British Columbia in Original Historical Photographs
Part 1 - The Fraser River Canyon, Including the CPR, The Cariboo and Northern British Columbia


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1. BAILEY BROTHERS
[Original Photograph Titled:] X 596. Suspension Bridge near Spuzzum.

Ca. 1890s. Gelatin silver print ca. 19x24 cm (7 ½ x 9 ½ in). Numbered, titled and signed “Bailey Bros. Photo, Vancouver, B.C.” in negative. Recently matted. Very slightly faded, but overall a very good photo.
The photograph depicts the original Alexandra suspension bridge over the Fraser River near Spuzzum, constructed as a part of the Cariboo Wagon Road in 1863. The bridge was seriously damaged in 1896 and dismantled in 1912. The second Alexandra suspension bridge was built on the same spot in 1926; nowadays it serves only pedestrian traffic as a part of the Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park.
Bailey Bros. photography company (ca. 1890-1898) was founded by a famous Vancouver based photographer Charles S. Bailey (1869-1896) and his brother William (1865-ca. 1836), the latter replacing H.G. Neelands in the “Bailey & Neelands” partnership (1889-1890). The company dealt in photography, books and stationary. After his move to Kamloops in 1896 Charles Bailey managed the local branch of Bailey Bros. His early death in 1898 put an end to the enterprise (Camera Workers: The British Columbia, Alaska & Yukon Photographic Directory online, vol. 1).
$375 CAD

 


2. CLARKE, John Henry
[Original Photograph Titled:] 120. Spuzzum Suspension Bridge, Fraser Canyon, Built 1863.

Ca. 1900s. Gelatin silver print ca. 18x23 cm (7x9 in). With the ink stamped title and photographer’s name “J.H. Clarke, Photographer, West Selkirk, Manitoba” on verso. Recently matted. A very good bright photo.
The photograph depicts the original Alexandra suspension bridge over the Fraser River near Spuzzum, constructed as a part of the Cariboo Wagon Road in 1863. The bridge was seriously damaged in 1896 and dismantled in 1912. The second Alexandra suspension bridge was built on the same spot in 1926; nowadays it serves only pedestrian traffic as a part of the Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park.
John Henry Clarke (1860-1923) immigrated to Canada in 1891 and three years later started working as an employee of the “Duffin & Company” photography studio in Winnipeg. “He accompanied a group of Manitobans going to find their fortunes in the Klondike Gold Rush as far as Victoria, BC, returning to Winnipeg afterwards. In 1903, Clarke moved to Selkirk where he appears to have remained for the rest of his photography career” (Manitoba Historical Society online).
$375 CAD

 


3. Apparently, CLARKE, John Henry
[Original Photograph of the Hell’s Gate in the Southern Fraser Canyon].

Ca. 1890s. Gelatin silver print ca. 15x20,5 cm (5 ¾ x 8 in). Mounted on a period paper leaf and titled in ink on the mount “Hell Gate, Fraser Canyon, B.C.” Recently matted. A very good bright photo.
Hells Gate is an abrupt narrowing of the Fraser River, located immediately downstream of Boston Bar in the southern Fraser Canyon. Hells Gate has traditionally been a popular fishing ground for native people; in the late 1850s it became a busy route for gold prospectors moving up the Fraser Canyon and to the Cariboo region. The CPR line was built along the bank at Hell’s Gate in the 1880s.
John Henry Clarke (1860-1923) immigrated to Canada in 1891 and three years later started working as an employee of the “Duffin & Company” photography studio in Winnipeg. “He accompanied a group of Manitobans going to find their fortunes in the Klondike Gold Rush as far as Victoria, BC, returning to Winnipeg afterwards. In 1903, Clarke moved to Selkirk where he appears to have remained for the rest of his photography career” (Manitoba Historical Society online).
$375 CAD

 


4. MAYNARD, Richard
[Collection of Five Original Stereoview Photographs of Fraser Canyon near Yale].

Ca. 1880. Five pairs of albumen prints, each ca. 8x16 cm (3 1/8 x 6 ¼ in). Mounted on original cards with the photographer’s printed copyrights on recto and verso. Later pencil notes on versos. Overall a very good collection.
The photos show: View on the Fraser above Yale, Fraser; Fraser River, 17 ½ mile above Yale; Hell gate, Fraser River; Canyon at Hell’s Gate, Fraser River, B.C.; Fraser River, at Yale.
Yale “was the head of navigation on the Fraser River. Founded in 1848 as a Hudson’s Bay Company fur post, Fort Yale later became a roaring gold-rush town and for 20 years was the starting point of the famous Cariboo Wagon Road. Yale faded with the gold-rush but boomed again in C.P.R. construction days as a wide open western town” (Historic Yale/ Text on the road sign of B.C. Department of Recreation & Conservation).
Richard Maynard (1832-1907), a noted B.C. photographer, opened a photo studio in Victoria in 1862. He took several trips around the Pacific Northwest which resulted in numerous photographs (Barkerville, Vancouver Island, Queen Charlotte Islands, the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea, Alaska, Canadian Rockies); he also prospected gold in the Fraser Canyon during the gold rush of 1858-59, and on the Stikine gold fields in 1862. His wife Hannah was also a photographer and owned “Mrs. Maynards’ Photographic Gallery” in Victoria (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$1125 CAD

