Postcards from the Past: Edwardian Images of Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley


176 pages
Contains Photos, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-895811-23-6
DDC 971.1'3303'0222




Reviewed by Ann Turner

Ann Turner is the financial and budget manager of the University of
British Columbia Library.


The Edwardian years (1901–10) were a period of tremendous growth for
Vancouver. It developed from a town into a city as its population more
than quadrupled, and real-estate development boomed in both the
commercial and the residential sectors of the city and surrounding area.
The new buildings, recreational facilities, and expanding cityscapes
were natural subjects for the picture postcards that were so popular at
the time. Having been introduced in Europe about 30 years previously,
postcards were actively exchanged and collected. The 84 lithographed
black-and-white cards reproduced in this volume are fine examples of
their genre. Together with the

well-researched historical commentary that accompanies them, they
provide a unique view of this period in Vancouver’s history. An
extensive bibliography and a detailed index complete this attractive and
highly readable contribution to the study of Vancouver’s past.


Thirkell, Fred, and Bob Scullion., “Postcards from the Past: Edwardian Images of Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed December 3, 2023,