Nostalgia Kits


Nostalgia kits at Richmond Public Library contain music, films, magazines, books and artifacts from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
Showcasing the gathered reminiscences of Richmond residents, there are 10 subject themed Nostalgia Kits that can be borrowed.

Use the Collection Categories section below to learn more about each kit.

Great for school projects, family gatherings or seniors’ recreational activities.
Take one home today!

Visit the Ask Me desk at the Brighouse (Main) Library, or go to our library catalogue and place a hold for pick up at any of our branches.


Collection Categories

Everyone used a milkman – he would slide up to your gate in an open-sided van and bring bottles of whole milk or milk with cream on top ... Our milkman was always very merry and whistled while he worked.

- Susan Wilkins,
Around the Kitchen Table Memoir

In every Nostalgia Kit there are 10 items ranging from CDs and books to actual artifacts from the past.

There are 4 "Around The Kitchen Table" kits and each kit contains an unique set of items.

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Hairstyles throughout the decades have been the foundation of many vintage look, but the techniques used to create them, once taken for granted, are now fading from modern girls’ repertoires.

- Belinda Hay,
Style Me Vintage

In every Nostalgia Kit there are 10 items ranging from CDs and books to actual artifacts from the past.

There are 4 "Fashion" kits and each kit contains an unique set of items.

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Arriving in the United States from Holland a few years after the Second World War, I was first introduced to ‘penny candy’ by our neighbour’s daughter who was my age.

- Sweet Memories,
Marion Cassirer

In every Nostalgia Kit there are 10 items ranging from CDs and books to actual artifacts from the past.

There are 4 "Good Times" kits and each kit contains an unique set of items.

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This is an account written from meories I have cherished for over seventy years. There may be a few errors or omissions for which I apologize. My childhood in Buckhurst Hill…

- Denny Lalonde,
Buckhurst Hill, My Childhood Home

In every Nostalgia Kit there are 10 items ranging from CDs and books to actual artifacts from the past.

There are 4 "Home & the Neighbourhood" kits and each kit contains an unique set of items.

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I always had cats in my life in the city but had never met a cat like Pekoe. She was fiercely independent, tough in body and mind, a real loner and wouldn’t stand any nonsense from man or beast.

- Nadine Jones,
Four Great “F” Words: Fur, Feathers, Fish & Fun

In every Nostalgia Kit there are 10 items ranging from CDs and books to actual artifacts from the past.

There are 4 "Pets" kits and each kit contains an unique set of items.

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We called them trams. In any case you caught the tram from an old wooden building on the south side of Davie Street between Richards and Seymour.

- Jim Mattison,
Reminiscing Letters

In every Nostalgia Kit there are 10 items ranging from CDs and books to actual artifacts from the past.

There are 4 "Planes, Trains & Automobile" kits and each kit contains an unique set of items.

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A companion to school work and out-of-school interest for all young people who wish to know more

- Odhams Press Limited,
The modern Encyclopedia for children

In every Nostalgia Kit there are 10 items ranging from CDs and books to actual artifacts from the past.

There are 4 "School Days" kits and each kit contains an unique set of items.

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In curling, gratification and devastation both come instantly and are shared in equal measure by each member of the team.

- Scott Russell,
Open House: Canada and the magic of Curling

In every Nostalgia Kit there are 10 items ranging from CDs and books to actual artifacts from the past.

There are 4 "Sports" kits and each kit contains an unique set of items.

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The first time I found myself at the gate of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio it was 1950.

- Debbie Reynolds,
MGM Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot

In every Nostalgia Kit there are 10 items ranging from CDs and books to actual artifacts from the past.

There are 4 "Stars of Stage, Screen, Radio & TV" kits and each kit contains an unique set of items.

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It wasn’t that different from any other Christmas except that the church bells didn’t ring during wartime… if church bells did ring in those dark days, it was signaling an Invasion by the Enemy.

- M. Denny Lalonde,
Wartime Christmas

In every Nostalgia Kit there are 10 items ranging from CDs and books to actual artifacts from the past.

There are 4 "The War Years" kits and each kit contains an unique set of items.

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