 


5. NEELANDS BROTHERS
[Original Photograph of a C.P.R. Working Brigade at a Tunnel’s Entrance near Yale, B.C.].

Ca. 1890s. Albumen print ca. 23,5x18,5 cm (9 ¼ x 7 ¼ in). Titled and signed “Neelands Bros., Nelson” in negative, title faded. Recently matted. Image slightly faded, but overall a very good photo.
Yale “was the head of navigation on the Fraser River. Founded in 1848 as a Hudson’s Bay Company fur post, Fort Yale later became a roaring gold-rush town and for 20 years was the starting point of the famous Cariboo Wagon Road. Yale faded with the gold-rush but boomed again in C.P.R. construction days as a wide open western town” (Historic Yale/ Text on the road sign of B.C. Department of Recreation & Conservation).
The Neelands Brothers’ photo studio (ca. 1891-1897) was established by Vancouver photographer Hamilton George Neelands (1859?-1935), earlier a partner in “Bailey & Neelands,” and his brother James F. Neelands. The company was based in Nelson and specialized in landscape photography. Hamilton George Neelands later served as mayor of Nelson and owned mining property in the area. The third brother Samuel Neelands was associated with the firm in 1897 (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$475 CAD

 


6. WILLIAM NOTMAN & SON
[Original Photograph Titled:] 1751. Looking down Fraser River, Cisco, on the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Ca. 1887. Gelatin silver print ca. 17,5x22,5 cm (7 x 8 ¾ in). Mounted on a period card leaf and recently matted. Numbered, titled and signed “Wm. Notman & Son, Montreal” in negative. Photo overall in very good condition.
Silver salts on glass – gelatin dry plate process (McCord Museum online).
Siska (historically known as Cisco) is a locality in the Fraser Canyon, 9.4 km south of Lytton. The photo shows the original cantilever Cisco Bridge, installed by the CPR at the spot in 1883 and replaced by a truss bridge in 1910. Later another bridge was built up the stream by the Canadian National Railway, making Siska a popular spot of rail fans who can often see two trains on both bridges simultaneously.
William Notman & Son” (ca. 1880-1900s) was a company founded by William McFarlane Notman (1851-1913), a son of famous Montreal photographer William Notman (1826-1891). William McFarlane took several trips to B.C. with the purpose of taking photographs, accompanied by his brothers Charles F. and George R.W. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$375 CAD

 


7. WILLIAM NOTMAN & SON
[Original Photograph Titled:] 1756. Fraser Canon, Below North Bend on the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Ca. 1889. Gelatin silver ca. 18,5x23 cm (7 ¼ x 9 in). Mounted on a period card leaf and recently matted. Numbered, titled and signed “Wm. Notman & Son, Montreal” in negative. Photo overall in very good condition.
Silver salts on glass – gelatin dry plate process (McCord Museum online).
“North Bend was founded during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s and was the site of various Canadian Pacific Railway company offices and housing. Equipped with a small railway hotel, Fraser Canyon House, aka the North Bend Hotel or the CPR Hotel, and another, larger hotel, the Mountain Hotel, and within a few hours' range of Vancouver by rail, the town prospered until the era of highway travel, when it became isolated” (Wikipedia).
William Notman & Son” (ca. 1880-1900s) was a company founded by William McFarlane Notman (1851-1913), a son of famous Montreal photographer William Notman (1826-1891). William McFarlane took several trips to B.C. with the purpose of taking photographs, accompanied by his brothers Charles F. and George R.W. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$375 CAD

 


8. WILLIAM NOTMAN & SON
[Original Photograph Titled:] 1764. Fraser Canon, above Spuzzum on the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Ca. 1889. Gelatin silver print ca. 19x23 cm (7 ½ x 9 in). Mounted on a period card leaf and recently matted. Numbered, titled and signed “Wm. Notman & Son, Montreal” in negative. Photo slightly faded on right and bottom margins, otherwise a very good image.
Silver salts on glass – gelatin dry plate process (McCord Museum online).
Spuzzum is an unincorporated settlement in the Fraser Canyon, 18 km north of Yale. The native settlement on the site of modern Spuzzum was first visited by Simon Fraser in 1808 and later became a North Western Company depot. The town lays on the historical Cariboo Wagon Road and became a refuge for gold prospectors during the Fraser Canyon War in 1858. The Alexandra Suspension Bridge was constructed 2 km north of Spuzzum in 1864. The CPR opened a station in the town in 1885.
William Notman & Son” (ca. 1880-1900s) was a company founded by William McFarlane Notman (1851-1913), a son of a famous Montreal photographer William Notman (1826-1891). William McFarlane took several trips to B.C. with the purpose of taking photographs, accompanied by his brothers Charles F. and George R.W. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$450 CAD

 


