Native Pottery This Post Card shows Yabba and cooling jars which were exclusively introduced or made by our native West African potters during the 17th century. They reflect the specialised skills of enslaved and free Jamaicans who worked in several crafts, using local red clay to make pottery. Yabba and cooling jars were usually hand- made and baked in the sun to dry. Displays like these are to be found in the markets and side streets of Kingston. Photograph taken by Duncan Keith Corinaldi, Kingston Jamaica Circa de 1940.

Boston Beach, Jamaica

This Post Card features Boston Beach located in Portland in the early to mid 20th century. Boston Beach is one of the most popular tourist resorts in the island which affords magnificent surf bathing to locals and foreign visitors . This card shows one of the many local attractions of Jamaica’s white sandy beaches that the island has to offer. Photograph taken by Duncan Keith Corinaldi, Kingston, Jamaica Circa de 1940.

Coconut Tree and Fruit

This Post Card features the coconut tree which was introduced to the island by the Spaniards in the 16th century. Otherwise called by its scientific name; “Cocosnucifera”, this very tall tree has always been an inviting symbol of Jamaica. The coconut plant is one of the most valuable plants to man.

It is known to be a primary source for food, drink and shelter. The coconut tree is called ‘The Tree of Life’ by many Jamaicans owing to the many uses it can be put to. This Post Card was published by Duperly & Son, Kingston Jamaica. It was sent from to a correspondent in Jamaica on January 14, 1929 as the stamp date indicates.

Jubilee Market, Kingston
Post card showing a 1920’s view of Orange Street at Victoria Garden also known as the ‘Parade’ and today called the William Grant Park. The Jubilee Market was opposite the North West corner of Victoria Garden.

Post cards like these show the way in which many Jamaicans travelled using the horse car system which was inaugurated by the Jamaica Street Car Company in Kingston on November 13, 1876. Trams also did a good business in transporting produce from the rural areas to the city’s market. The lively city and its surrounding areas enjoyed an extensive tramline network in the good ‘ole’ days. This Post Card was published by the Educational Supply Company.

Banana Blossoms and Fruit                                                            

 A Post Card showing a beautiful picture of the exotic green banana tree. Green Bananas were brought to Jamaica by the Spaniards in the 17th century. Green bananas are mostly used as a staple as part of many Jamaican meals. This Post Card was published by A. Duperly & Son and it is was dated on December 12, 1921 by the sender.

Hope Botanical Gardens
This Post Card shows a view of the Hope Botanical Gardens which was once a prosperous sugar estate in the 18th century, named after an English coloniser, Major Richard Hope.

Today, the garden is the home of a collection of internationally known exotic flowers and plants featuring orchids, forest trees and palms and a small zoo displaying some of Jamaica’s endemic animals. Hope Gardens is also the home of Jamaica’s most popular collection of endemic and exotic botanical collections. Band concerts as well as children’s activities are held there regularly. This Post Card was distributed by the Novelty Trading Company Limited.
Greetings from Jamaica King Street Kingston

This Vintage Colour Picture Post  Card shows a street scene of Kingston, Vintage Motor Car, Standard Café, The London Store,and other shopfronts. This was distributed by Jamaica Views and Post Cards Supplies, Kingston, Jamaica.

Rosselle Falls
Rosselle Falls is situated in the parish of St. Thomas. Driving into Morant Bay along the coast you may be able to take a splash of the Rosselle Water Falls. This waterfall pumps thousands of gallons of water into the sea on a consistent basis; tumbling water from the falls, provides a nerve-calming, soothing bath. This photograph was taken by Duncan Keith Corinaldi, Kingston, Jamaica circa de 1940’s.

Emancipation Post Card

This is  an Emancipation greeting card celebrating Emancipation Day August 1st 1997. This was published by the Institute of Jamaica and Printed by Jemar Co. Limited.

 

Traveller’s Palm

This Post Card shows a travellers palm found on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens in Kingston. The name Traveller’s tree derives its name from the fact that it collects and holds rain water in its leaf folds and flower bracts. The water inside can be ingested, hence thirsty travellers sought after this tree to collect water for refreshment. This card was published by A. Duperly & Son, Kingston Jamaica.

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