This post was originally published on Oct 27, 2020.
Cold fall air. Howling wind. Crackling leaves on the ground… Halloween spirit is in the air!
Although these images weren’t created to scare, sepia has been generously applied by the passage of time… and they emerge as the perfect backdrop for spooky stories…
Let’s start at the iconic Alberta Legislature Building, which looks like it’s holding a flashlight up to its face.
A short glide away (if you’re a ghost), near the tall, quivering pines, you can gaze upon the North Saskatchewan River by moonlight.
If you veer northward, you’ll come upon Jasper Avenue. As it was known in the early-20th-century, the “Great White Way”.
Another scene set in downtown Edmonton… perhaps this incredible lightning storm could power our own Frankenstein’s Monster? If you’ve ever walked down 104th Street, you may recognize this painted sign…
Had enough of city sights? Let’s take a witch’s broom, and fly over to the Rocky Mountains. This little town was once known as Laggan…
… but you probably know it as Lake Louise. Here, you’ll find a frigid glacial lake, perfect for ghostly reflections on a calm night. Much better than a haunted mirror.
Or maybe it’s sci-fi images from another planet that you want to see? A sky filled with 11 suns is truly terrifying.
Finally, we return to where we first began. You know what’s really scary? Backlighting, when you’re trying to host a video call. Yikes!
Check out the University of Alberta Libraries Historical Postcard Collection for more images like these!