9. WILLIAM NOTMAN & SON
[Original Photograph Titled:] 3877. Indian Fishing Place. Hell Gates. Fraser Canyon.

Ca. 1904. Silver print ca. 23x18 cm (9x7 in). Numbered, titled and signed “Ent. Acc. to Act of Parl. Canada, year 1904 by Wm. Notman & Son at the Dept. of Agriculture” in negative. Recently matted. A very good photo.
Hells Gate is an abrupt narrowing of Fraser River, located immediately downstream of Boston Bar in the southern Fraser Canyon. Hells Gate has traditionally been a popular fishing ground for native people; in the late 1850s it became a busy route for gold prospectors moving up the Fraser Canyon and to the Cariboo region. CPR line was built along the bank at Hell’s Gate in the 1880s.
“William Notman & Son” (ca. 1880-1900s) was a company founded by William McFarlane Notman (1851-1913), a son of famous Montreal photographer William Notman (1826-1891). William McFarlane took several trips to B.C. with the purpose of taking photographs, accompanied by his brothers Charles F. and George R.W. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$375 CAD

 


10. THOMPSON, Stephen Joseph
[Original Photograph Titled:] 316. Suspension Bridge near Spuzzum.

Ca. 1890s. Platinum print ca. 19x24 cm (7 ½ x 9 ½ in). Numbered, titled and signed “Thompson Photo” in negative. Recently matted. Old mount residue on verso, otherwise a very good photo.
The photograph depicts the original Alexandra suspension bridge over the Fraser River near Spuzzum, constructed as a part of the Cariboo Wagon Road in 1863. The bridge was seriously damaged in 1896 and dismantled in 1912. The second Alexandra suspension bridge was built on the same spot in 1926; nowadays it serves only pedestrian traffic as a part of the Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park.
Stephen Joseph Thompson (1864-1929) was a “profilic and versatile photographer” based in New Westminster and Vancouver. “He photographed extensively along the Canadian Pacific Railway throughout the 1890s. Thompson visited the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Two years later he was commissioned to obtain views of farms around Edmonton. In 1898 he accompanied an official expedition to northern B.C. and Wrangel led by the Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries, Louis Coste” (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$425 CAD

 


11. THOMPSON, Stephen Joseph
[Original Photograph Titled:] 323. Fraser Canyon House.

Ca. 1890s. Platinum print ca. 19x24 cm (7 ½ x 9 ½ in). Numbered, titled and signed “Thompson Photo” in negative. Recently matted. Old mount residue on verso, otherwise a very good photo.
The photo shows the original Fraser Canyon House, a small hotel in North Bend constructed by the CPR within the project of a series of hotels along the CPR route in Western Canada. This building burned in 1927 and two years later was replaced by the second CPR hotel in North Bend, later also demolished.
Stephen Joseph Thompson (1864-1929) was a “profilic and versatile photographer” based in New Westminster and Vancouver. “He photographed extensively along the Canadian Pacific Railway throughout the 1890s. Thompson visited the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Two years later he was commissioned to obtain views of farms around Edmonton. In 1898 he accompanied an official expedition to northern B.C. and Wrangel led by the Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries, Louis Coste” (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$575 CAD

 


12. THOMPSON, Stephen Joseph
[Original Photograph Titled:] 326. Miner’s Cabin in the Mountains.

Ca. 1890s. Platinum print ca. 19x24 cm (7 ½ x 9 ½ in). Numbered, titled and signed “Thompson” in negative. Recently matted. Old mount residue on verso, otherwise a very good photo.
The photo apparently depicts a cabin of one of the numerous gold prospectors mining for gold in the vicinity of the Fraser Canyon.
Stephen Joseph Thompson (1864-1929) was a “profilic and versatile photographer” based in New Westminster and Vancouver. “He photographed extensively along the Canadian Pacific Railway throughout the 1890s. Thompson visited the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Two years later he was commissioned to obtain views of farms around Edmonton. In 1898 he accompanied an official expedition to northern B.C. and Wrangel led by the Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries, Louis Coste” (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$425 CAD

 


13. THOMPSON, Stephen Joseph
[Original Photograph Titled:] 330. Cisco Bridge.

Ca. 1890s. Platinum print ca. 19x24 cm (7 ½ x 9 ½ in). Numbered, titled and signed “Thompson Photo” in negative. Recently matted. Old mount residue on verso, otherwise a very good photo.
Siska (historically known as Cisco) is a locality in the Fraser Canyon, 9.4 km south of Lytton. The photo shows the original cantilever Cisco Bridge, installed by the CPR at the spot in 1883 and replaced by a truss bridge in 1910. Later another bridge was built up the stream by the Canadian National Railway, making Siska a popular spot of rail fans who can often see two trains on both bridges simultaneously.
Stephen Joseph Thompson (1864-1929) was a “profilic and versatile photographer” based in New Westminster and Vancouver. “He photographed extensively along the Canadian Pacific Railway throughout the 1890s. Thompson visited the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Two years later he was commissioned to obtain views of farms around Edmonton. In 1898 he accompanied an official expedition to northern B.C. and Wrangel led by the Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries, Louis Coste” (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$425 CAD

 


14. TRUEMAN & CAPLE
[Original Photograph Titled:] 816. C.P.R. in the Fraser Canyon, B.C., showing Four Tunnels below North Bend.

