Vintage Toronto postcards, the wholesome edition
On Thursday, I compiled 24 lowbrow postcards (by early 20th century standards anyway) written between 1912 and 1930 and lovingly preserved in the City of Toronto Archives for posterity. Behind the mildly risquĂŠ images were greetings, messages of love and even the mysterious acronym "I.W.B.Y.F.E." (I will be yours forever?) Though sometimes mundane, the cards provide a window into everyday life for visitors and residents of Toronto.
This is the second part to that post. In contrast to the generic sleazy tourist cards from the last collection, these have a decidedly more wholesome quality and feature designs that showcase scenes from the city. Like last time, I've included dates, addresses and messages when present on the verso.
I haven't corrected any spelling or changed syntax or grammar. The text is exactly as it appears on the back of the postcards. Generally speaking, most of these cards were sent between 1900 and 1930.
(Lead photo) To: "Harold + Ralph, Lyons, N York, R.F.D."
Message: 11:30 Sep 3, 1912. "well boys how is every little thing. fred."
(L) To: "Miss Ruby Nighswander, 103 Oxford Street, Toronto"
Message: Sept 19, 1905 "Dear folks at home. I arrived here safe and sound. Mary was at station every body well. hopefully you are the same. i am feeling better. Mary is going to take me up to G.B.H. this morning. by by, momma. (call at 74 colborne street and ask me for a crock of rice)
To: "Mrs Carroll Newnan, Springville, New York"
Message: "how is aunt mame. willis is feeling fine and haveing a dandy time. Will be in buff tonight. yours willis and myrtle."
(L) To: "Mr Edwin Blight, Seagrave, Ont., Canada, Box 6"
Message: Sept. 23, 1913. "dear brother, just got home from work 9:30 and there is a big storm on. just let me get home, it has been awfully hot alday. i got your card and the old place looks familiar at night. love from lily."
(R) To: "Normal Bakewell Esq., Dovercourt Road, City"
Message: Sept. 29, 1908.
Images: City of Toronto Archives
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