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North Coast & Central BC Postcard Collection
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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”.

Dock & Shore at Port Essington, BC

View of dock full of rows of nets and a few workers. Sail boats are anchored near the dock and there are rows of bunkhouses in the mid ground, trees in the background. Handwritten annotation in pencil on recto reads: “Port Essington B. C.”

Houses on Peninsula at Port Essington, BC

View of peninsula with houses and trees. Dock in mid ground, trees and grasses in foreground. Recto stamped “Port Simpson DE 17" and "Port Essington DE 18". Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "W. J. O'Neill Esq. Telegraph Point Via Pt. Essington B.C. Don't you think this pretty [Weggs & Mr. Byron?] was over last night - said he saw you and [Halie?]. Yours - BaBa".

View of Port Essington, BC from Water

Photograph depicts shore and village with a treed hill in the background. Water and boats in foreground. Handwritten annotation in ink on verso of photograph: "Port Simpson B.C.". Semi-legible annotation on recto notes the postcard was addressed to London, England.

View of Port Simpson, BC from Water

View of pier, cluster of houses and trees with snow topped mountains in background. Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Hospital” with an arrow pointing to the building. Postage cancelation stamp on verso reads: "PORT ESSINGTON B.C. JUL 7 07". Handwritten annotation on recto reads: “PORT SIMPSON. Mrs. Noble Port Essington B. C. Hope you are feeling better. I am doing splendidly have not felt so well for years. Dr. advises me to stay at least another month A.W.B.”

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".

Construction of Tent Church in Caledonia

Photo of 2 men working with hand tools. Printed captions on verso read: "S.P.G. Missionary Post Card - No. 14.", "ERECTING A TENT CHURCH IN CALEDONIA.", "THE S.P.G. supports work in many of the dioceses of N.-W. Canada. The diocese of Caladonia was formed in 1879". Handwritten annotations in pencil on recto read: “PRINCE RUPERT AREA B.C.”, “The Rev S.B. Priston, Farm Cottage Farm lane, Fulham. Thankyou so very much for all you did last night. I am so sorry I did not see you after it was all over to thank you. R.A.[?] You never came to eat the [?] there are heaps.” Half pence postage stamp on recto is canceled with ink stamp reading "DE 7 04".

Elks Flag Day, McBride, BC

Photograph of several vehicles parked along a road. A large crowd is visible gathering in the background. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Elks Flag Day, McBride, B.C." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Jan. 5th 1945. Dear Dad, Am working in a lumber camp, advised by Prof. Johnson and Prof Casey. Altitude about 2,300. Think I will like it, if they don't make me work to[sic] heavy. the Climate and the grub is swell. Otherwise not so hot. Bye for now. Love Will." Postcard is addressed: "To: Mr. A.W. Hockin Big Valley, Alberta. From. W. Hockin c/o E.U. Lamming McBride, B.C."

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."

Front Street, Quesnel, BC

Street view photograph taken at the intersection of Front Street and Carson Avenue. Several men are gathered at Cowan's Hardware store on the corner. Also visible in this photograph is the Cariboo Hotel (visible furthest to the left), and the British American Hotel which is partially visible behind the J.A. Fraser store. Printed annotation on recto reads: "On Front Street, Quesnel, B.C."

Chopping fire wood near Ft. Simpson

Photograph of a person chopping down firewood in a forest. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Chopping Fire-Wood, near Fort Simpson, 1118." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "55 Avenell Road, N. 29-2-'08 I wanted to write you a letter, but have had suck a lot to do, I find there isn't time before Prayer meeting; and as I haven't been able to go to P.M. for the last three weeks, I am sure you won't mind just for this once. Here is a p.c. of Canada which I promised you; don't you think it is pretty? Things are going on pretty well now; mother is better & Daisy- well, I never saw SO much improvement in anyone in one short week. As much love as if this were the longest letter I have ever written you, from Effie." Postcard is addressed to: "Mis J.G. Grafton "Belmont" Tividale Road, Tipton, Staffs." Verso is affixed with a British halfpenny green stamp and canceled with a postmark that reads: "Highbury S.O. 915 PM Fe 29 08."

