Every post card in my collection has its own story. Every Wednesday I post one of the 3,000 plus stories.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
I Drive One of These!!
The picture on the front of this post card is of a streetcar that used to ply
the streets of my home town, Edmonton. It is one of three post cards I have of the streetcars of Edmonton. One is a restored streetcar that is driven in Fort Edmonton Park and one is an original post card from between 1908 and 1918. I have posted about both of these cards already. This post card was given to me, along with the post cards from the prevous three blog posts, by a friend of mine. The title of the blog is "I One of These" because I belong to the Edmonton Radial Railway Society. We restore old streetcars and drive them in Fort Edmonton Park and across the High Level Bridge in Edmonton. This is from Wikipedia: In 1908, the Government of Alberta passed the Edmonton Radial Tramway Act, permitting the city to provide tramway service to communities located within 80 miles of the city. With this power, the city purchased the Strathcona Radial Tramway Company Ltd., and began providing streetcar service to the City of Strathcona as well.
The radial railway reached its greatest extent in 1930. Two years later, in 1932, bus service replaced streetcar service on the 102 Avenue line. In the following years, the Edmonton trolley bus system replaced streetcar service on most Edmonton Radial Railway routes, and streetcar service ended in 1951.
The back of the post card tells us that this is a card printed and published by Valentine & Sons. It was printed just after October of 1913. I have about 30 cards from one variation of the Valentine Company or another: Valentine Souvenir, Valentine & Sons, etc.