Thrift Store Find: Vintage Postcards

On a recent road trip to southern Alberta we dropped into the Salvation Army in Lethbridge to see if there were any good finds. I found four packs of what looked like vintage postcards sealed in a plastic bag, so you could only really see the first postcard. It looked like there were about 25 postcards in each. I decided to purchase one package for 1$.

When I got home an opened up the pack the postcards were a great trip back in time. Here are some of the postcards….be sure to scroll to the end for the “Fold-A-Letter.”

Canada’s Pavilion covers 11 acres and is dominated by a great pyramid called “Katimavik” (Eskimo for “Meeting Place”).

Canada’s Pavilion covers 11 acres and is dominated by a great pyramid called “Katimavik” (Eskimo for “Meeting Place”).

General view on the Ile Notre-Dame showing the Pavilion of Cuba at the right foreground and the Pavilions of Russia and Ethiopia in the left distance.

General view on the Ile Notre-Dame showing the Pavilion of Cuba at the right foreground and the Pavilions of Russia and Ethiopia in the left distance.

The Pavilion of the United States a huge transparent geodesic “skybreak bubble” 250 feet in spherical diameter and 200 feet hight. Its exhibits show the creative efforts of man based on a life in a prosperous and automated society.

The Pavilion of the United States a huge transparent geodesic “skybreak bubble” 250 feet in spherical diameter and 200 feet hight. Its exhibits show the creative efforts of man based on a life in a prosperous and automated society.

This beautiful 1800 ft. suspension bridge spans the Peace River at Dunvegan. Originally a fort settlement, Dunvegan is approximately forty miles north of Grande Prairie on Highway 2.

This beautiful 1800 ft. suspension bridge spans the Peace River at Dunvegan. Originally a fort settlement, Dunvegan is approximately forty miles north of Grande Prairie on Highway 2.

The dramatic picture caught the eddies stirred by the north span of the Peace River Highway Bridge as it fell into the river October 17, 1957.

The dramatic picture caught the eddies stirred by the north span of the Peace River Highway Bridge as it fell into the river October 17, 1957.

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Charles M. Russell’s painting and sketches of frontier life, inspired by actual experiences, made him the most famous artist of his type in the world. He was know as the “Cowboy Artist.” He made his reputation by painting the accompanying original picture. It tells an interesting story.  Russell in 1896, was in the employ of Stadler & Kaufamn large cattlemen. He had thousands of head of their cattle in his charge. During the winter of 1896 one of the most sever snowstorms in Montan’s history. Cattle and sheep died literally by the thousands. Stadler & Kaufman becoming alarmed, wrote Russell as to the condition of the stock in his charge. He did not write but with his brush drew a picture which told the whole story. It was the accompanying picture. The coyotes awaited the last victim of the storm. The picture became famous. It is one of the most noted of all of Russell’s works.

Charles M. Russell’s painting and sketches of frontier life, inspired by actual experiences, made him the most famous artist of his type in the world. He was know as the “Cowboy Artist.” He made his reputation by painting the accompanying original picture. It tells an interesting story.

Russell in 1896, was in the employ of Stadler & Kaufamn large cattlemen. He had thousands of head of their cattle in his charge. During the winter of 1896 one of the most sever snowstorms in Montan’s history. Cattle and sheep died literally by the thousands. Stadler & Kaufman becoming alarmed, wrote Russell as to the condition of the stock in his charge. He did not write but with his brush drew a picture which told the whole story. It was the accompanying picture. The coyotes awaited the last victim of the storm. The picture became famous. It is one of the most noted of all of Russell’s works.

Snowmobiles, The Ice Taxis. High in the Canadian Rockies lies Athabasca Glacier, on elf several arms of the Columbia Glacier - the largest remand of the Ice Age south of Alaska. Snowmobiles stand ready to carry visitors on a spectacular ride over the glacier.

Snowmobiles, The Ice Taxis. High in the Canadian Rockies lies Athabasca Glacier, on elf several arms of the Columbia Glacier - the largest remand of the Ice Age south of Alaska. Snowmobiles stand ready to carry visitors on a spectacular ride over the glacier.

This 8-lane bridge is believed to be the widest bridge on the Continent (103ft) outside of New York. It was completed in 1954 at a cost of $12,000,000 exclusive of land purchases. It has a vertical clearance for 90 ft over the navigable channel of False Creek.

This 8-lane bridge is believed to be the widest bridge on the Continent (103ft) outside of New York. It was completed in 1954 at a cost of $12,000,000 exclusive of land purchases. It has a vertical clearance for 90 ft over the navigable channel of False Creek.

Mount run dale (alt 9675 ft.) from Banff chair lift on Mount Norquay.

Mount run dale (alt 9675 ft.) from Banff chair lift on Mount Norquay.

inner harbour with Empress Hotel in background, Victoria, B.C.

inner harbour with Empress Hotel in background, Victoria, B.C.

Lake Louise, Mt. Lefroy and Victoria Glacier, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies

Lake Louise, Mt. Lefroy and Victoria Glacier, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies

“The Canadian” Trans-Canada luxury train entering the Lower Spiral Tunnel, Field B.C. Yoho National Park.

“The Canadian” Trans-Canada luxury train entering the Lower Spiral Tunnel, Field B.C. Yoho National Park.

Vancouver Water Front View taken from Stanley Park showing Coal Harbour, In the foreground are boats belonging to the Burrard Yacht Club. In the background can be seen the Marine Building, the tallest in Vancouver, and part of the skyline.

Vancouver Water Front View taken from Stanley Park showing Coal Harbour, In the foreground are boats belonging to the Burrard Yacht Club. In the background can be seen the Marine Building, the tallest in Vancouver, and part of the skyline.

The new Trade Winds offers the very finest in accommodations. All facilities are available for your comfort and convenience - dining lounge, convention and banquet rooms, complimentary parking, 24-hour coffee shop, heated outdoor swimming pool, easy access to tourist attractions and downtown Calgary.

The new Trade Winds offers the very finest in accommodations. All facilities are available for your comfort and convenience - dining lounge, convention and banquet rooms, complimentary parking, 24-hour coffee shop, heated outdoor swimming pool, easy access to tourist attractions and downtown Calgary.

In the package was a fold-a-letter that had 6 postcard images on one side and blank space on the other for writing a letter.

In the package was a fold-a-letter that had 6 postcard images on one side and blank space on the other for writing a letter.

One of the 5 postcard images of Sudbury

One of the 5 postcard images of Sudbury

Back side of the Fold-A-Letter

Back side of the Fold-A-Letter

Last Work

My how the world has changed. I wish I had bought all four package - what was I thinking?

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