Ca. 1890s. Albumen print ca. 18x24,5 cm (7 x 9 ½ in) mounted on original photographers’ card with gilt printed stamp “Trueman & Caple, Photographers. S.W. Cor. Cordova and Cambie Streets, Vancouver B.C.” Numbered and titled in negative. A very good photo.
“North Bend was founded during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s and was the site of various Canadian Pacific Railway company offices and housing. Equipped with a small railway hotel, Fraser Canyon House, aka the North Bend Hotel or the CPR Hotel, and another, larger hotel, the Mountain Hotel, and within a few hours' range of Vancouver by rail, the town prospered until the era of highway travel, when it became isolated” (Wikipedia).
"The partnership of photographers Richard Henry Trueman (1856-1911) and Norman Caple (1866-1911) lasted from ca. 1890 to 1893. They travelled the Canadian Pacific Railway line for about a year and then set up headquarters in Vancouver. Their catalogue, published about 1891, listed views numbered from 500 to 985 in three sizes. After Trueman & Caple had been dissolved towards the end of 1893, both men continued in the photographic business as N. Caple & Co. and R.H. Trueman & Co. Trueman was a superb landscape photographer and was one of few West Coast photographers to print his negatives on platinum paper. The first modern public exhibit of his work was produced by the Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation, Banff, in 1981" (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$475 CAD

 


15. TRUEMAN & CAPLE (ca. 1890-1893)
[Original Photograph Titled:] 964. C.P.R. Cantileyer Bridge, Crossing Fraser River, Cisco, B.C.

Ca. 1890s. Albumen print ca. 18x24,5 cm (7 x 9 ½ in) mounted on original photographers’ card with gilt printed stamp “Trueman & Caple, Photographers. S.W. Cor. Cordova and Cambie Streets, Vancouver B.C.” Numbered and titled in negative. A very good photo.
Siska (historically known as Cisco) is a locality in the Fraser Canyon, 9.4 km south of Lytton. The photo shows the original cantilever Cisco Bridge, installed by the CPR at the spot in 1883 and replaced by a truss bridge in 1910. Later another bridge was built up the stream by the Canadian National Railway, making Siska a popular spot of rail fans who can often see two trains on both bridges simultaneously.
"The partnership of photographers Richard Henry Trueman (1856-1911) and Norman Caple (1866-1911) lasted from ca. 1890 to 1893. They travelled the Canadian Pacific Railway line for about a year and then set up headquarters in Vancouver. Their catalogue, published about 1891, listed views numbered from 500 to 985 in three sizes. After Trueman & Caple had been dissolved towards the end of 1893, both men continued in the photographic business as N. Caple & Co. and R.H. Trueman & Co. Trueman was a superb landscape photographer and was one of few West Coast photographers to print his negatives on platinum paper. The first modern public exhibit of his work was produced by the Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation, Banff, in 1981" (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$475 CAD

 


LYTTON

16. THOMPSON, Stephen Joseph
[Original Photograph Titled:] 333. Thompson River at Lytton.

Ca. 1890s. Platinum print ca. 24,5x19 cm (9 ½ x 7 ½ in). Numbered, titled and signed “Thompson Photo” in negative. Recently matted. Old mount residue on verso, minor silvering on the lower margin, otherwise a very good photo.
Lytton village at the confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers was founded during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858. It is the northern gateway to the Fraser Canyon and a point on the routes of the Cariboo Wagon Road, two transcontinental railways (CPR & CNR), and the TransCanada Highway.
Stephen Joseph Thompson (1864-1929) was a “profilic and versatile photographer” based in New Westminster and Vancouver. “He photographed extensively along the Canadian Pacific Railway throughout the 1890s. Thompson visited the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Two years later he was commissioned to obtain views of farms around Edmonton. In 1898 he accompanied an official expedition to northern B.C. and Wrangel led by the Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries, Louis Coste” (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$425 CAD
 


17. GOWEN SUTTON CO. LTD.
[Real Photo Postcard Titled:] Lytton, B.C.

Ca. 1920s. Gelatin silver print ca. 8,5x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). Titled in negative. A very good postcard.
Lytton village at the confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers was founded during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858. It is the northern gateway to the Fraser Canyon and a stop on the routes of the Cariboo Wagon Road, two transcontinental railways (CPR & CNR), and the TransCanada Highway.
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$65 CAD

 


LILLOOET


18. CUMMING BROS.
[Original Photograph View of Lillooet, on the Fraser River, B.C.].

Ca. 1900s. Gelatin silver print ca. 15x20,5 cm (6x8 in). Mounted on original photographer’s card with an ink stamp “M. Cumming, General Merchant, Lillooet, B.C.” on verso. Recently matted. A very good bright photo.
Lillooet was one of the main centres during the gold rush in the Fraser Canyon and the Cariboo; the location of Mile 0 on the Cariboo Wagon Road. The Pacific Great Eastern Railway arrived in 1912 and during WWII Japanese Canadians from the coast were interned there. This photo of Lillooet shows St. Andrew’s United Church with spectacular snow covered Mt. Chadwick, the Coast Mountains, in the background.
Cumming Bros., a Lillooet based photo studio (ca. 1892-1895?) was managed by Robert D. and William, Jr. Cumming and specialized in views of the Fraser River and hydraulic mines (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$750 CAD
 


19. [CUMMING BROS.]
[Original Photograph View of a Street and Private Gardens in Lillooet].

