June Topic: Postcards
Written communication in the form of postcards is no longer fashionable in the age of computer communications. However, 100 years ago, the postcard was a prime means of communicating with friends and business associates. Multiple mail deliveries per day ensured that messages sent in the am would be delivered in the pm (same day). Cards were also often produced for business use and advertised all manner of activities and products. Maps also appeared on cards.
Robert Mill’s selection of views come from an extensive collection of images and scenes of events during the first half of the 20C in Sydney.
Many key photographers of the period dabbled in postcard production - e.g. Frank Hurley, Frederick Peden Hobbs and Charles Kerry.
In the postcard era (c1900 - 1914) aka "the golden age" views of the City were common as were images of the harbour, beaches and events. Cameras were rare, and professional images were valued by the public. Often a family would have an album of cards sitting in a prime position on a table in the drawing room of their dwelling. Fortunately, many of these albums have survived over time and now provide a magnificent visual record of what is essentially, lost Sydney.
Guest Speaker: Robert Mills
Robert has been collecting postcards for many years and finds the hobby extremely rewarding. A member of the NSW Postcard Collectors Society, he believes postcards offer a unique insight into the past and not only for private use but also for commercial purposes.
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About the North Shore Historical Society
The Society, founded in 1958, aims to promote both public knowledge of and research into local history, including the way in which the histories of the City of Sydney and the NSW State have impacted on the development of the North Shore.
The Society accomplishes its objectives through regular monthly meetings, visits to historical sites, and walks exploring regional history. It also financially supports History Prizes for local school students.
The Society assists Council in many matters including the provision of plaques at historical sites.
The Society's archives and research files are available in the Heritage Centre (Stanton Library), plus advice and support can be sourced from others with particular interests or expertise, or you can view pages from the Historical Society journals online.
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Membership is open to everyone with an interest in regional history. Membership offers you the opportunity to meet other people with similar interests, to attend meetings with informative guest speakers, to attend outings to places of historical interest, and to receive our monthly Newsletter with details of meetings, speakers and other relevant historical matters.
The membership fee is $15 per person, per annum. If you would like to join, please download:
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