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Postcards from the Edge of the City

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
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Step Back in Time
Postcards were once the mainstay of a trip away. The careful selection to send to all those back home. Even if you often arrived home before the postcards did. Some of us still like the ritual of writing words to loved ones, finding stamps and post offices in strange lands. But technology now allows us to send and stay in face time with others at the click of a button.

Vintage postcard
Vintage postcard


A new exhbition celebrates when postcards were a new form of communication. Between 1901 and 1914 postcards were the new, speedy and efficient mode of communication. Postcards went on from here to go from strength to strength with billions sent through post offices worldwide. In this exhibition hundreds of Edwardian Era postcards from the Adelaide Botanic Gardens showcase a time of leisure and affluence.

Adelaide Botanical Gardens
Adelaide Botanical Gardens


It is a walk back through 100 years to a different time. These postcards present a historical snapshot of the Botanical gardens. Another important element is the handwritten messages that glimpse everyday life 100 years ago.

Santos Museum of Economic Botany.
Santos Museum of Economic Botany.


The exhibtion is entitled 'Postcards from the Edge of the City'. Admission is free. The exhibition is aptly on show in the historic charm of the Santos Museum of Economic Botany, within the Botanical Gardens. This building takes a while to show its full potential. The old wooden display benches and dark wood walls give out an atmosphere that seems archaic. But history has been preserved and the building given new opportunities with fresh exhibitions.

Santos Museum of Economic Botany.
Santos Museum of Economic Botany.


Postcards from the Edge of the City is accompanied by a book, Out of the Past which acts as a catalogue for the exhibition presenting each postcard, back and front.

Vintage postcards
Vintage postcards


Many people have recollections of events and gatherings in the gardens. For more than 150 years the gardens have enriched the lives of South Australians. As an added bonus the visitor is led through the glades of the gardens to reach the Museum of Economic Botany. A great chance to rest in this garden oasis and reflect on times past.

Adelaide Botanical Gardens
Adelaide Botanical Gardens


The exhibtion will run from the 9th of December 2014 until the 26th of April 2015.
Open daily 10:00am 4:00pm.

Inside the Santos Museum of Economic Botany.
Inside the Santos Museum of Economic Botany.


Out of the Past can be purchased from The Diggers Shop in Adelaide Botanic Garden.
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Why? Step Back in Time
When: 9th of December 2014 until the 26th of April 2015
Where: Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Cost: Free
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Nice free find, Jenny. We'll have to check this out for sure. The old postcards would be sure to have an interesting tale or two!
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