Ca. 1900s. Gelatin silver print ca. 16,5x21,5 cm (6x8 in). Mounted on original photographer’s card, but without an ink stamp on verso. Recently matted. A very good bright photo.
Rare interesting image of Lillooet, with a street taken from the back alley. Lillooet was one of the main centres during the gold rush in the Fraser Canyon and the Cariboo; the location of Mile 0 on the Cariboo Wagon Road. The Pacific Great Eastern Railway arrived in 1912 and during WWII Japanese Canadians from the coast were interned there.
Cumming Bros., a Lillooet based photo studio (ca. 1892-1895?) was managed by Robert D. and William, Jr. Cumming and specialized in views of the Fraser River and hydraulic mines (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$575 CAD

 


20. CUMMING BROS.
[Original Photograph View of the Lillooet’s Old Bridge over Fraser River, with Mt. Chadwick on the Far Left].

Ca. 1910s. Gelatin silver print ca. 14,5x20 cm (5 ¾ x 8 in). Mounted on original photographer’s card with printed advertising “Cumming Brithers, Photographic Artists., Lillooet, B.C.” on verso. Recently matted. Right corners with creases and minor cracks, image slightly faded, otherwise a very good photo.
The “Old Bridge” in Lillooet was built in 1913 as a suspension bridge. It replaced a winch ferry that was powered by the river current and had been in use since 1860. The “Old Bridge” had until recent times served as the only road bridge across the Fraser between the Alexandra Bridge and Riske Creek. With the construction of the Bridge of 23 Camels, the “Old Bridge” became a pedestrian bridge and is now a popular picnic ground.
Cumming Bros., a Lillooet based photo studio (ca. 1892-1895?) was managed by Robert D. and William, Jr. Cumming and specialized in views of the Fraser River and hydraulic mines (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$475 CAD

 


21. [Collection of Four Real Photo Postcards of Lillooet].
Ca. 1905-1925. Four gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). Three titled in negative. A very good collection.
1 postcard by Gowen, Sutton Co. Ltd.: Lillooet, B.C.
1 postcard by A.W.A. Phair: Lillooet from the north. Signed in negative.
2 anonymous postcards: Lillooet. Titled in ink on the lower margin. With address and note in ink, and with a Victoria postal stamp dated 1925 on verso.
Lillooet, B.C. With address and note in ink, and with a Lillooet postal stamp dated 1925 on verso.
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
Arthur W.A. Phair was a Lillooet based amateur photographer, “the son of Caspar Phair, a Lillooet teacher and provincial government appointee; many of Arthur's photographs illustrate Harris' history of Lillooet” (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$275 CAD

 


NORTH BEND


22. GOWEN SUTTON CO. LTD.
[Real Photo Postcard Titled:] Fraser Canyon Hotel, North Bend, B.C.

Ca. 1940. Gelatin silver print ca. 8x13 cm (3 1/8 x 5 1/8 in). Titled in negative. With address and note in pencil on verso, and with Northbend postal stamps dated 1941. A very good postcard.
The photo shows the original Fraser Canyon House, a small hotel in North Bend constructed by CPR within the project of a series of hotels along the CPR route in Western Canada. This building burned in 1927 and two years later was replaced by the second CPR hotel in North Bend, later also demolished.
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$65 CAD
 


YALE


23. [Original Stereoview Photograph, Titled:] Yale, B.C. 326a.

Ca. 1880s. A pair of albumen prints ca. 7,5x12,5 cm (2 ¾ x 5 in). Mounted on original card with printed text “European and American Views;” titled and numbered in negative. A very good stereoview.
Yale “was the head of navigation on the Fraser River. Founded in 1848 as a Hudson’s Bay Company fur post, Fort Yale later became a roaring gold-rush town and for 20 years was the starting point of the famous Cariboo Wagon Road. Yale faded with the gold-rush but boomed again in C.P.R. construction days as a wide open western town” (Historic Yale/ Text on the road sign of B.C. Department of Recreation & Conservation).
$225 CAD
 


24. [Original Photo Postcard Titled:] Yale, B.C. Canadian Pacific Railway.
Ca. 1920s. Gelatin silver print ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). Titled in negative. A very good postcard.
Yale “was the head of navigation on the Fraser River. Founded in 1848 as a Hudson’s Bay Company fur post, Fort Yale later became a roaring gold-rush town and for 20 years was the starting point of the famous Cariboo Wagon Road. Yale faded with the gold-rush but boomed again in C.P.R. construction days as a wide open western town” (Historic Yale/ Text on the road sign of B.C. Department of Recreation & Conservation).
$50 CAD

 


CARIBOO REGION
BARKERVILLE


25. [Real Photo Postcard Showing Main Street of Barkerville during a Flood].

