 postcards. Each card is of a different Edmonton landmark, and although the cards have been torn from their perforated binding, each card is separated from the next with a sheet of tissue paper.
Topics: Viewbooks, Hotels, Hospitals, Railroad stations, Schools, Bridges, Methodist churches, Post...
A bird's eye view of the rail yards and skyline of Winnipeg.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Cities & towns, City & town life, Railroad stations, Street...
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by Saskatoon Drug & Staty. Co.: Publisher
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The wooden Canadian Northern Railway bridge collapsed March 4, 1912 when wheels of rear truck, the sleeper "Kipling" on south bound train to Regina, Jumped the track at the switch and swung wide, hitting a pillar of the bridge. The first span and the sleeper crashed to the ice injuring 12 passengers.
Topics: Railroad accidents, Railroad bridges, Railroad cars, Rivers, Bridge failures
A view of the front of the cardboard packet containing 12 photographs taken in Banff National Park. The photograph showing in the packet window is of the main street in Banff.
Topics: National parks & reserves, Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Cities & towns, Automobiles, Commercial...
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A booklet of 12 hand-tinted postcards, produced on heavy card stock, of various mountain scenes from Alberta and British Columbia
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Landscape photographs, Mountains, Viewbooks, Mountains, Glaciers, Railroads,...
Exterior view of three hotels in Edmonton: The Royal George, The King Edward, and The Alberta (which appears to be located on Jasper Avenue). Cars are parked in front of The Royal George, while a horse-drawn cart and a trolley car can be seen in front of The Alberta Hotel.
Topics: Hotels, Automobiles, Canada--Alberta--Edmonton
The front cover of this souvenir booklet of fold-out postcards shows the British North American flag above an aboriginal chief in full dress. A maple leaf motif with a small beaver in the lower right corner is also visible on the cover.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Capitols, Government facilities, Legislative bodies, Croplands, Prairies,...
Prairie Postcard Collection
by Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Brandon College (Brandon, Man.)Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Prince Edward Hotel (Brandon, Man.)Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd.Photogelatine Engraving Co.,...
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The entrance to a major agricultural exhibition known as the Dominion Fair, which was hosted by Brandon in 1913 and sponsored by the Federal Department of Agriculture.
Topics: Viewbooks, Souvenirs, Cityscapes, Cities & towns, City & town life, Cities & towns,...
Side view of building from coulee.
Topic: Educational facilities
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Giant Tyrannosaurus Rex model in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.
Topics: Dinosaurs, Sculpture
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by Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Novelty Mfg. & Art Co. Ltd.Canadian National Railways Station (Saskatoon, Sask.)Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Saskatoon Tuberculosis Sanatorium (Saskatoon, Sask.)Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Sask.)Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Ltd.Chemistry Building. University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Sask.)Novelty Mfg. & Art Co.,...
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Crowds of people are gathered at what appears to be an outdoor recreational area. Some stand poolside watching others swim.
Topics: Cities & towns, Viewbooks, Railroad stations, Automobiles, Flags, Sanatoriums, Tuberculosis,...
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by Marcell:Photographer
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Man bending near steer on ground which has been roped.
Topics: Cowboys, Rodeos, Roping, Cattle
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Hand-tinted photograph of Chief Duck, his wife and grandchild. All are dressed in ceremonial costume.
Topics: Indigenous peoples, Headdresses, Children, Tribal chiefs
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by Atkinson Bros.: Publisher
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Sightseeing tour. There is a sign in the bus reads Observation Automobile "The Only Way".
Topics: Viewbooks, Cityscapes, Automobiles, Transportation
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by Edith Cavell, Mount (Alta.)Angel Glacier (Alta.)Jasper National Park (Alta.)
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Angel Glacier on Mount Edith Cavell. This picturesque mountain (3,363-meter or 11,033 ft) was named for Edith Cavell, an English nurse who was executed by the Germans during World War 1 for helping Allied soldiers escape German-occupied Belgium.
Topics: Mountains, Glaciers
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Provincial Mental Hospital, Ponoka, Alberta.
Topics: Hospitals, Water towers
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A view of Tenth Street, cars parked along the street, there are shops on each side of the street, "McKenzie Seeds" is on the left side.
Topics: Stores & shops, Commercial streets
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by The Twin Bridges (Calgary, Alta.): Publisher
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A steam locomotive crossing the Elbow River on a railway bridge in Calgary.
Topics: Railroad locomotives, Steam engines, Railroad bridges, Rivers
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by Photogelatine Engraving Co.: Publisher
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Aerial view of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
Topics: Aerial views, Cityscapes
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by Roxy Studio: Photographer
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H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth visiting Biggar, Saskatchewan, May 1939
Topics: Visits of state, Queens
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View of cabin and dock.
Topics: Cabins, Piers & wharves
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by Marcell:Photographer
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Man riding a bucking brown horse
Topics: Horses, Cowboys, Rodeos, Broncos, Mud, Chaps
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View of buildings and grounds from the front gates.
Topic: Educational facilities
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View of Church and grounds.
Topic: Catholic churches
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by Sutton photoSt. Andrew's United Church (Moose Jaw, Sask.): Photographer
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St. Andrew's United Church, 60 Athabasca Street East Moose Jaw, SK.
Topic: Churches
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View of Pool from the parking lot. Several cars and people are visible in the foreground.
Topic: Bathhouses
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Crowd of people gathered in and near the Imperial hotel
Topic: Crowds--Canada--Winnipeg
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View of School from the front right. Two women are standing next to the building.
Topic: Schools
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by Spalding, J. FredJasper National Park (Alta.)George VI, King of Great Britain, 1895-1952Elizabeth, Queen, consort of George VI, King of Great Britain, 1900-2002: Publisher
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Postcard of the 1939 royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
Topics: Visits of state, Kings, Queens
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Front view of the entire roller coaster. The roller coaster does not appear to be operating at the time of the photo. Trees in the background and a building to the side.
Topic: Roller Coasters, trees, Winnipeg Beach
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