There are many parts of the past that entice and stir excitement in our twenty-first century minds: the fantasy of an Edwardian ball, the excitement of a dual, the elegance of wearing a hoop skirt or top hat, or the delicate company of receiving a letter in the mail.
Letter and postcard writing was at a time the only means of communication available. It could take weeks for letters to cross the Atlantic or Pacific ocean, leaving a long waiting time to receive positive or negative news. During the Victorian Period, it was the women of the household who would write to relatives and friends. Often, before the letter could be sent, the man in the household would read over the letter to ensure that they felt it was appropriate. Sometimes, after the letter had been “inspected” an extra note would be added, featuring their true feelings on a subject or particular person.
While letter writing offered a detailed correspondence, postcards were used as a means of quick notes or the traditional travel phrase “Wish You Were Here.” Postcards were sent to bring wishes during holidays, birthdays, or anniversaries. CCMA has a large collection of postcards, from the years, as early as the 1900s. The words on these postcards will never be erased, as it might be with an e-card that jingles this appropriate music and graphics.
Here is a selection of postcards from the museum’s collection:
Postcards of different areas in Cumberland County offer a glimpse into the past and how the different streets and buildings would have looked.
Humorous and cute animals were also quite popular.
Tender moments between couples for Valentine’s Day was also popular:
Other holidays are also celebrated with postcards:
And my particular favourites, the humorous cards:
I hope these postcards inspire you to pick up a pen on your travels or take a moment to make some tea, find a quite place to think and write to that friend or loved one who is far away.