April 25, 2016
By Afton Aikens, Ashley Materi & Jen Groundwater
Blast from the Past
Five reasons we love the original antique postcards at Sunny Raven Gallery:
- Cultural History: Images of tent camps, Swiss guides and railway cars give a glimpse into early 1900s life in the Canadian Rockies.
- Labour of Love: Card makers hand coloured black and white images to bring scenes to life.
- Environmental Insight: “I’ve had scientists and biologists buy early cards that show forest cover, and benchmark glacier recession,” says gallery owner Meg Nicks.
- Communication Trends: Messages on early 1900s cards were written in small spaces on the front; only the address went on the back.
- Creative Presentation: Nicks sells framed and unframed cards; choose how you want to display your piece of Canadian Rockies history.
Parties are more fun with shareable dishes. Evoolution sells curated sample packs of olive oil and balsamic vinegars for bread dipping (flavours like Tuscan herb olive oil and Mission fig dark balsamic). Or pick up a campfire s’mores kit from Calgary vendor Fiasco Gelato at BLAKE provisions.
Talented local authors have a passion for mountain writing. Pick up your next read, be it local history, guidebook, photography, memoir or fiction, at Café Books or the Canmore Museum shop.
Café Books staff picks include Tales & Trails (guidebook/stories) by Lynn Martel, Summits & Starlight (photos) by Paul Zizka and adorable Nuptse & Lhotse (kids’ picture books) by Jocey Asnong.
Museum staff picks include Ben Gadd’s Geology Road Tours (non-fiction) and Raven’s End (fiction).
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