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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Plowman Family Postcard Collection
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Plowman Family Postcard Collection

  • CA ON00389 C7
  • Collection
  • 1902-1932

Collection consists of 312 postcards received or collected by members of the Plowman family. The collection has been arranged as follows:

1.) Postcards addressed to Olive Plowman (178; 1903-1932, predominant, 1908 - 1919)
2.) Postcards addressed to Charles Plowman. (15 postcards)
3.) Postcards addressed to Samuel Plowman (9 postcards)
4.) Postcards addressed to Ellen Plowman (53 postcards)
5.) Postcards addressed to Charles and Ellen Plowman (21 postcards)
6.) Postcards addressed to the Plowman family (3 postcards)
7.) Unaddressed postcards (33 postcards)

The postcards have been arranged chronologically. Undated cards have been placed at the end of the sections. The majority of the postcards are addressed to either 120 MacPherson Avenue (Toronto) or 96 MacPherson Avenue (Toronto), while the remaining 11 postcards are addressed to various hotels, inns, sanatoriums, and homes in Buffalo (NY), Rochester (NY), Long Beach (CA), San Francisco (CA), Petaluma (CA), and San Benito [?] (CA).
The collection includes greeting cards for birthdays, Easter, Christmas, New Years, Halloween, St. Patrick's day, the 4th of July, Valentine's day, Mother's day, and Thanksgiving. The collection also includes popular novelty cards such as photographic portrait postcards or postcards decorated with glitter. Numerous postcards depict buildings and streetscapes, the aftermath of the San Fransisco earthquake of 1906, and advertisements for barbershops, department stores, and hotels.

Plowman Family

Ockley

Item consists of 1 picture postcard with a divided back of Ockley. The postcard has 1 Edward VII penny red stamp.

With the season's greetings

Item consists of 1 novelty picture postcard with a divided back of a bridge by the water. The postcard has a white substance applique to alter the scene to appear snowy. The postcard has 1 Edward VII half penny green stamp.

A happy Easter

Item consists of 1 embossed picture postcard with a divided back of baby birds and eggs within a wicker basket with some blue flowers and cotton. The postcard has 1 series of 1902 Franklin one cent stamp.

A joyful Christmas

Item consists of 1 embossed picture postcard with a divided back of red poinsettias. The postcard has 1 Benjamin Franklin one cent U.S. postage stamp.

Twilight on the river

Item consists of 1 picture postcard with a divided back of two sailboats on the water at twilight. The postcard has 1 Edward VII one cent Canada postage stamp.

Merry Christmas

Item consists of 1 picture postcard with a divided back of a Christmas greeting. The postcard has 1 George Washington two cents U.S. postage stamp.

Suspension Bridge, Clifton

Item consists of 1 picture postcard with a divided back of a suspension brige in Clifton. The postcard has 1 Edward VII half penny green U.K. postage stamp and 1 two cent Canada postage stamp.

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