It took curator Nadine Gates many hours to select century-old postcards for a special exhibit from the hundreds of postcards on file at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives.
“There are so many more. We have some that haven’t been catalogued yet. This could be part one of a series,” she said.
Those chosen were scanned at high resolution, enlarged so viewers could see the finer details in each historic landscape and printed on durable banner stock.
The Postcards from the Past exhibit launched on Saturday and will be on display until mid-April.
Why were so many different postcards produced in that era?
“Yarmouth is very photogenic. It was, and still is, a very beautiful place,” said Gates.
“Look at Collins Street, it’s beautiful with the trees and manicured lawns and beautiful homes. It was the place to come and people took pictures,” she said.
Many of the photos were taken in the early 1900s by Enos Parker, E.J. Vickery and L.G. Swaine.
A large number of the original photographs for the postcards are in the archives. On the reverse are instructions in German on how to print in postcard form.
Visitors wishing to see the original postcards (in addition to many more on file) can check with archivist Jamie Serran to view them.
Gates says the exhibit is a unique way of allowing the archives collection to be shown.
“It’s really hard to exhibit text and that’s basically what the archives is. It’s documents and photographs. So unless you do something like this you’ve got to frame things and encase them and it’s not the same,” she said.
The museum will keep the enlarged postcards after the exhibit and Gates says if anyone is interested in purchasing them, she is open to offers.
The museum’s winter hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. It is closed Monday and Sunday (appointments recommended: 902-742-5539.)