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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Wilfred Watson fonds
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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

A joyful Christmas

Item consists of 1 novelty picture postcard with a divided back of an angel with coloured in flowers. The postcard has 1 Benjamin Franklin one cent U.S. postage stamp.

Christmas greetings

Item consists of 1 embossed picture postcard with a divided back of a forest scene with holly surrounding it. The postcard has 1 Benjamin Franklin one cent U.S. postage stamp.

A happy Christmas tide

Item consists of 1 embossed picture postcard with a divided back of a Christmas greeting with a calendar date and holly. The postcard has 1 Benjamin Franklin one cent U.S. postage stamp.

In Boulogne Harbour

Item consists of 1 picture postcard with a divided back of Boulogne Harbour. The postcard has 2 Edward VII half penny green stamps.

A happy New Year

Item consists of 1 embossed picture postcard from the Raphael Tuck & Sons' "New Year Greetings" series, no. 600, with a divided back of a girl with flowers and a clock. The postcard has 1 George Washington 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.

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