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iN PHOTOS: Vernon man finds piece of history in grandparents photo album

Kalamalka Beach in the 1970s.
Image Credit: Greater Vernon Museum and Archives
May 18, 2020 - 2:30 PM

A Vernon resident has gathered some social media attention after posting a few old-timey Vernon postcards to a well-known Facebook group.

After finding the photos in his grandparents' photo album, Brandon Goodheart posted them to HELL YEAH VERNON!, asking Vernon locals where they thought the photos were originally taken, in hopes to share some positivity.

The post has gathered more than 120 comments and 33 shares as of Thursday afternoon. We looked into them and got some answers from the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives.

"The 'Greetings from Vernon' postcard is from the 1970s. You can see Kal Beach with the parking lot on the top and bottom. The photos look similar (they might even be the exact same shots) to two we have in our database (from the 1970s,)” said Gwyneth Evans, communications officer.

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The second portion of the postcard shows a duck pond with the windmill in Polson Park.

“Again, it looks like one in our database that is also from the 1970s,” she said, adding that she believes it’s the same photo stored at the museum with a slightly different tint.

Goodheart also shared a postcard with a fruit stand, believed to be from the 1960s.

Valley Fruit Stand, which was Western Canada’s largest, located on 43rd Avenue in the 1960s.
Valley Fruit Stand, which was Western Canada’s largest, located on 43rd Avenue in the 1960s.
Image Credit: Greater Vernon Museum and Archives

Valley Fruit Stand, which was once Western Canada’s largest, used to be located on 43 Avenue, Evans said.

"I would think that one would also be from the 1960s because it sounds like the large-scale fruit stands faded in popularity by the 1970s,” she said.

Vernon postcard from the 1970s.
Vernon postcard from the 1970s.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Brandon Goodheart

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