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Among my many genealogy projects is the study of a stack of 174 post cards sent to my Grandmother (Katie Clark) from 1906 to 1910.  The post cards are a record of her travels to the United States where she was studying to become a nurse.  To see more about this project, see




The stamps used to post the cards make an interesting study.  In the early 1900s, it cost 1 cent to send a post card in both the United States and Canada.  The postage requirements are printed in the upper right hand corner of this undated post card.




Since the post cards were mailed in both Canada and the United States, I have examples of stamps from both countries.  The numbers in brackets (below) indicate the number of stamps I have of the type for a given year.



Green, Edward VII, perforated, 1 cent, 1906 (2), 1907 (7), 1908 (9), 1909 (8), 1910 (41), unknown date (10) (Note: King George V came to the throne in May 10, 1910, but stamps with his image were not issued until 1911)

Green, Cartier and Champlain, perforated, 1 cent, 1908 (1), unknown date (1)




Very occasionally, people used a 2 cent stamp to mail a post card.

Red, Edward VII, perforated, 2 cent, unknown date (2)


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Green, Franklin front-facing, perforated, 1 cent, 1906 (4), 1907 (5), 1908 (9), 1910 (3), unknown date (4)

Green, Franklin left-facing, perforated, 1908 (1), 1909 (9), 1910 (4)




In the collection is one USA example of a 2 cent stamp.

Red, Washington, perforated, 2 cents, 1907 (1), 1909 (1)


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One card of the collection was mailed in 1913 to my Great-Grandmother, Mary Jane, Katie’s mother.

Green, Washington, perforated, 1 cent, 1913 (1)




Since Katie also received two post cards from Mexico, two of the stamps are from that country.  They depict the scene on the Mexican coat of arms, an eagle holding a snake in its mouth.


Green, Eagle Eating Snake, perforated, 2 cents, 1908 (2)




When I was young, I collected stamps for a short time, sorting through cloth pouches of bulk stamps from all over the world.  Philately, the study of stamps, is not really one of my interests, but I did enjoy making a study of the stamps on my Grandmother’s post cards, mailed over one hundred years ago to help people keep in touch – the modern equivalent of a text message or e-mail.


Copyright  2015  Jane Tims


Written by jane tims

March 4, 2015 at 7:37 am

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  1. I’m thinking these cards must be worth a fortune. lol To you anyway. 🙂

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    March 4, 2015 at 8:59 am

    • Hi. I have looked on the net for prices of stamps and they are worth a few dollars at most. I have paid up to $30 for a really beautiful seasonal post card. I would never sell them as they mean a lot to me just to have. Jane


      jane tims

      March 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

      • Yes, we often put a $ value on things that have so much more value to the heart. 🙂

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        March 4, 2015 at 9:27 am

  2. That sounds like so much fun, researching the stamps and reading the postcards.

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    Carol Steel

    March 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

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