Title and statement of responsibility area
David Bain Postcard Collection
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[197-?], predominant [191-?] (Creation)
- David Bain
Physical description area
1 postcard album (ca. 136 postcards)
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Archival description area
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David Bain grew up in Guelph and spent most of his career as a librarian / archivist for Toronto Public Library. One of his hobbies was collecting postcards and paper ephemera from his home town. His grandfather was a foreman with the Bell Piano Factory.
The records were in the custody of David Bain and later received by the Wellington County Museum and Archives in October 2022. They were subsequently transferred to the Guelph Public Library later that year.
Scope and content
Collection consists of one postcard album and several loose postcards. The postcards offer a wide range of images covering various aspects of the city of Guelph and its history. Included are images of Park Ave, Paisley street, London road, main street, Eramora road, Bell Piano and Organ Company, the Opera House, and Jubilee Park. Images of the Speed River and various panoramic views of Guelph are also evident. There are also photographs taken by 19th photographers such as W. Marshall and T. Smith. The album includes approximately 40 pieces of paper ephemera.
Immediate source of acquisition
The postcards remain in the album and have not been separated from their original order.
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Availability of other formats
Some of the postcards have been digitized.
Restrictions on access
Access to these records is restricted for conservation reasons. Please contact the Guelph Public Library archivist to gain access to these records.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Donor-held copyright in these records has been transferred to the Guelph Public Library. Permission of the Guelph Public Library is required for publication.
To access these records order box 1, David Bain Postcard Collection, from the Guelph Public Library Archivist. Box 1 is located in Technical Services.
No further accruals are expected.