Last week, I was picking up a book from one of University of Toronto’s many libraries. I had never been to this library, John Kelly Library in St. Michael’s College. I was excited to see they had postcards for sale – although I was underwhelmed, I bought them anyway as I figure I wanted to expand my collection of postcards from the university I’m attending.
Here are the two postcards:
The images are from the archives of the school, so I realize the quality isn’t the best, but it has historical merit.
What I find most interesting about the postcard is that the caption that has expected information about the front image is in the middle line, this is normally reserved for the credit line of the postcard publisher information. I have never seen essential information put there – so I love its uniqueness in that regard.
[Top left] “University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto John M. Kelly Library.
We thank you for your continued support.”
[Middle] “Unveilling of McElcheran Sculpture at John M. Kelly Library, 1973…Left to Right Fr. James Bernard Black (Librarian) and R. John M. Kelly.”
Here is the other postcard:
“Library at 10 Elmsley Place. View into the Alcove, 1947. University of St. Michael’s College Archives.”
This one is a bit more interesting in subject matter if not photographic quality, as it concurs up the image of the archetypal old university library.