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Featured Pieces: Picturesque Postcards

Postcard showing the opening of Lovers Creek into Kempenfelt Bay (a). 2017-03-29T00:43:42+00:00
A postcard showing the Rotary Fountain at Centennial Park. 2016-06-12T03:23:25+00:00
Postcard showing Dunlop Street East from Five Points. 2016-09-05T16:31:53+00:00
Postcard showing Dunlop Street West at the corner of Owen Street. 2016-09-06T18:30:21+00:00
Postcard looking above Collier and Worsley Streets. 2016-09-05T16:18:48+00:00
Postcard showing pine trees that line Highway 11 South near Mapleview Drive. 2016-09-06T17:49:05+00:00
The Cenotaph with the Post Office to the left and the Barrie Train Station directly behind it. 2016-04-21T09:23:29+00:00
Postcard showing a regatta happening on the lakefront. 2016-09-05T16:32:16+00:00
Postcard showing Royal Victoria Hospital on Ross Street. 2016-09-05T16:31:53+00:00
Souvenir of Barrie Postcard showing the Government Dock at the foot of Bayfield Street. 2016-09-05T16:32:04+00:00
Souvenir of Barrie Postcard Collection showing the waterfront beach South of downtown. 2016-09-05T16:32:13+00:00
Postcard showing City Hall on Mulcaster Street. 2016-09-06T20:27:32+00:00


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