This posting introduces two new developments related to the site. Although they may not be of interest to all readers they are, if you will, optional extras presented at no cost.
- Faithful readers may have noted that I have made a great deal of use of postcards to illustrate blog postings. However my interest in postcards has moved beyond cards related to the harbour and strait and I have begun an entirely new site devoted to postings about the cards themselves and the stories they tell. The site will focus on the early cards of Prince Edward Island, that is to say, cards before about 1920. This was known as the “golden age” of postcards and there are hundreds of cards depicting the province for those years. In addition to Prince Edward Island being the subject of cards a number of individuals and businesses in the province were engaged in the creation and publishing of cards. The blog postings will explore all aspects of postcard history and I welcome comments and information which can add to our collective knowledge of this area. The new site is called “Straitpost” and can be accessed by clicking on this link: Straitpost
- While producing short illustrated postings about Charlottetown Harbour and Northumberland Strait (and sundry related topics) is the primary purpose of Sailstrait sometimes these topics flow from, or lead to, more detailed research. Time spent in the archives must never be wasted. These research papers expand on the subjects and provide footnotes for further exploration of the history that has particularly caught my interest but has not been previously researched. They will form a page within Sailstrait devoted to what might be called “Occasional Papers in P.E.I. History” As draft papers they are perhaps not ready for prime time and I welcome comments or additional information which would contribute to their improvement. The papers can be accessed by clicking on the “Detailed research documents” tab in the top of the Sailstrait menu or directly by clicking on this link” Detailed research documents
I will, of course, be continuing to write about the many “MBIs” (miscellaneous bits of information) which capture my imagination and which I hope will capture yours.