Ca. 1900s. Gelatin silver print ca. 8,5x14 cm (3 ¼ x 5 ½ in), unsigned. Slightly soiled on verso, but overall a very good postcard.
Barkerville historic town is a heritage site in the Cariboo Mts. 88 km east of Quesnel. Founded in 1862 after a prospector named Billy Barker struck gold below the canyon on Williams Creek, it quickly grew into the largest community in BC, with a floating population that peaked about 5,000. In September 1868 it was largely destroyed by fire. Rebuilt, it settled into its role as a supply centre to the mines of the Cariboo. Barkerville was declared a heritage site in 1958” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
$150 CAD
 


26. [Collection of Six Real Photo Postcards of Barkerville].
Ca. 1920-1930s. Six gelatin silver prints, each ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). All titled in negative. Three with old mount residue on verso, otherwise a very good collection.
2 postcards by P. Tait (both signed in negative): Barkerville, B.C. from the north; Barkerville, B.C. from the south.
4 anonymous postcards: Barkerville, B.C.; Scenery 3 miles from Barkerville; Bruin having a bath (ink inscription “Barkerville, B.C. 8-32” on the lower margin); Mount Agnes near Barkerville. Period pencil inscription on verso “Taken from Bald Mt. looking South.”
Barkerville historic town is a heritage site in the Cariboo Mts. 88 km east of Quesnel. Founded in 1862 after a prospector named Billy Barker struck gold below the canyon on Williams Creek, it quickly grew into the largest community in BC, with a floating population that peaked about 5,000. In September 1868 it was largely destroyed by fire. Rebuilt, it settled into its role as a supply centre to the mines of the Cariboo. Barkerville was declared a heritage site in 1958” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
$250 CAD

 


BRALORNE - now abandoned

27. [Real Photo Postcard Titled:] No. I Townsite. Bralorne, B.C.
Ca. 1920s. Gelatin silver print ca. 8,5x14 cm (3 ¼ x 5 ½ in). Titled in negative. A very good postcard.
“Bralorne is a former gold mining company town in the Bridge River District, some eighty dirt road miles west of the town of Lillooet. Founded in the late 1890s the mine was flourishing in the 1930s, under management of Austin Taylor and Associates. It operated until 1971, yielding more than 2.8 million oz. of gold. At its peak during the 1930s it had a population of about 1,000. Since 2002 rising gold prices have led to new exploration in the area and plans for re-opening the Bralorne Mine, and nearby Pioneer Mine” (The Encyclopedia of BC, Wikipedia).
$50 CAD

 


CARIBOO REGION

28. [Collection of Three Real Photo Postcards Showing a Pioneer with his Dogs in a Forest Log House apparently in the Cariboo Region].
Ca. 1910s. Three gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x14 cm (3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in), unsigned. A very good collection.
“Cariboo is the name applied to the Interior plateau spreading east of the Fraser R. to the Cariboo Mts. and south from just north of Quesnel to south of Clinton. Fur traders were active here but it was really the search for gold that attracted the first influx of outsiders. Discoveries were made in the creeks and mountains east of Quesnel beginning in 1859 and peaking in 1865. The main gold rush community was Barkerville, which has been restored as a provincial historic site. Early prospectors followed the fur brigade trails until the Cariboo Wagon Road was built from Yale to the goldfields in 1863, pioneering a route along the Fraser R. that was subsequently followed by Hwy 97, known as the Cariboo Hwy” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
$125 CAD

 


CARIBOO WAGON ROAD

29. [Real Photo Postcard Titled:] 83 Mile House Cariboo Rd.
Ca. 1900s. Gelatin silver print ca. 8,5x14 cm (3 ¼ x 5 ½ in). Titled in negative, with address and note in ink, and with a Vancouver postal stamp dated 1908 on verso. Signed “E.B.” in negative. Minor silvering on the dark areas, otherwise a very good postcard.
The 83 Mile House, a station on the Cariboo Wagon Road, now houses the Farm Equipment Museum.
“the Cariboo Wagon Road was built between Yale and Barkerville to provide access to the Cariboo goldfields during the rush of prospectors to the area in the early 1860s. Construction of the Fraser Canyon section began at Yale, the head of steamboat navigation on the river, in the spring of 1862. Much of the road was blasted out of the sheer rocky sides of the canyon. It crossed to the east side via the Alexandra Bridge (which was actually not in place until 1863) and reached Lytton by the autumn of 1862. There it left the Fraser R. and followed an overland route north via Clinton and 100 Mile House to rejoin the river at Soda Creek, north of present-day Williams Lake, by the end of 1863. In 1864 the road continued on to Quesnel and made a turn eastward to Cottonwood, leaving the final stretch across the rocky highlands to Barkerville to be completed in the summer of 1865. The finished road was 5.5 m wide and 492 km long. Its construction added greatly to the colony's debt. A series of roadhouses sprang up to provide accommodations for travellers who arrived by freight wagon and stagecoach. Today a paved highway follows approximately the same route” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
$225 CAD

 


30. [Collection of Two Real Photo Postcards of Cariboo Wagon Road].
Ca. 1920s. Two gelatin silver prints ca. 9x13,5 cm (3 ½ x 5 ¼ in). Both titled in negative. A very good collection.
1 postcard by Gowen, Sutton Co. Ltd.: No. 8. Early Days on the Cariboo Road; Freight Team. Cariboo Road, B.C. Signed in negative.
1 anonymous postcard: Freight Term. Cariboo Road, B.C.
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$125 CAD

 