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."

Eagle Lake Spruce Mills, Giscome, BC

Photograph of a team of horses pulling a large load of logs. Several men are posed around the sleigh. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Eagle Lake Spruce Mills, Giscome, B.C." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "4/ This is them after loading. You will observes that this four horse team has two loads, each sleigh has 14 ft banks[??] and is loaded with about 5 thousand feet of logs. In one camp they have a cattepillar[sic] tractor that takes as high as eight sleighs from the bush to the loading [??]. Will try and get you a picture for you. Elizabeth has has very poor health since last March. May have to change residences befor[sic] long very poor doctor here."

Hagwilget Village

Photograph of the dirt road leading to Hagwilget Village. Residential buildings and a church are visible in the background. Printed annotation on recto reads: "W.W.W. Hagwilget Village."

View of Fort George, B.C. from Above

Lofty view of South Fort George, river and treed hills in the background. Printed annotation on verso reads: “South Fort George - 1913.” Handwritten message on recto is addressed to “Ethel M. Heurris Norton Maps Bristol County" reads: "11-1-13 an excellent view of south Fort George taken recently. Power Station at cross near water. This does not give all the south residence view. Population approx 1500”.

Government Buildings, Fort George, BC

Photo of buildings behind street, fenced on either side. Man and horse can be seen on street. Printed annotation on verso reads: “The Government buildings Fort George B. C.” Handwritten annotation on recto reads: “This is the place I receive my patent from next June.”

Central Avenue, Fort George, BC

Printed annotation on recto reads: “Central Avenue Fort George B.C. Copyright Canada June 25th 1913”. Handwritten annotation in ink on recto reads: “Hotel Fort George; Pool room; Men’s furnishing; General store; Bank Vancouver; Telephone office; Temperance House; Trust-company; Grand stand & fair grounds; Hospital; Ware house and general store.” Cancelled 1 cent Canadian stamp on verso is dated: "Fort George BC Jul 14 13". Handwritten message in ink on verso is addressed to Mr. Chas H Wilson 94 Gould St Toronto: "Fort George. B.C> Box 65, July 13/ 13. Dear Father, This is a 'bird's eye view' of our main street - ha! ha! some class alright. We live right behind the bakery lunch room on the right hand side of the picture, on 1st avenue, some people eh? Will be moving to Cassiar Ave soon. How are all the folks. Mae is writing. Peace. M."

Hamilton Avenue, South Fort George, BC

Street scene showing people, dog, team of horses & wagon. Signage reads: “Beds; Mecca Café; Hardware.” Printed annotation on recto reads: “Hamilton Avenue, South Fort George, B. C. No. 110.” Verso displays cancelled 1 cent Canadian Postage Stamp and handwritten message in ink is addressed to Mr. Eathan Villard Burt Mish, U.S.A.

View of Prince George, BC from Above

Boardwalk in foreground, buildings and roads in mid ground, cut banks in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Prince George. B.C. 1921 by Moore”. Handwritten annotation in ink on verso reads: “The Netchaco river is between the mountain and the city and the C.N.R. runs along the river bank nearest the city. This picture is taken looking north.”

Street in Prince George, BC

Street scene in Prince George B.C. Several Union Jack flags are visible and there is a celebration banner at the end of the street. Long shadows in photo indicate summer (perhaps Dominion Day?). River in foreground, railroad and city in mid ground and hill in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Prince George. B.C.”

George Street in Prince George, BC, 1921

Photograph of George Street in Prince George B.C. Cars, people, and signage are visible. Printed annotation on recto reads: “George St. Prince George B.C. 1921 R7 by Moore” There is an “X” in ink over the fire hall. Handwritten annotation in ink on verso reads: “This view is also looking north and where I have put the X is the one and only fire hall and you can see the fire engine in the street. This is the main street.”
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