Real Photo Postcard Exhibit

Experience a touch of the past by taking a look at the real photo postcard exhibit on the main floor of the Library, near the Reference collection.  Real photo postcards were popularized in the early 20th century, and enabled people to make postcards from any picture they took.  Their popularity was aided by Kodak releasing an affordable, folding pocket-sized camera in 1903, designed for postcard-size film.

A sampling of books, and some examples of real photo postcards are on display.  To learn more about real photo postcards and to see some additional examples, please view the following library resourcesSpecial Collections, located on the 4th floor of the Library, also contains the Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection, which consists of photographs, negatives, advertising records, magazines, pamphlets, daily record books, recipe books, cameras and other photographic equipment produced by Kodak Canada Inc. and other Kodak manufacturing facilities around the world.  The camera collection includes an example of the folding camera used to make real photo postcards.

Special Collections is accessible Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm by appointment only – please contact Beth Knazook, Photographic Specialist at eknazook@ryerson.ca or phone x4996.

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