The Andrew R. Cobb Postcard Collection

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1. Abbeville, Albi, Anet, Angouleme

2. Amboise, Arras

3. Anvers

4. Arches

5. Assisi

6. Azay Le Rideau

7. Bakewell - Haddon Hall

8. Banbury - Compton Wynyates

9. Bayonne, Beauvais, Blois, Bourges

10. Bologne

11. Brickwork

12. Brussels, Bruges, Bordeaux

13. Capitals

14. Cambridge

15. Cloisters, Courts, Galleries - Wells

16. Cathedrals (French Renaissance)

17. Cathedrals, Churches (French Gothic)

18. Churches (French Modern, Romanesque)

19. Chapels (French)

20. Church - Arles

21. Cathedral - Rouen (Details)

22. Cathedral - Notre Dame (Interiors, Exteriors)

23. Cathedral - Notre Dame (Details)

24. Cathedral - Notre Dame (Gargouilles, Chimeres)

25. Chapel - St. Chappelle, Paris

26. Chapel - St. Chapelle (Details)

27. Churches, Chapels (Interiors) - France

28. Church Altars, Baptisteries, Pulpits

29. Churches (Details, Figures, Carving)

30. [Missing]

31. Churches, Cathedrals - England

32. Churches, Cathedrals (Interiors) - England

33. Cathedrals - Ely, Lincoln

34. Cathedral - Peterborough

35. Cathedrals, Churches - Italy, Belgium

36. Churches, Cathedrals (Interiors) - Italy, Belgium

37. Cathedral - Milan

38. Cathedrals, Churches (Exteriors) - Rome

39. Cathedrals, Churches (Interiors) - Rome

40. Cathedral, Assisi

41. Ceilings (Beamed, Panelled, Trussed)

42. Ceilings (Gothic, Vaulted)

43. Ceilings (Overall Treatment)

44. Chenonceaux

45. Cheverny

46. Chambord

47. Chantilly (Exterior)

48. Chantilly (Interiors)

49. Chateaus (Exteriors) - France

50. Chateaus (Interiors)

51. Clocks, Columns

52. Cluny, Musee de

53. [Missing]

54. [Missing]

55. [Missing]

56. Color (Foliage)

57. Coloured Glass Patterns

58. Compiegne (Exteriors)

59. Compiegne (Interiors)

60. Cupolas, Lanterns

61. Details (see Orvieto and Perugia)

62. Details (Marble - see Orvieto)

63. Details - Bologna

64. Domes, Temples

65. Doors (Interiors and Details)

66. Entrances (Arched) - France

67. Entrances (Lintel or Flat Arch) - France

68. Entrances (Gothic) - France

69. England (Mixed)

70. Entrances (Inspiration)

71. Entrances, Musee de Sculpture Comparee

72. Entrances (XII and XIII Centuries) - France

73. Entrances - Italy, Belgium

74. Exhibitions, Expositions

75. Fireplaces

76. Florence/Firenze (Exteriors)

77. Fountainbleau

78. Fountainbleau (Interiors)

79. Fountains - Italy

80. Fountains - France

81. Fountains - Against Buildings

82. Fountains - Versailles

83. Fountain de Medicis

84. Furniture

85. Gand

86. Gardens - Rome, Italy

87. Gates

88. Gates (Multiple Openings)

89. Half Timber Work - Chester

90. Half Timber Work

91. Hotel des Invalides

92. [Missing]

93. [Missing]

94. [Missing]

95. [Missing]

96. [Missing]

97. [Missing]

98. [Missing]

99. [Missing]

100. [Missing]

101. [Missing]

102. [Missing]

103. [Missing]

104. Mosaics

105. Musee de Sculpture Comparee (Various)

106. Musee de Sculpture Comparee (Sculpture)

107. [Missing]

108. Orvieto

109. [Missing]

110. [Missing]

111. Paintings (Sistine Chapel) - Italy

112. Paintings (Raphael's Stanza) - Castle St. Angelo

113. Paintings - Italy

114. Paintings (Raphael's Loggia) - Italy

115. Paris (Mixed)

116. Parks, Gardens, Views, Squares

117. Perugia (Details)

118. Paintings (Bayeux Tapestry) - Belgium

119. [Missing]

120. [Missing]

121. [Missing]

122. Places des Vosges - Musee Carnavalet

123. [Missing]

124. Ponte Alexandre III (Sculpture)

124A. Public Buildings (Courts)

125. Public Buildings (Interiors)

126. Public Buildings (Large)

127. Public Buildings (Overall Treatment)

128. Public Buildings (Semi-Monumental)

129. Public Buildings (Multiple Entrances)

130. Ravenna

131. Rome (Palace Exteriors)

132. Rome (Mixed)

133. Rome (Forum, Palantine and Colosseum)

134. St. Gotthard

135. Schools

136. Sculpture (Panels)

137. Sculpture (Single Figures) - Italy

138. Sculpture (Groups) - Italy

139. Sculpture (Single Figures) - France

140. Sculpture (Groups) - France

141. Sculpture (Animals)

141. Siena (Interiors and Details)

143. Siene (Exteriors)

144. Stairs

145. Theatres (Exteriors)

146. Theatres (Interiors)

147. Tombs

148. Toulouse

149. Towers and Spires

150. [Missing]

151. Trocadero and Eiffel Tower

152. Vases

153. Venice

154. Verona

155. Versailles (Exteriors)

156. Versailles (Interiors)

157. Versailles, Grand Trianon (Exteriors)

158. Versailles (Statues)

159. Versailles (Parc and Vases)

160. Versailles, Petit Trianon

161. Versailles, Grand Trianon

162. Viaducts, Bridges

163. Vicenza

164. Villas - Italy

165. Viterbo

166. Windows

167. Wood Carving and Panels (Musee)

168. Wood Carving - Italy, Belgium

169. Wood Carving

999. [Uncategorized]

Image from the cover of Andrew Cobb: Architect and Artist by Janet Kitz. Available at the Sexton Library or from Nimbus Publishing, 2014.

Andrew Randall Cobb, 1876-1943

Andrew Randall Cobb, renowned Canadian architect, was educated at Acadia University, the School of Architecture at MIT, and Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was an influential Canadian architect practicing in the Atlantic region from 1909 until 1943 and was the first Canadian east of Montreal to be elected as a Fellow to the Royal Institute of British Architects.

His accomplishments ranged from private homes to large commercial buildings and even the design of a city, Corner Brook, Newfoundland. In addition to his practice, Cobb taught architecture at the Nova Scotia Technical College (now Dalhousie University), where he used his professional collection of postcards to augment his teaching.

About the Cobb Postcard Collection

During his study and vacations abroad, Cobb collected approximately 4,000 postcards, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The cards depict sites, buildings and architectural details of hundreds of European and English buildings at the turn of the 20th century.

The cards are an invaluable record of period images as many of these buildings have been altered or are no longer in existence.

For example, one segment of the collection presents buildings constructed for international expositions and world fairs. Most of these buildings have been demolished.

A Note on the Organization of the Postcards

The cards are arranged on this website based on Cobb's original organization and groupings. Numbered items that are listed as missing were not present when the collection was discovered.