Author(s): Leo Haks; Colleen Dallimore; Alan Jackson
The aim of this book is to provide an introduction to New Zealand picture postcards beginning in 1897, when the first official postcard was published. The 25-year period that this book covers includes the boon years in New Zealand postcard production, 1903-1910 and World War 1. As a lifelong collector, Leo Haks wondered what visual material would catch his eye when he moved to New Zealand to live with his partner and co-author Colleen Dallimore. Good examples of early New Zealand photographs were hard to find: however, many had been reproduced as postcards. This book is the result of collecting postcards through eight years of buying postcards in second-hand shops, from dealers and on-line.
LEO HAKS always liked to find things and discover their place in history. He has been collecting items of artistic and cultural significance all of his life, particularly items for which there was little professional or even general interest. He has published books relating to several of these collections, including one on early Indonesian postcards which preceded and provided the stimulus for this book. After making his home in New Zealand with co-author, Colleen Dallimore in 2008, Haks began collecting early New Zealand postcards and the resulting comprehensive collection, supported by images from other collectors, deserves to be documented and shared. COLLEEN NEWTON DALLIMORE was raised in the hills of Banks Peninsula, a fifth-generation descendant of French settlers at Akaroa and great-granddaughter of an English immigrant photographer who exhibited in the 1906 Christchurch Exhibition. After graduating in Fine Arts from Canterbury University, Colleen pursued a teaching career in Art and Art History and remains a practising artist with a special interest in photography. She and her partner Leo Haks continue to explore what constitutes our New Zealand identity. ALAN JACKSON has been an inveterate collector since childhood. As a boy, he began collecting postage stamps, and when his interest in these waned, the collecting bug persisted. He has since formed extensive collections of ephemera, all connected in some way with the post: New Zealand and other postal markings, pictorial postcards, Cinderella stamps of the world, especially those relating to World War I. He has also written extensively on these subjects.