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Philip Francis Postcard Collection

Phillip Francis Postcard Collection

An historically significant collection of nearly 6,000 postcards collected by Philip Francis that visually and vividly capture a wide array of places, people, events, industries, geographic and architectural landmarks, modes of transportation – primarily associated with British Columbia. Many are from the "golden age" of postcards, 1900 to 1920. Publishers include Vancouver’s Thomson Stationary Co. and Warwick Brothers & Rutter, the first Canadian company to produce Canadian-made colour postcards. Both publishers specialized in postcards featuring geographic scenery. The cards are in excellent condition and a large percentage contain personal messages. This online collection contains a subset of the print collection.

License and Usage Permissions

Images from the Philip Francis Postcard 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. MSC130-19003-01] courtesy of the Philip Francis Postcard 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 Philip Francis Postcard 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" to make this collection available online.

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