Preservation

           Before arriving in the archives, this postcard was probably not carefully preserved, as it is not usually seen as a delicate item. Kept by whoever may have purchased it, or it may have been given to as a momento, it could have been kept in a personal collection. As it could have been kept for emotional value, despite its material being paper, it was still kept flat and was never written on, which may suggest its value as an unsent souvenir. As well, as the small numbers on it suggest being a part of a collection, it may have been kept as a piece of the collection.

           Within the Guelph University Archives, these pieces of ephemera are kept in plastic sleeves within their respective collections or collections with like pieces. This postcard is part of the Sleeman/Murrary Inch collection, as Mayor George Sleeman was in office in 1880-1882 and 1905-1906, during the early planning stages and then in the following years as Homewoods reputation grew. As it was a large estate, he would often use the facilities to host the welcoming of delegates and other town meetings regarding the funding and investments made by the city (THE SUPREME CIRCLE. The Globe). As it is paper, there are some signs of aging, such as the corners are slightly curved, the colours are not as vibrant as they might have been, and on the back the once clear paper is slightly yellowed and marked. 

        Regarding the building featured in the postcard, this institution is still open and thriving, under the name of the Homewood Health Center. There have been updates and renovations to the buildings, but the grounds have remained more or less unchanged. Homewood now offers many more services, such as addiction rehabilitation, counselling and treatment for eating disorders, nervous disorders, and other mental illnesses. As well, the grounds now offer more services for the general public such as daycare, community gardens, transitional care and seniors’ services.