Picture postcards first appeared in Europe circa 1870, and quickly became
popular, both as means of communication and as collectible items.
It is calculated that 140 billion postcards were sent worldwide in
the years between 1894 and 1919. The real heyday for collectors occurred
between 1907 and 1914. Picture postcards were authorized for use
within Canada in 1903. Postcard collectors kept their collections
in special albums. The most popular postcards to collect were “views” or
scenes from countries around the world. In North America, greeting
cards, including Valentines, were among the most common types of
Showing Two Children with Hearts Under Their Arms
Fanshawe Pioneer Village:
14 x 8.8 cm.