Early Canadian Postcards

On January 1, 1895, the Post Office Department of the Canadian Government permitted “Private Post Cards” to be mailed at the same rate as government issued post cards.  These early private post cards had blank backs.

On December 9, 1897 the Post Office announced that "designs, illustrations, portraits, sketches or other forms of advertisement may be engraved, lithographed, printed, etc., on the 'address' side of the one-cent Post Card." Again, only the address was allowed to be written on the stamp side, and space was left around the image for any message from the sender.  The back was labelled Private Mailing Card with a outlined box designated for the stamp.

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City of Hamilton

Private Post Card, unused

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City of Hamilton

Private Post Card, unused

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City of Hamilton

Private Post Card, unused

All three City of Hamilton Private Post Cards are different sizes

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Gore Park

Private Post Card, unused

Sir John A MacDonald Monument

Private Post Card, unused

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Normal School

Private Post Card, unused

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Canada Life Building

Private Mailing Card, unused

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Elevated Railway to the Mountain

Private Mailing Card, unused

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The Gore

Private Mailing Card, August 8, 1904

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Gore Park

Private Mailing Card, April 8, 1904

Examples of PMC's where the space around the image is filled with the message.

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City Hall

PMC, August 26, 1905

James St. South

PMC, August 5, 1905

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Sir John MacDonald Monument

PMC, unused

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City Hall

PMC, Postmarked November 24, 1903

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Piers, Hamilton Mountain and Dundurn Park

Private Mailing Card, unused

Found on many private post cards was "Postal Card - Carte Postale" which indicated it was allowed to enter the international mail system.

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Gore Park and

King Street West

PMC, unused

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East End Incline and

Hamilton & Barton Incline

PMC, Postmarked January 21, 1904

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Hamilton Market and Parke & Parkes Drug Store

Private Postal Card, unused

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Public Library, Post Office and T.H.&B. Station

(I am not sure how to label this Beautiful Vignette of 3 Hamilton Landmarks) 

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