Canadian Vintage Postcards

I have been a history fan since the day I first noticed old buildings with the carved and sculpted stonework, the majestic columns and the extras, like gargoyles. My Mother loves antiques. We still have some of the massive pieces of furniture which she told me were called Canadiana, over 100 years old made from trees far older than that even. The wood has become soft to the touch and the colour is lighter than the finished wooden furniture.

Anyway, nothing lasts forever. Isn’t that the sad part of history, architecture and antiques?

This is why I have always enjoyed finding vintage and antique postcards of old Canadian cities, towns and places I have been in the current time. In the old postcards you can see some of what once was and how a building (still standing) looked when it was new. The street views are my favourites. Horses still in the streets, sometimes sharing it with vehicles and sometimes, just horses and buggies. People along the sidewalks, some close enough to see a pattern in their clothes and the trimmings on their hats. Those were real, living people. Not a design someone created to add features to an illustration.

What do you think about when you see an old postcard? Travels? History? Collectibles and antiques? Maybe you see them for the art they are too?

Old Barrie Buildings in Vintage Postcards

I like the vintage postcards even better than the photographs. I collected postcards for years and the older cards were always my favourites, when I could find one. Likely that postcard collecting has stayed with me.

Some of these buildings (if not all) are demolished. The waterfront image helps to show where they were.

Rosemary Hasner – Ontario Rural Ruins in Art

These images are based on photographs of Ontario rural locations, some abandoned but some just old and interesting.  Mixed media photography. I like the images with the postal marks on them. A personal thing from all the years I wrote penpal letters and still really like vintage postcards. But, my favourite of all of these is the one with the plain wooden house and all the greenery in the foreground.  I like the look of it, much less spooky than the other images. I think it has a touch of fantasy and is more interesting because it’s less forbidding and doom and gloom.

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Via – Rosemary Hasner at Black Dog Creative Arts.

The Orleans is Beautiful in New York

The Orleans

via – Beaux Arts condo conversion in UWS enters the market.

Built around 1900 on the corner of West 80th Street and Columbus Avenue, the structure is “the second oldest tall building on the Upper West Side,” according to the official site. The brick, stone and limestone building first opened as a hotel; by the 1950s, it was a mix of 77 rental apartments and 43 hotel rooms. Owners David Sterling and Nora Lavori, a long-divorced couple who purchased the place in the early 1980s, have renovated the apartments multiple times.

I noticed this photo in a real estate blog. The building has such wonderful stonework I had to see more of it. I found the whole corner and across the street are all buildings with this kind of stonework. I found them through Google Street View and took screen shots. It would be nice to see more places like this. Maybe I will get down to Toronto again before Spring this year.

One side of the building was sunny but mostly covered by trees on Google Street View.
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I could see more on the other side, around the corner.
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Here is some detail as close as I could get. Too bad it isn’t clearer.
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This building was beside the Orleans.
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The other building I looked at was across the street.
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I can imagine going to Paris, some of those old European cities and seeing the very old and detailed stonework. The best I can do at the moment is look at photos other people have taken, vintage postcards and see what I can find with Google Street View. But, there are good places to see right here. Just not as much history and here in rural Ontario they didn’t make a lot of skyscrapers a hundred years ago.