The last best West

The last best West: Glimpses of the Prairie Provinces from the golden age of postcards

From 3 March to 24 June 2011, the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library at the University is hosting an exhibit of historical postcards. The exhibit, which includes almost 100 eye-catching scenes from among the many thousands of postcards in the collection that depict the culture and history of the Canadian prairies, was curated by Edmonton's Historian Laureate, author Ken Tingley. The gallery below contains images of those cards, plus some others that were used in the exhibit catalogue. We hope you enjoy!

Click here to listen to Ken Tingley speak about the process of selecting the postcards for "The Last Best West" and the importance of the exhibit and the collection.

Browse all of the "Last best West" postcards  

Want to learn more about the postcard? Read "The postcard: A brief history" 

Comments? Visit our Prairie Postcards set on Flickr 

Access the entire Prairie Postcard Collection at

Collection Stats

Bibliographic records :11,838
Nombre total de documents :8,810
Nombre total de pages :797,879
Numéros de journaux :67,019
Pages de journaux :646,697
Newspaper Articles :4,909,669
Images :16,298