|Walnut Street, Alvinston. 1911.|
Only a small portion of printed material created is actually intended for preservation in a collection. As it turns out, often the most captivating and fascinating pieces of a collection are made up of material that was never meant to be retained. It is referred to as ephemera, derived from the Greek ephemeros, "lasting only one day, short-lived." Examples of ephemera that can become coveted and valuable over time includes advertisements, menus, movie tickets and labels.
|King Street, Forest. 1906.|
Although not all the postcards in our collection have messages and addresses (some are blank), the ones that were used provide us with extra information. They create a small window into the life of the individual who wrote and mailed the postcard. Occasionally the postcard writer comments on events occurring in their town, providing us with insight into the community. Additionally, the postmark provides exact information regarding when and where the postcard was sent. This is critical from a historical point of view; the postmark can be used to help estimate when the image on the postcard was produced.
Vintage postcards are a fun and fascinating window into the past. Sometimes, the best parts of a collection are comprised of material that was never built to last.
|Main Street looking East, Petrolia. 1913.|