St John's & the Avalon
Peninsula, Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador is a province of Canada on its east coast.  Newfoundland itself
is a large island and the most easterly point of continental North America. Until 1949, when
it achieved independence, the province was a British territory. St John's is the capital and
major city.
Old Postcard, Water Street, St John's, Newfoundland
St John's NFLD, Aerial View
St John's, Water Street
St John's - an aerial view from the 1970s showing the Memorial
University of Newfoundland.
St John's, Bowring Park
Bowring Park in Winter.
A great old postcard from about 1910 showing Water Street in St
John's. The view today is not that different as many of the old
buildings, formerly dockside warehouses, still remain.   
Water Street, St John's, in the late 1960s.
Petty Harbour, Newfoundland
A 1925 postcard of Petty Harbour. This is a very photogenic fishing village not far from St John's - go there if you have the opportunity, but
watch the roads in winter !      
Topsail, Newfoundland
Topsail in a 1925 postcard.   
Portugal Cove, Newfoundland
Portugal Cove and Bell Island about 1910. There is a ferry to Bell
Island from this village. The crossing is fun but there's not much to
see on the island. There used to be
iron ore mines at one time, but
they are now disused.   
Torbay, Newfoundland
Torbay in 1915
War Memorial St John's Newfoundland
The National War Memorial which I believe is on Duckworth Street.   
Signal Hill, St John's
St John's Harbour
A rather tatty postcard of the harbour and town seen from the Catholic
cathedral.  
Middle Cove, Logy Bay, Newfoundland
Middle Cove, Logy Bay, near St John's.    
Marine Drive, St John's, Newfoundland
"Seen (scene ?) on Marine Drive", which is a pleasant afternoon ride
near St John's -  an undated postcard.
Newfoundland, Cod Fishing
Cod Fishing - a 1940s postcard.   
Middle Cove, Newfoundland
Middle Cove, which is near St John's - another postcard from the
1940s.   
Drying Cod, Newfoundland
Drying the codfish - no indication of where in Newfoundland this is.  
Iceberg, St John's, Newfoundland
An iceberg off the Narrows - a common sight in the spring.
The Narrows, St John's
Sailing boats at the entrance to St John's Harbour.
The Narrows, St Jphn's, Old Postcard
A 1947 postcard of the Narrows.
Cape Race, Newfoundland
Cape Race. This is miles from anywhere, on the southern tip of the
Avalon Peninsular. I remember driving  over a pretty rough road to get
there and finding a plaque on the lighthouse which says "Made in
Birmingham" !! This was in 1974 - this card was mailed in 1947.
A nice postcard - not sure of the exact location.
St George's Field, St John's, Newfoundland
This postcard of sports on St George's Field was mailed in 1909.
St John's Regatta, Newfoundland
The Regatta on Quid Vidi Lake - a postcard from 1909.     
Waterford Valley, Newfoundland
No date for this view of the Waterford Valley.
St John's, Newfoundland, Old Postcard
A remarkably clear image from 1910.   
And Did You Know.........that much of St John's was
destroyed in another fire on 8 July 1892 ?  Follow
this
link for an excellent article about the fire.
Did You Know.........that a fire on 9 June 1846
destroyed more than 2000 buildings in St John's, and
left 12,000 homeless ?
Click here for the full story.
Cannon on Signal Hill.
And Did You Also Know.........that St John's suffered a third major disaster on 12 December 1942, when
99 people were killed in a fire at the Knights of Columbus Hostel on Harvey Road. Rumours at the time
blamed sabotage by an "enemy agent" but this has never been proved. Follow
this link for a colourful
description of the conflagration.
Whilst constructing our page of postcards on
the Crimea in Russia, we noticed a resemblance
between a view of the harbour in Balaklava and
St John's harbour. Have a look and see what you
think -
follow this link !
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only £1.95, with big discounts for orders for 10 or more
cards. The card is fully customizable, so you can add your
personal or company greetings and details. Click on the
image.
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