If you happen to be in Sydney Thursday…

Gary Gallivan will present the history of Cape Breton Island through postcards:

A native of Whitney Pier, Gallivan is a life-long collector of postcards. His illustrated talk before the Old Sydney Society will highlight four postcard periods, including “The Golden Era” (1900 to 1914), which featured cards of a high technical quality depicting industrial, disaster, and sports scenes, as well as visits by dignitaries and patriotic events.

Gallivan’s collection includes rare cards featuring the Broughton mine and Dominion Number 2 colliery, the Gisborne Bridge on the Mira River, a fishing camp at Jersey Cove, Robert Perry’s visit to Sydney, the 1913 fire in North Sydney, and Grand Chief Ben Christmas.

His  talk takes place at  7:30 PM, Thursday, February 23, at the Centre for Heritage and Science, 225 George St., Sydney.  (Alas, you will probably be here instead!)