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Postcard Railway


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White Elephant Museum Inc.
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Nom de l'objet : Postcard Railway
Titre : Railway Station St. John's Newfoundland
Type de l'objet : postcard
Classification de l'objet : man-made artefact
Catégorie de l'objet : tools & equipment for communication
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : written communication tools & equipment
Discipline : local history
social history
Matériaux : paper
Technique de fabrication : printed
painted?
Numéro de catalogue : 1999.WE.MA.01.b
Fabricant : Ayre & Sons, Ltd.
Nom du marchand : Ayre & Sons. Ltd
Province d'origine : pre-confederation Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador
Pays d'origine : Canada
Dominion of Newfoundland
Continent d'origine : North America
Province d'utilisation : pre-confederation Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador
Pays d'utilisation : Canada
Dominion of Newfoundland
Culture : Canadian
Secteur géo-culturel : North America
Contexte culturel : written communication
Date de début de production : c 1906
Date de fin de production : c 1925
Période : early 20th century
Description : This artefact is a coloured photo postcard of the Riverhead railway station in St. John's. The image shows the building from the east side. Pictured to the west of the station are two buildings. Closest is the freight shed. Behind the freight shed and only visible by the smoke stack is the stations coke shed. Visible behind the station to the left and right are the south side hills. Printed in black lettering on the top of the card is the line, Railway Station, St. John's, Newfoundland. The reverse of the card is divided into two sections, one for an address, and the other for personal messages. On the bottom left side of the card there is a line in small black text which provides the card's manufacturer information; NO 1041 Rights Reserved. Ayre & Sons, Ltd., St. John's, Newfoundland. The card bears a red Newfoundland postage stamp in the upper right corner that depicts South West Arm, Newfoundland. The card also has a black circular post mark that reads; St. John's NFLD Nov. 25 2pm 1925. The card is addressed to Miss Andrea Andersen of Makkovik, Labrador. The message reads; "This picture is of the place where I saw Margaret off. The poor child was frightened and sobbed bitterly. Ruth White's grandmother took me to see Ruth in the convent school. She seems happy enough and can play the piano very nicely. Love & kindest regards to Papa, Mamma, Auntie & all. & much love to you. Yours lovingly, M.A. Rowe.
Commentaires : At the time this card was purchased the establishment of the Newfoundland railway was nearing fifty years, almost half of its lifespan on the island. The Newfoundland Government began building its rail line in 1881. The line was to run from St. John's to Halls Bay and the project was taken on by the Newfoundland Railway Company. After three years of construction and 57 miles of track the Newfoundland Railway Company went into receivership. Over the next four years a number of branches were added to the original line. Wanting to complete the original line the government contracted with Canadian Robert G. Reid in 1890. It was agreed that the line would be continued to Halls Bay at a cost of $15.600 per mile. The government renegotiated with Reid to extend the line across the island to Port aux Basques. The first passenger train made the full run in 1898. The railway operated with limited success throughout the early 20th century and by 1931 the line, now government owned and operated, was in trouble. That same year the Commission of Government closed three branches of the line. Confederation with Canada in 1949 meant that operation of the line was taken over by C.N. As roadways throughout the island improved, the railway declined and in 1988 the last train made its run on Newfoundland tracks. Miss Rowe, the cards sender, taught in Makkovik from 1925 -1930. During her time there she taught Andrea Andersen, the cards recipient, to play the organ. Ruth White, referred to in the letter, was the daughter of Richard White who ran a store in Nain area.
Fonctions : This card was purchased in St. John's by M.A. Rowe in 1925 and sent to Andrea Andersen. Andrea placed it card in her post card album, where it remained until present.
Hauteur : 13.7
Longueur : 9
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Nombre d'objets : 1
Nombre de parties composantes : 1
Nom des parties composantes : card
Objets associés : 1999.WE.MA.01.a
also see 1999.WE.MA.01
Étiquette ou poinçon : No 1043 Rights Reserved Ayre & Sons, Ltd. St John's Newfoundland
Établissement : White Elephant Museum Inc.
Ville de l'établissement : Makkovik
Province de l'établissement : Newfoundland and Labrador
Site web de l'établissement : http://www.labradorvirtualmuseum.ca/wem  

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