CLINTON

31. [Collection of Three Real Photo Postcards of Clinton].
Ca. 1930s. Three gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x 13,5 cm (3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in). All titled in negative. A very good collection.
1 postcard by Gowen, Sutton Co. Ltd.: The Oldest Stove in British Columbia, Clinton Hotel. Clinton, B.C. With address and note in pencil, and with a Vancouver postal stamp dated 1939 on verso.
2 anonymous postcards: Clinton, B.C. (with address and note in pencil, and with a Clinton postal stamp dated 1930 on verso); Old Cariboo Road Coach at Clinton, B.C. (see the sign on the coach: “B.C. Express Co. No. 11”).
“Clinton, village, pop. 578 (2006), is on the Gold Rush road 40 km north of Cache Creek at the entrance to the Cariboo-Chilcotin. Originally it was part of the territory of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) people. A townsite began in 1862 at the junction of the Douglas Trail and the Cariboo Wagon Road, the 2 earliest routes to the Interior goldfields. Known as 47 Mile House, Cut Off Valley, or simply The Junction, in 1863 it was named for the retiring British colonial secretary Henry Clinton, fifth Duke of Newcastle. One of the earliest buildings was the Clinton Hotel, where the Clinton Ball was held annually from 1868 until the hotel burned in 1958. The tradition continues at another hall in the village. Since its inception Clinton has been the centre of a ranching district and it retains a frontier atmosphere, though many of the spreads became working guest ranches. Indeed, Clinton can lay claim to being the Guest Ranch Capital of the world” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$125 CAD

 


QUESNEL

32. [Collection of Nine Real Photo Postcards of Quesnel].
Ca. 1910-1920s. Nine gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x14 cm (3 3/8 x 5 ½ in). All titled, some also signed in negative. One card with two minor holes in the right upper corner, otherwise a very good collection.
1 postcard by Gowen, Sutton Co. Ltd.: Quesnel, B.C. Signed “Photo W.H. Warden” in negative.
2 postcards by P. Tait (both signed in negative): Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine. Jack o’Clubs Lake. B.C.; Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine. Jack o’Clubs Lake. B.C. (a closer view).
6 anonymous postcards: Main St., Quesnel, B.C. 186; River Ave. Quesnel, B.C.; Traffic Bridge across Quesnel River, Quesnel, B.C.; P[acific] G[reat] E[astern] Railway, Quesnel; Main St., Quesnel, Cariboo. F2 (with two holes in the right upper corner); Approaching Quesnel, B.C. Quesnel River Bridge (with address and note in ink on verso, and with Quesnel and Mount Forest (Ontario) postal stamps, the latter dated 1910).
“Quesnel, city, pop. 9,326 (2006), the commercial centre of the N. Cariboo, lies at the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel rivers, 117 km south of Prince George. The name refers to Jules-Maurice Quesnel, a fur trader who accompanied Simon Fraser on his exploration of the river in 1808. Settlement began in the 1860s with the discovery of gold in the Cariboo; the townsite developed as a supply centre for the goldfields. Mining continued to be significant into the 1930s and the city celebrates its links to the gold rush every July with Billy Barker Days. In 1921 the Pacific Great Eastern Rwy arrived from Squamish, and until 1952 Quesnel was the end of the line” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$525 CAD

 


WELLS

33. [Real Photo Postcard Titled:] Wells, B.C.
Ca. 1930s. Gelatin silver print ca. 9x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). Titled in negative. A very good postcard.
“Wells, pop. 236 (2006), 80 km east of Quesnel in the Cariboo, sprang into being in 1933 after Fred Wells, a prospector, finally struck gold. His Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine gave birth to a company town that had a population of 4,000 by the end of the decade. The mine continued to operate until 1967; unlike nearby Barkerville the town has remained a functioning community, if much diminished from its heyday, with a thriving arts and crafts community” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
$65 CAD

 


WILLIAMS LAKE

34. [Collection of Two Real Photo Postcards of Williams Lake].
Ca. 1920s. Two gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). Both titled in negative. A very good collection.
1 postcard by Gowen, Sutton Co. Ltd.: The Stampede Parade. Williams Lake, B.C.
1 anonymous postcard: Williams Lake, B.C.
“Williams Lake, city, pop. 10,744 (2006), the "Hub of the Cariboo," is located in the rolling rangeland of the central Cariboo halfway between Kamloops and Prince George. White settlement began in 1859 but when the Cariboo Wagon Road bypassed the site in 1863 and built through 150 Mile House, the community dwindled. The area was long occupied by the large farm and ranch owned by William Pinchbeck and William Lyne. The arrival of the Pacific Great Eastern Rwy. in 1919 created an instant village. The community was incorporated as a village on 15 Mar 1929, as a town in 1965 and as a city in 1981. For many years it was the largest cattle shipping point in BC, and it has remained a major ranching centre with a new stockyard facility opening in 1998. The first Williams Lake Stampede was held in 1926 and has been a major professional rodeo attraction ever since” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$150 CAD

 


NORTHERN B.C.
ATLIN

35. READ, L.C.
[Real Photo Postcard, with a Manuscript Note by Read on Verso; Titled:] Atlin, B.C.

Ca. 1910s. Gelatin silver print ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in). Titled and signed “Read” in negative. With a period ink note by Read on verso. A very good postcard.
The note on verso: “I took this picture at 6 a.m. It is my own shadow that extends down the street to the West, in the right foreground. The boat “Sealion” [?] is lying at the wharf at the foot of the street that I went on that day to the Llewellyn Glacier. It was a lovely day and I never shall forget the beauty of the scenery all that day. L.C.R.”
L.C. Read worked in Atlin in 1914-1919 (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$ 225 CAD

