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British Columbia Postcards Collection

British Columbia Postcards Collection

This is an historically significant collection of over 6,000 B.C. postcards that visually and vividly capture a wide array of places, people, events, industries, geographic landmarks, architectural highlights, modes of transportation – all associated with British Columbia. Many are from the "golden age" of postcards, 1900 to 1920, as well as the period from 1920 until WW2. Many of the cards are in excellent condition and a large percentage contain personal messages useful in documentation. This online collection contains a subset of the print collection.

License and Usage Permissions

Images from the British Columbia Postcards Collection have been made available by Simon Fraser University Library under a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial license. A full legal outline of the license can be viewed at: We encourage the appropriate open use of images from this collection for educational and other not-for-profit purposes. Attribution/citation should be provided as follows:

Image [insert image number here, eg. MSC130-2144-01] courtesy of the British Columbia Postcards Collection, a digital initiative of Simon Fraser University Library. [Please include the website url when images are used in an offline or print-based context].

Parties interested in using high-resolution versions of the images from the British Columbia Postcards Collection for commercial purposes should contact Special Collections and Rare Books, SFU Library.


SFU Special Collections and Rare Books gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre's "BC History Digitization Program" and the SFU Library's Scholarly Digitization Fund to make this collection available online.

Contributed by Special Collections and Rare Books, Simon Fraser University Library.