Novelty Post Cards

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Hamilton Looks Good Whether from the Mountain or in a Flying Machine

This is an example of a composite postcard.  The publisher used three separate images printed on the same photo paper.

Postmarked May 1, 1911

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Wish You Could See Hamilton As I Am Seeing It

An example of a composite postcard

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Wish You Could See Hamilton As I Am Seeing It

An example of "Exaggeration" or "Tall Tale" postcard.  This humorous style promoted a place or subject that was a source of pride for the city it represented.  For example a Hamilton Exaggeration postcard might be captioned "How we do things at Hamilton" or "That's how we grow them in Hamilton."  The three exaggeration postcards in this collection were created by Alfred Stanley Johnson Jr. of Waupun, Wisconsin.  His postcards featured exaggerated or oversized animals, fruits and vegetables or humorous scenes featuring automobiles.

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How We Do Things at Hamilton

Exaggeration Postcard

Postmarked April 23, ____

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How We Do Things at Hamilton

Exaggeration Postcard

Postmarked February 13, 1918

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City Hall
An example of Illuminated Window postcards created using a gold metallic ink
Both Illuminated Window postcards in this collection were published by Stanley Mills & Co., Hamilton 

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City Hall
Illuminated Window postcard 

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Elevated Railway

Examples of Bas Relief or Embossed where the publisher (W. G. MacFarlane, Toronto) created a three-dimensional effect.

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Royal Hamilton Yacht Club

Examples of Bas Relief or Embossed published by W. G. MacFarlane of Toronto. 

The example on the right has gilt trim glued on by hand.

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Greetings from Hamilton

Examples of Bas Relief or Embossed with gilt trim glued on by hand.

Postmarked November 29, 1906

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Greetings from Hamilton

Examples of Leather Postcard.  Images were either burned and/or inked into tanned deer hide.  They were quite popular however the deer hide had a habit of jamming postal sorting/cancellation machines which lead to the demise of the Leather Postcard.

Postmarked illegible

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Greetings from Hamilton

Leather Postcard

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I'm Thinking Of You

Leather Postcard

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