Bridges As Depicted on Vintage Postcards

High-Level-Bridge,-Edmonton

 Steam train crossing as onlookers leisurely enjoy the vista.  Postmarked 1921. 

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Even with sophisticated modern equipment, bridges are marvels of engineering skill.  Bridges from earlier periods, such as the array of Canadian ones featured on these vintage postcards, built without the benefit of such conveniences and often at the cost of many lives and injuries, are that much more impressive!

Heading into Canada from Detroit.  About 1940s, when cars featured many curves.

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Victoria-Jubilee-Bridge

Love the simplicity of this image and the partial reflection. Postmarked 1906.

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21 responses

  1. I love bridges! On my last trip to Montreal my husband and I spent an evening walking on the Champlain bridge and taking shots of the canal and La Ronde below as evening fell. It was amazing. Great collection of postcards!

  2. Nice to meet someone who appreciates the technological marvel these bridges continue to represent – and a great post too!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I’m looking forward to seeing more from you!

  3. Oh these are lovely! I have to admit my bias though – Your first postcard from Edmonton! That’s “my” bridge – I cross it almost every day – and she is a grand old dame. I think in many ways, the High Level Bridge is a defining image and place/thing for this city. Thanks for sharing it with the world!

    • Sydney, thanks and I’m glad you mentioned that bridge in particular. I chose it as the first image because I feel I should highlight Alberta more than I have and this is part of that. The High Level is a grand bridge! Best, Brett

      • Thanks Brett, she’s got a storied (and not altogether happy) history, but nonetheless – one of the iconic and defining elements of the city. If you haven’t already, take a trip on a vintage streetcar across the High Level! It’s a fantastic view of the city; the (volunteer) Edmonton Radial Railway runs the streetcars from May until October.

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