G.W. Thomson & Son

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This pioneer patriotic postcard “Sold by G.W. Thomson & Son” shows three vignettes of Goderich, Ontario—the Court House, Harbour & Driveway Near Town on the front of the card, and a large coloured maple leaf on the back, with the lyrics of The Maple Leaf Forever. In the 1903 Ontario Business Directory, GW Thomson was a local Goderich merchant who sold musical instruments.

From the 1910 Ontario Gazetteer, Goderich, with a population of about 4,632, was “a shipping port situated on the river Maitland at it’s confluence with Lake Huron, and on the terminus of the B&G line GTR, also of the CPR line, in Huron Co, of which it is the county seat. It has a good system of municipal waterworks, volunteer fire department and electric light, and is the location of very extensive salt works, has four mills, boiler and machine works and other industries high, separate and public schools, a public library of 3000 volumes, 2 public halls, 4 banks and 2 weekly newspapers, the Star and the Signal.” “Salt, livestock grain, flour, fish, lumber etc are shipped. Steamboats to all the lake ports call during navigation. Town owns waterworks & electric light plant. Stages daily to Lucknow, 22 miles northeast, and to Kintail 16 miles.

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Foreign Destinations Part 3

A third round of updates of Canadian postcards with overseas foreign destinations has been added. There are still a few more to add, but that’s all for now.

Foreign Destinations Part 2

I’ve added some additional pages as a followup to the initial posting, with more to come.

Foreign Destinations

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I’ve begun migrating the section on Canadian postcards mailed to overseas foreign destinations to the current site format. I’d been unhappy with the options for displaying cards in the album style, as it didn’t allow for any additional information on the cards to be added to the gallery. I’ve now solved that issue with an added in tool that I think gives me what I was looking for.

I have migrated about half the contents of the previous pages in this section so far, however the balance should be quicker now that I have the new format worked out.