Scotland in the Mail! Postcards as Windows onto the Scottish Past

What can a postcard tell us about the past? Since the first one was sent through the mail in 1869, people have sent, received, cherished and discarded these circulating artefacts. 

In fall 2019, HIST*1050, students in 'Invitation to History' set about to uncover the extraordinary histories of Scottish postcards. Their research reveals the rich artefactual history of the postcard—and the social, cultural, technological and economic histories that they can help us to tell.

This exhibit showcases their work.

We hope you will never think of a postcard in the same way again!

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Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph Library, Guelph, ON

 

Credits

Curated by students in Hist 1050: Ethan Aitchison, Kevin Alves, Julia Bifolchi, Thomas Breckon, Juliana Clark, Gabriela Davila-Hernandez, Ashley Fazio, Steven Fisher, Megan Gamble, Callum Gardiner, Daniel Gasior, Justin Haley, Kaleigh Hall, Alexander Hill, Madison Hubble, Ella Keyes, Alexandra Kurceba, Riva Lewis, Molly McNeely, Natasha McNeil-Beckett, Dami Ogunbiyi, Nicole Pacella, Lacey Papple, Zoe Phillips, Emma Rutledge, Benjamin Seitz, Henrique Silva Paiane, Jordan Slade, Kathleen Smith, Benjamin Stagg, Chloe Tsigaridas, Connor Van Dyke, Teigan Veitch, Natalie Way, Jaslynn Weidhaas, Madeleine Zanin