Blast from the Past

Where Canadian Rockies - - CANMORE HOT SHOPS -

Five rea­sons we love the orig­i­nal an­tique post­cards at Sunny Raven Gallery (p 74): 1. Cul­tural His­tory: Images of tent camps, Swiss guides and rail­way cars give a glimpse into early 1900s life in the Cana­dian Rock­ies. 2. Labour of Love: Card mak­ers hand coloured black and white images to bring scenes to life. 3. En­vi­ron­men­tal In­sight: “I’ve had sci­en­tists and bi­ol­o­gists buy early cards that show for­est cover, and bench­mark glacier re­ces­sion,” says gallery owner Meg Nicks. 4. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Trends: Mes­sages on early 1900s cards were writ­ten in small spa­ces on the front; only the ad­dress went on the back. 5. Cre­ative Pre­sen­ta­tion: Nicks sells framed and un­framed cards; choose how you want to dis­play your piece of Cana­dian Rock­ies his­tory. –Afton Aikens

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