Wish You Were Here

Curated by Roedde House Museum & Harper Wellman

June 24 – September 30, 2021

poster WYWH

This exhibition celebrates print culture and the postcard as a visual and textual mode of communications in the previous centuries, and also connects to current conditions of distancing, restricted wanderlust, and correspondence. It is a medium of many intrigues: a window to a foreign world, a message laid bare for both the recipient and the mail carrier, a souvenir to be collected.

The exhibition was made possible with participation from fellow BC museums including:

Bulkley Valley Museum
Chase & District Museum & Archives
Cortes Island Museum & Archives
Denman Island Museum & Archives
Gabriola Museum
Museum of Vancouver
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
Penticton Museum & Archives
Point Ellice House
Port Moody Station Museum

Quesnel & District Museum and Archives
SFU Rare Book Library

A number of private collectors also contributed postcards to the exhibition.

Postcards displayed in the exhibit date from 1880-1930. All were collected, acquired, or circulated within Canada. Not only is the form and style of the postcard of interest, but also the stories they tell of the people who sent, received, and preserved them. All loaned postcards will be displayed for the duration of the exhibit and returned to the owner(s) at the end. The exhibit will run from June to September 2021.


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