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North Coast & Central BC Postcard Collection
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Early Model Airplane

Photograph of early model airplane displaying logo: “Air Service U.S.A. World Flight”. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Amercian Aviators on World Trip arriving at Prince Rupert. BC April 6th, 24 McRae” Handwritten annotation on verso in pencil reads: “Air Service USA World Flight”

Sixth Street, Prince Rupert, BC

People, boardwalks, and store signs visible in street scene. Printed annotation on recto reads: “6th St. Prince Rupert. B.C.” Handwritten message in ink on verso is addressed to: “Mrs. Loistram Halls Buildings Nicholas St Limerick Ireland”. Verso stamped "PRINCE RUPERT JUN 30 10".

Prince Rupert Fishing Boat After a Storm

Photograph depicts 6 Men on a fishing boat with water in the background. Equipment on the boat is covered with a very thick layer of ice. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Rupert Fishing Boat After Stormy Trip Jan 1916”. Handwritten annotation in pencil on verso reads: “Rupert Fishing Boat , A Stormy Trip”.

Sixth Street, Prince Rupert, BC

Street scene depicts people, boardwalks, and buildings with store signs. Printed annotation on recto reads: “6th St. Prince Rupert. B.C.” Pencil marking on recto reads: “1912”(incorrect?). Handwritten message on verso in ink is addressed to: “Mrs. Willis Messinger Portland Oregon” Cancelation mark on Canadian 1 cent stamp reads: “Prince Rupert BC MR 11, 12”

Herring Fishing in Prince Rupert Harbour, BC

View of fish boat in water, with net spread and smaller boat on opposing side of net. Several gulls can be seen flying in the air. Rail cars town and treed hills in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Herring Fishing In Prince Rupert Harbour McRae Bros.” Handwritten message in ink on verso is addressed to “Mr. H. Smart 2550 Blackwood St. Victoria B.C.”

Two Men with Wheelbarrows: First Transfer Company in Prince Rupert, BC

Two men standing beside wheelbarrows with signs that read: “Prince Rupert Transfer Co.” The men appear to be standing on large dock or boardwalk, water and hills in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Prince Rupert First Transfer Company.” Handwritten message in pencil on verso is addressed to “Mr. Gordon Penning 1600 Bld. Barclay Vancouver B.C.” Cancelation date on 1 cent Canadian Stamp is dated “Prince Rupert B.C. July 16, 09”.

Delivery vehicles on Third Avenue in Prince Rupert

Street view of Third Avenue in Prince Rupert. One horse drawn delivery cart and one delivery car are parked on the street. Printed annotation on recto reads: "3rd Ave. Prince Rupert. B.C." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Book & parcel find[??] received, love & many thanks, u.w. as you know, just what I needed. [Illegible] R.W." Postcard is addressed to: "Mrs. J.W. Cawfsious [??] 1136 Barclay St. Vancouver B.C." Verso is affixed with a 2 cent Canadian Stamp, and is postmarked: "Prince Rupert B.C. Sep 19 6-PM."

Prince Rupert court house.

Ground level view of the Prince Rupert court house. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Court House." Handwritten annotation on recto in blue ballpoint pen reads: "Prince Rupert BC." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Hi Folks. Guess you've heard the good news by now. Well we've finished our cruises for this year so its home again finally to be with Marge and Janet. Will write shortly. Love Derek." Postcard is addressed to: "Mr & Mrs J.J. Oliver Box 666 Yarmouth N.S." Verso affixed with a three cent Canadian stamp. Postmark on verso reads: "Prince Rupert BC Oct 23 130 PM 1952."

First motor car in Prince Rupert, BC

Photograph of two men in a car driving down a wooden road in Prince Rupert, BC. Printed annotation on recto reads: "First Motor Car in Prince Rupert, B.C., May 1909." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Milwaukee Ore. Nov 7 1913. Dear Friends. Just a line. We are comming[sic] over Sunday if it don't rain to[sic] hard. How is Fredie? Hope he is alright. If you had other plans for Sunday you can phone us. Best regards from us both. Mrs Ed Herry[??]." Postcard is addressed to: "Mrs. J Reichard 3404 34 L. St. Vancouver Wash." Verso is affixed with a one cent American stamp. Postmark reads: "Milwaukee [illegible] Oreg."

The Port Simpson on the Skeena River, Hazelton, BC

Stern wheeler “Port Simpson” tied to riverbank. Printed annotation on recto reads: “On the Skeena river, Hazelton, B.C.” Handwritten message on verso is addressed to “Mrs. Flossie Strong 6 Nah St. Watermill ME, U.S.A” 1 cent Canadian postage stamp has been canceled with a date of “Dec 24, 5:30 PM 1915 Buffalo N.Y.”

North Coast & Central BC Postcard Collection

  • 2011.3
  • Collection
  • 1901 - [ca.1930]

A collection of postcard photographs of Port Essington BC, Port Simpson BC, Atlin, Quesnel, McBride, Hagwilget Village, Giscome, Likely, Kitwanga, Smithers, Prince Rupert BC, Prince (Fort) George BC Images depict street scenes, water scenes, community events, businesses, buildings, and aerials of the towns. Collection also depicts a number of Northern BC paddle wheelers.

Harbour at Port Essington, BC

View of building, dock, harbour and small islands with snow peaked mountains in background. Printed caption on verso reads: “Port Essington B.C. Photo by P. E. Fisher”. Handwritten annotation in ink on verso reads: “up the Skeena”, in pencil on verso: “Port Essington, North Coast Commercial Coy”.

Cropped View of Port Simpson, BC from Water

Pier, house, and tress with snowcapped mountains in background. Image has been cropped to oval shape. Handwritten annotation in pencil on verso reads: “Port Simpson B. C. showing magnificent background in the distance”, on recto: "W. I. O'Neill Es. Aberdeen B.C. Hope you are well my dear D.D. - Have written to K. and are sending you and [?] Boy each a card. [?] will wish to saw we are all ok. Yours, M.", "Yours 10derly". Recto stamped "PORT SIMPSON B.C. MR 14 07".

Carson Avenue, Quesnel, BC

Street view photograph looking down Carson Avenue at the Front St. intersection in Quesnel, BC. Several identified businesses line the gravel avenue on the right; however Cowan's Hardware store is visible at the intersection on the left. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Carson Ave., Quesnel, B.C. 1930 Looking East."

Main Street, Smithers, BC

Street view photograph of buildings along the dirt road of Main Street in Smithers, B.C." Printed annotation on recto reads: "Main St. Smithers B.C." Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: "Town 7 miles from my place."

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