Physical description

Page 3 of Ray Pearson's Photo Album.
Brown card page with two metallic look postcards (landscape format) placed on page using clear plastic photo corners.
Both postcard images depict trams in Ballarat.
The bottom postcard has come loose of two of it's photo corners (top and bottom on the right) and is not secure on the page.
A hand written inscription is written in pencil behind the bottom photograph.

Inscriptions & markings

Hand written inscription in pencil behind postcard at base of page:

Printed text to left of image on bottom postcard:
BALLARAT TRAMS / 1887 to 1971 / A series of four postcards. / NO. 3 LATER ELECTRIC TRAM SYSTEM / In 1934 the State Electricity / Commission took over the Bal- / larat trams from the Electric / Supply Company of Victoria. / During 1935-37 the whole sys- / tem was reconditioned by the / Commission. / For the Coronation of King / George VI, No. 28 was decor- / ated for the occasion. It ran / for three days – 12th, 13th / and 14th May, 1937, and was / painted red and cream. / During the Coronation cele- / brations of Queen Elizabeth II, / the trams carried two flags / mounted vertically fore and aft / on the roof. / Some huge loads were / carried during the second / World War period and owing / to man power shortages, con- / doctresses were employed / from September, 1942 to July, 1946. At one time, the total / reached 23.

Printed text to back of bottom postcard:
BALLARAT TRAMS / 1887 to 1971 / A series of four postcards. / In the early fifties, loading / on the trams was heavy. When / the lag in housing was over- / taken, however, breadwinners / started to leave the trams and / travel to work in cars. Increas- / ing affluence in the sixties ac- / centuated the trend. Soon the / trams were running with mount- / ing annual losses. Most of the / passengers travelling in these / times were concession holders: / students, pensioners, deserted / wives and T.P.I.'s

A fine printed vertical line runs down the centre of the blank writing space to the left of the body text. Above is written: