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Comic Valentines

The Comic Valentines sub-subseries contains 55 cards printed on cheap paper and are typically hand-coloured. The Comic Valentines sub-subseries consists of single-page greeting cards with woodcut images representing several stereotypes, usually po...

Greeting Card Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 1190
  • Collection
  • [1790?]-1980s

Collections consists of holiday greeting cards. Description is forthcoming and will be published as it becomes available.

Victorian Valentines

The Valentines subseries consists of a variety of greeting card formats and styles from primarily the Victorian era but as late as the interwar period. These include a mix of cards that have been sent and kept by the receiver in addition to severa...

Stationer's Scraps

The Stationer's Scraps sub-subseries is comprised of 15 scraps of card. These consist of individual pieces of cutout card that have either fallen off existing cards, or which were meant to be used by a cardmaker in the fabrication of greeting...

Sentimental Valentines

The Sentimental Valentines sub-subseries consists of cards, handmade or manufactured, in which a long, sentimental poem is the main feature. The cards range in terms of format and style. They may be elaborately decorated by hand with several mater...


The Scrapbooks sub-subseries contains a full scrapbook of publisher’s samples, as well as individual scrapbook pages with multiple attached cards that have been extracted from a book. The cards in these scrapbook pages usually include a bulk price...

Rebus Valentines

The Rebus Valentines sub-subseries consists of printed valentines that contain puzzles or cryptographic messages that the recipient must decipher. This can include messages written in hieroglyphics or hidden in endless knots.

Miscellaneous Greeting Cards

The Miscellaneous Greeting Cards sub-subseries contains all cards that are not Valentines. They were either found within the same seller’s scrapbooks as the Valentine cards or were found mixed with the fonds, possibly belonging to a same recipient...


File contains 4 letters. 2 documents are copies of letters written by Blackwood to Queen Victoria and Lord Glanely (principal secretary of state for the colonies). The other 2 letters are acknowledgements of receipt of letters from St. James'...

Photocopy of Letterbook

The file contains the photocopies of one notebook of letters composed by Thomas Blackwood mostly relating to business operations in the North West Company. Information about pricing and inventory can be found.

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