This book is the culmination of the coming together of two Hawke's Bay enthusiasts. "Safari", his favourite nom de plume, has been a collector of Hawke's Bay postcards for years and has accumulated a vast collection over a large range of aspects. So when he asked what I thought about the putting together of a book on the subject it really caught my imagination - at the time I did not know that I was intended as the editor! However by the time the first part was ready I was already on board. Our aim was to cover the Bay from the first crude postcards of the early 1900's to modern day. But initially a brief history of the postcard with the first from Austria and then on to the early Postal Stationery cards of New Zealand. Then came the picture postcards starting with Napier, and the Port, then Hastings with Art Deco cards from both cities. The Provinces with Havelock North and towns to the south and then North to Wairoa, Waikaremoana and the Mahia Peninsular. Then events that have made the Province with the mourning of Kings, Napier's Mardi Gras, the A&P show and the Hastings Blossom Festival among others. Advertising cards both old and new and recreational activities in the early 1900's. Disasters both natural and man made. Comic cards covering the province and a section on greetings cards. Contributions by other enthusiasts and collectors include "Clive" by Craig McErlich. "The Port of Wairoa" by Geoff Potts, "Napier City through the eyes of Charles and Percy Sorrell" by Sarah Semple. "The Taupo Road" by Tony Jones. "Hawke's Bay Railways" by Jan Price and "Hawke's Bay Earthquake - Buildings Destroyed" by courtesy of the Hastings Library Archive collection. To complete the Hawke's Bay input the book has also been printed in Hawke's Bay.