The Good Old Days: Rural Life in Vintage Postcards

Hay Making, Nova Scotia (about 1960)


Out in the country people work hard, and back in the proverbial good old days they worked even harder.  Whether on a farm, a fishing village or in the forest, rural folk have always had to put their bodies and souls into their labors to eke out a living.

As these vintage postcards from the eastern parts of Canada attest they at least did so amidst beautiful settings.

River Saguenay at Chicoutimi, Quebec (about 1940)



Ox Cart, Rural Quebec (about 1940)


Spinning in Rural Quebec (1950)


Back of Spinning in Rural Quebec (1950):   “Dear Ma – That’s you and me working. Lots of little farms and little houses here. Horses do most of the work. Farms are very small. In winter the men work in the lumber business, in summer farming. Women do fancy work in winter to sell it in the summer. Love Helen”



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37 responses

  1. I love old postcards, especially ones with messages on the back. When I travel in the summer, I make a point of sending my students postcards – because only a very few ever receive mail.

    The kitchen one is especially interesting. I’ve never seen a stove like that one, with the double-doored oven ABOVE the firebox.

    Thanks for sharing these!


  2. My mom saved many post cards with the same colorations. That was the popular way to communicate in that era. We don’t remember the think paper used when sending a letter via “air mail” and how much cheaper it was to send a post card. But I, too, love the nostalgia it brings to us.

  3. Hi Brett,
    Great article. Thanks so much for sharing. I have a unique postcard collection as well. Some of mine are up on my website. Musette Owner of

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  5. I love vintage postcards and think these are beautiful pieces of history, Brett. They depict everyday life but we have so few examples of this captured in pictures.
    More common are dressed up portraits. Smiles, Robin 💮

  6. These are lovely. One of my favorite things to do when perusing antique stores is to find the photos and post cards section. I could peruse through them for hours.

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