Betty's Postcard Album

A different postcard will be placed in this spot every few weeks.
Click on image for larger image of the
New Alcan Highway, a photo postcard.

"View along the New Alcan Highway through Canada's Wilderness
built by a Welcome Army of U.S. Soldiers"
by permission of Wartime Information Board   added Apr. 8/03

Built in 1942, construction of the highway took just a little over 8 months to complete. "Improvements" were made in 1943, but the stories of travelling the Alcan and later Alaska Highway were legendary for decades to come. The road now is a far cry from its military beginnings.

To learn more about the Alcan Highway (now Alaska Highway), here are a couple of links:

As my postcard page has developed and grown, I've found it necessary to break it up into smaller sections; therefore, I now link from this page to each section by clicking on the images below. I hope you will enjoy your visit.

Current Themes

Generally Speaking... Postcard collecting has become much more than a pastime for me. Since I began my collection a few years ago, I've learned a great deal about the past, and created a window through which I could glimpse life as my ancestors saw it. Often insight is gained from the comments written on older postcards. Collecting postcards is a wonderful way to learn of our past in a far more personal manner than out of books.

It did not take long, however, before I noticed that I had stacks of albums filling up with cards! I soon developed, as so many have before me, a passion for almost every kind of card I could find or trade for. Joining a postcard trading list opened a whole new world where I could learn much more about what will someday become history, by sending and receiving postcards, usually in my own line of interest. A good trading site will be found at Postcard Pages.

There are many sites devoted to types of cards, identification of cards, and the various technical aspects of cards. Confused about the descriptions of backs of cards? Here are two examples:

Example of undivided back

Example of early divided back
Note the curved marks on the upper corners of the card on the right. These are pressure marks caused from the card being stored in an album for an extended period.

And here are a couple of links to help you further: