Illustration

Not so Vintage Postcards

I live on Georgian Bay so this vintage-look postcard drew me in.  Even better when I realized these cards depicting beloved places all over Canada are by artist Mitchell Fenton. (See a previous post on him here.)

These 5 x 7 inch postcards “were produced from existing paintings, mostly for fun, under the “Canadian Specific” label celebrating the golden age of advertising,” Fenton says. He has donated each series to public bodies for fundraising (for example the Georgian Bay Land Trust and Lake Ohara Trails Club in Yoho).

There are plenty of choices for Banff, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Jasper.  The selection for Toronto Island, where Fenton lives, is also wide-ranging.

See all the postcards here

See more about Fenton and his work on the Art Junkie post, here.

NOTE: For those wondering about the “Canadian Specific” logo, the Canadian Pacific Railway (the CPR), produced thousands of promotional travel posters beginning in the 1880s, searing the company’s logo and images into the consciousness of many generations of Canadians. (Just do a Google search.)

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  1. These are lovely! I love getting vintage poster postcards when I travel, and it’s nice to learn about the artist behind these Canadian ones. I’ll have to keep an eye out next time I visit. Thank you for sharing!

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