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.
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.
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.
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.
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.