Greetings from Toronto Exhibition
Note that this card has been sent by the same person to Germany as the previous example, this time mailed June 30, 1899. I acquired both cards years apart.
Grand Trunk New Single Arch Double Track Steel Bridge over the Niagara River
Below, the unused card front.
Private Mailing Card
Postally used August 5, 1899
Similar to SEL-001 except for the US postal customization, where the “Private Post Card” text has been replaced by “Private Mailing Card” and “Authorized by Act of Congress of May 19th 1898”.
Below, the reverse of the card with the text “Greetings from Alexandria Bay”.
Another variation in the card back, with the text “Greetings from Alexandria Bay”.
Niagara River Line
Postmarked Toronto, July 19, 1898
Receiver stamp Nantick, Mass. July 21, 1898
Ed Richardson wrote of the Semple & Luke series of Pre-Boer War patriotics in the December 1972 issue of BNA Topics. Richardson believed the series comes in 4 or 5 varieties distinguished by different scenes on the reverse, and possibly a different scene in the shield on the front. The card design shows attribution to Geo P Semple as the designer on the card front and Semple & Luke as the originators on the back.
Below, the reverse of the card with the text “This is sort of a new style of postal card, how do you like it”.
Above, an unused copy of the card showing the card back.
Epworth League Convention
Toronto, July 1897
SEL-005 was issued for the occasion of the Epworth League Convention which was held in Toronto from July 15th through 18th, 1897.
From Wikipedia, “The Epworth League was an organization of the young people of the Methodist Episcopal church formed in 1889 at Cleveland, Ohio by the combination of five young people's organizations then existing. The purpose of the league was the promotion of intelligent and vital piety among the young people of the church. The League existed in both the Northern and Southern branches of the Methodist Episcopal denomination and also in the Methodist church of Canada.”
Note the similar design used for the Victorian-Era Exposition of August & September of the same year. Below, the reverse of the card.
Canada's great Victorian-Era Exposition was held in Toronto, from August 30th to September 11th, 1897. The fair, today known as the Canadian National Exposition (CNE) started in 1879 under the name of the Dominion Industrial Fair. At its outset, the fair grew from a 16 day event with attendance of 102,000 people to a 12 day event in 1897 that attracted 320,000 people. During the course of its history, it had a variety of themes, such as in 1895, “The New Woman”, and in 1897 “Victorian-Era Exposition”. From 1888 to 1902 it was known as “Canada's Great Industrial Fair & Exposition”, with the exception of the theme years mentioned. Below, the reverse of the card.
Above, a copy mailed from Montreal to Salsberg, Bavaria, Germany, on July 16, 1898 (a year after issuance) with 2¢ postage, short paid, and receiving postage due markings. Note the change in colouration of this card compared to the previous card.
Below, the front of the card.