Postcards for third book on history
Val Mills says Memorial Park holds treasured childhood memories, as do many Palmerston North locations in the postcards she has collected throughout her life.
It was at Memorial Park where Val learned to swim in 1958.
Postcards of Palmerston North 1900-1960 is Val’s third book. Her last book Down at the Baths won the best Manawatu¯ Local History book in 2015-2017.
“I wanted to show not only the postcards but the photographs as well.”
She calls herself a hobby historian and her postcards hold a wealth of information about the changing scape of Palmerston North.
Postcards are from the first part of the 20th Century and the images and related stories tell the story about each.
Val says this “snap in time” of 170 images include 30 from the library archives and a dozen from private collections.
On page 68 are the buses Val used to ride on.
One postcard shows the butterflyshaped lakelet in the Square and there’s a card produced in 1965 of the first bridge on Fitzherbert Ave.
Millar and Giorgi’s store reconstruction is a privately produced card of Joseph Powelka who was convicted of the building’s arson and was sentenced to 21 years in jail. However, between April and August in 1910 Powelka escaped several times. He was recaptured, then escaped and eluded capture never to be heard of again.
■ Postcards of Palmerston North 1900-1960, $39.99 at Bruce McKenzie Booksellers.
Val Mills returned to Memorial Park before her Postcards of Palmerston North 1900-1960 launch.