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North Coast & Central BC Postcard Collection Community Life
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Campbell's All Cash Store, Prince George, BC

Street view photograph of a commercial section in downtown Prince George with several "Campbell's" delivery carts parked along the road. Visible establishments include "Campbell's All Cash Store" and "Club Cafe." Handwritten annotation in blue ballpoint pen on recto reads: "Howdy from Prince George! Going easy with all these kids- good to see Kathee. Snow here. Have fun at the sports show & don't over do it. Thinking of you guys, love Judy and Vic. P.S. Can't wait to go home to somewhere peaceful and quiet. 2-27-83." Postcard is addressed to: "Mr. & Mrs. Hauffer 8429-221 PL. Sn. Edmonds, WA. U.S. 98020." Verso is affixed with four Canadian 8-cent stamps.

Dominion Day Parade in Prince Rupert, BC

Crowd is gathered for Dominion Day Parade. Decorated float can be seen in centre of street, and Hotel Prince Rupert stands in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Dominion Day Prince Rupert 1914 Photo W.W.W.” Handwritten message in ink on verso is addressed to “Mr. S. Smart 2550 Blackwood St Victoria B.C.”

Sixth Street, Prince Rupert BC

Street view of Sixth Street in Prince Rupert BC. A small group of men is shown loitering on the sidewalk. Annotation on recto reads: "Sixth St. Prince Rupert BC." Handwritten annotation on recto is heavily obscured by glued on paper and reads: "Prince Rupert [illegible] 12th 12 Dean Harry! [Illegible] lived here last night after [illegible] pleasent[sic] trip. What do you think of this city since you saw it last. Saw George before I left Vancouver, he looks still the same. Kindest regards to you & wife. Nib [??]." Postcard is addressed to: "Mr H Banker 2732 Arch Ave West Seattle Wash USA." Postcard is affixed with a one cent Canadian stamp. Postmark reads: "Prince Rupert BC PM 2 1 JUN 12."

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.

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."

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."

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.”

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".

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”

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".

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.”

Postcard Photos of Prince Rupert BC

File contains postcards portraying life in Prince Rupert, B.C. Images depict harbour scenes, street scenes (Third Avenue, Sixth Street, Central Street, and Mainstreet), airplanes, large ships, fisheries, city aerials, parades, military, a dog sled mail team, and a frozen fishing boat.

Third Avenue, Prince Rupert, BC

Typed annotation in red ink on recto reads: “3rd Ave. Prince Rupert. B.C.” People, boardwalks, horse & wagons and store signs are visible. Rubble and unknown material lies on ground between boardwalks. Typed annotation in red ink on recto reads: “3rd Ave. Prince Rupert. B.C.”

Horses Pulling Wagon in Dominion Day Parade, Prince Rupert, BC

Photograph depicts a team of Clydesdale horses pulling a decorated wagon. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Dominion Day Prince Rupert BC 1914” Handwritten annotation in pencil on verso reads: “1914 Dominion Day Prince Rupert.” Handwritten annotation in ink on verso is addressed to “Mrs. Herbert Hampton New Harvey House Niagara Falls New York” Cancelation mark on Canadian 1 cent stamp is dated: July 22, 14

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.”

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".

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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