Pioneer Era of Postcards

 

On June 1, 1871, Canada issued a pre-stamped, pictureless post card. It was called a postal stationery card and was sold for one cent at the post office. The cost included both the card and the delivery to any address within the Dominion. The price for an international postcard was two cents.

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Examples of an one and two cent Queen Victoria pre-stamped postcard

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American Express Company's Office

Postmarked December 7, 1877

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Dundurn Park

unused

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Lucas, Park & Co.

Postmarked October 30, 1883

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H. Gillard & Co. Wholesale Grocers

Dated January 24, 1884

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Lucas, Park & Co.

Postmarked May 30, 1884

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Wood & Leggat

Postmarked February 6, 1885

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Royal Templars of Temperance

Postmarked March 31, 1886

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Molsons Bank

Postmarked May 14, 1887

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Parkes, Macadams & Marshall, Barristers, & C.

Postmarked June 9, 1888

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Meakins & Sons

unused

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Royal Templars of Temperance 

Postmarked January 5, 1894

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Wood, Vallance & Co. 

Postmarked July 28, 1894

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Burrow, Stewart & Milne Manufacturers of 'Jewel' Stoves, Ranges and Furnaces

Postmarked December 6, 1895

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W. E. Sanford M'FG. Co.

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Lawry & Son Limited, Pork Packers

unused

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Meridan Britannia Co. Limited 1847 Rogers Bros.

Postmarked September 28, 1901

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John A Bruce & Co.

(Advertising on the front side of government issued post cards was allowed December 9, 1897)

Postmarked March 30, 1902

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Hamilton Provident & Loan Society

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Lucas, Steele & Bristol, Wholesale Grocers

Postmarked November 24, 1906

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Geo. E. Bristol & Co., Wholesale Grocers

Postmarked November 19, 1909

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Tartan Brand

Postmarked August 26, 1911

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F. T. Smye Conservative Government Candidate

Postmarked October 27, 1929

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Johnston Motor Sales Limited

(This is a Canada Business Reply Card with pre-printed King George V 1/2 cent postage)

Postmarked October 11, 1935

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Canadian Order of Chosen Friends

Postmarked January 18, 1935

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