Blue Sky Region, Ontario: Canadian History in Vintage Postcards
Highlighting in vintage postcards the history of towns and townships in the greater Lake Nipissing and Lake Temagami areas of Northern Ontario, Canada, including the Nipissing District and portions of the Parry Sound district which are in the “Blue Sky Region.” These Canadian postcards are shown in digital, virtual museum format for educational purposes. If you have images or historical information which you’d like to share with our virtual museum, feel free to do so. To navigate these pages, mouse over the top navigation bar. Drop-down menus will appear of the areas of interest. Click on the thumbnails for larger images. Close the larger image before opening another thumbnail. The occasional duplicates for sale can be found using the search box on the main (home) page of VintagePostcards.org. This is an ongoing project; comments and questions to the webmaster at webmaster - at sign - vintagepostcards.org are welcome.
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Initially during WWI, there was a great deal of enthusiasm in Canada about serving in the Armed Forces. But with heavy overseas casualties and as the war continued, enthusiasm waned and recruitment became more difficult. First, factories producing goods essential for the war began to employ females, to free up males for military service. The situation became acute by 1917, when the recruitment rate had fallen to less than the number of battefield casualties sustained. In a highly controversial move, conscription (the draft) was implemented in Canada. The first draftees reported for duty in January 1918. A National Service Registration plan was adopted, to provide an inventory of manpower available for military duty and for employment in essential industries. On 22 June 1918, national registration was held throughout Canada; males over age 16 were required to register. Information gathered included name, age, date of birth, citizenship, marital status, occupation, state of health, country of birth and year of immigration. This somewhat rare Canada Registration Board card was signed on 22 June 1918 by George Pierce Butler of Alderdale, who was also the Deputy Register (assistant). These 4-1/8” x 2-3/4” wallet-sized cards were, in essence, a draft card. Charges could be laid if one didn’t carry their draft card. In the end, 47,509 conscripts were sent overseas.
Here’s a Thanksgiving postcard bearing a scarce October 1910 Galston split-ring postmark. The Galston post office, in Calvin Township, was open from October 1900 to June 1917. John S. McDonald was the only postmaster. He resigned in March 1917, with the post office formally closing in June; thus, the Galston post office became known as a dead post office, or DPO. It’s interesting to note that the postcard was apparently sent by his daughter, Sadie McDonald, to her grandmother, Mrs. John McDonald, who had an Admaston Station address in the Renfrew South (Ottawa) area. Admaston Station itself is now a DPO; the name changed to Adamston in 1931 and that post office finally closed in 1969.
Blue violets were a Victorian symbol of faithfulness and loyalty, as seen in this vintage postcard bearing a scarce first-year, 1909 Genesee Rapids postmark. This post office, which only operated from 1909 through 1915, was in the Mick General Store. It opened in January 1909, with E. C. Mick as postmaster. Thomas Anderson was postmaster in 1912 and 1913, and Peter Mick was the last postmaster, holding the position from 1914 until the post office’s closure on 31 December 1915. Many small post offices closed with the advent of rural mail delivery; the Genesee Rapids post office was no exception. Writing on 10 December, the sender said: “We have just been out skating in the field. Just our own bunch…We did some [Christmas] decorating.” The cancel is seen below.
For collectors of vintage postcards, old postcards and the antique postcard. Deltiology, the hobby of collecting vintage postcards, is one of the fastest-growing collectibles hobbies. Old postcard collections interest collectors of antiques, memorabilia and ephemera; collectables such as old vintage postcards are used by museums and historians to document what was.