Canada has a long tradition of producing quite beautiful patriotic postcards. We thought we’d show you some examples. This one is a splendid c. 1906-1908 (postmark illegible) patriotic postcard of the hospital at Moncton, New Brunswick. It was published by Warwick & Rutter of Toronto, one of the better postcard publishers of the time. Notice the elegant surround with provincial flags, and the Union Jack.
Two Canadian patriotic postcard checklists have been published. The first, The Canadian Patriotic Post Card Handbook, 1904-1914, was authored by W. L. (Wally) Gutzman and published in 1984 by the British North America Philatelic Society. Long out of print, the book can still be found occasionally in the stores of online book sellers. It has many informational color plates and grades postcards by rarity factor although, of course, the prices are long out of date.
Michael J. Smith’s The Canadian Patriotic Postcard Checklist, 1898-1928 is replete with many more examples of patriotic postcards. Published in 2003, it’s also out of print. Both books are worth including in any postcard reference library.
A handsome, if fanciful, patriotic view of the North Bay (Ontario) City Hall is seen above, in which it appears improbably exalted to the level and grandeur of surrounding images of Niagara Falls, the prairies and their agricultural fertility, the Rocky Mountains and Parliament. High hopes abounded, and this exuberance was often reflected in patriotic postcards of the time.
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