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Featured Pieces: Picturesque Postcards

Postcard looking North at the Foot of Mulcaster Street from Heritage Park. 2016-05-21T20:01:59+00:00
Postcard showing pine trees that line Highway 11 South near Mapleview Drive. 2016-09-06T17:49:05+00:00
A postcard of Owen Street looking South at Saint Andrew’s Church. 2016-05-23T23:48:07+00:00
Postcard showing an aerial view of City Hall, the Marketplace, the Arch and the Municipal Building. 2016-05-21T20:09:58+00:00
A postcard showing an aerial view of the city West from the Courthouse. 2016-09-05T23:40:25+00:00
Souvenir of Barrie Postcard showing the Government Dock at the foot of Bayfield Street. 2016-09-05T16:32:04+00:00
Postcard showing Burton Avenue Public School. It will later be named King Edward Public School and currently is Unity Christian High School. 2016-09-14T09:50:41+00:00
Postcard looking East down Worsley Street towards Owen Street with homes from the H-Block on the left. 2016-09-05T16:18:47+00:00
Postcard promoting Lovers’ Creek. 2016-09-05T16:18:41+00:00
An Aerial postcard of Barrie’s first Shopping Plaza on Wellington Street featuring Holiday Bowl, Power Foods, Woolworth’s, Go-Cart Track, 4-Bay Car wash and the BP Gas Pavilion. 2016-06-05T18:00:59+00:00
Coloured Postcard of a regatta happening on Kempenfelt Bay in front of the Barrie Train Station. 2016-09-05T16:32:14+00:00
Postcard showing City Hall on Mulcaster Street. 2016-09-06T20:27:32+00:00


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From Barrie with Love Part II: Wartime Letters from a Briton in Barrie

This is the second instalment in a new blog series for the Barrie Historical Archive, courtesy of archive supporter Diana Strachan. Catch the first instalment here. After settling in Barrie with her sister, auntie and uncle, we see a snapshot of 16-year-old Peggy Newman finding her way in a new [...]

From Barrie with Love: Wartime Letters from a Briton in Barrie

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