 


36. READ, L.C.
[Original Photograph Panorama of Atlin Mountain and Atlin Lake].

Ca. 1910s. Gelatin silver print ca. 13x19,5 cm (5 x 7 ¾ in). With an ink stamp “L.C. Read, Photos & Kodaks, Atlin, B.C., Canada” on verso. Pencil note on verso: “Reflection of Atlin Mt. Neg. No. 11”. Recently matted. Minor silvering on the lower part, otherwise very good.
“Atlin, pop. 400, lies on the eastern shore of Atlin Lake, at 735.5 sq. km (BC portion only) the largest natural lake in BC, in the remote mountainous north-western Interior. The name derives from an aboriginal word meaning "big (or stormy) water." Gold was discovered in the area in 1898, touching off what has been called BC's "last gold rush." Within a year the population in the area swelled to 6,000. Though the rush faded, mining has been a principal activity ever since. The community was a terminus on the 375-km Telegraph Trail running north from Telegraph Creek on the Stikine R. A small paddlewheel steamboat, the Scotia, worked the lake 1899-1918, succeeded by the propeller-driven Tarahne 1917-36. These boats served the scattered mining camps and carried tourists attracted by the wilderness scenery. There has been a highway connection to Whitehorse since 1949. The Atlin Arts and Music Festival has been staged every July since 2003” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
L.C. Read worked in Atlin in 1914-1919 (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$425 CAD

 


37. READ, L.C.
[Original Photograph Panorama of Cathedral Mountain and Atlin Lake].

Ca. 1910s. Gelatin silver print ca. 11x16 cm (4 ¼ x 6 ¼ in). With an ink stamp “L.C. Read, Photos & Kodaks, Atlin, B.C., Canada” on verso. Pencil note on verso: “Cathedral Mt. Atlin Lake. Neg. No. 35-B”. Recently matted. A very good photo.
L.C. Read worked in Atlin in 1914-1919 (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$275 CAD

 


38. READ, L.C.
[Original Photograph of Seracs near Atlin].

Ca. 1910s. Gelatin silver print ca. 13x19,5 cm (5 x 7 ¾ in). With an ink stamp “L.C. Read, Photos & Kodaks, Atlin, B.C., Canada” on verso. Pencil note on verso: “The Seracs. ½ mile, Neg. No. 121”. Recently matted. A very good photo.
A serac is a jagged pinnacle of ice on the surface of a glacier, formed by intersecting crevasses.
Read worked in Atlin in 1914-1919 (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$225 CAD

 


39. READ, L.C.
[Original Photograph of Seracs near Atlin taken from the Timberline Camp].

Ca. 1910s. Gelatin silver print ca. 14x19,5 cm (5 ½ x 7 ¾ in). With an ink stamp “L.C. Read, Photos & Kodaks, Atlin, B.C., Canada” on verso. Pencil note on verso: “Seracs from Timberline Camp. Neg. No. 123”. Recently matted. A very good photo.
A serac is a jagged pinnacle of ice on the surface of a glacier, formed by intersecting crevasses.
L.C. Read worked in Atlin in 1914-1919 (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$325 CAD

 


40. READ, L.C.
[Original Photograph Panorama of Atlin Mountain Taken from Marshall’s Wharf].

Ca. 1917. Gelatin silver print ca. 9,5x20 cm (3 ¾ x 7 ¾ in). With an ink stamp “L.C. Read, Photos & Kodaks, Atlin, B.C., Canada” on verso. Pencil note on verso: “Atlin Mt. from Marshall’s Wharf, Neg. No. 78”. Recently matted. A very good photo.
Read worked in Atlin in 1914-1919 (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$225 CAD

 


41. SHEELOR PHOTO CO.
[Original Photograph Panorama, Titled:] Atlin, B.C.

Ca. 1910s. Gelatin silver print ca. 23,5x143 cm (9 ¼ x 56 ¼ in). Titled and signed “Copyrighted Sheelor Photo Co., Skagway, Alaska” in negative. The photo with minor holes on the margins after being mounted on a wall (not affecting the image), upper margin with minor creases; overall a very good photo.
Floyd William Sheelor (b. 1878) was a photographer based in Skagway, Alaska. The Library of the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) houses a collection of twenty-two of Sheelor’s photograph panoramas of Alaskan cities, towns and views. Before coming to Skagway he worked in California where he became known for publishing a panorama of Tonopah, 12 ft. 2 in. long and 25 in. wide, advertised as the largest photo panorama in the world.
$2250 CAD

 


42. [Collection of Ten Real Photo Postcards of Atlin].
Ca. 1920s. Ten gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in). All titled in negative, unsigned. Overall a very good collection.
Lake view. Atlin, B.C. (two different views); Atlin Inn. Atlin, B.C.; The Atlin Inn. Atlin, B.C. Courtesy Canadian National Railways; Episcopal church. Atlin, B.C.; Coach. Atlin, B.C.; Dicovery dog team. Atlin, B.C.; Placer mining on Spruce Creek. Atlin, B.C.; Atlin consolidated hydraulic pit. Gold mining at Atlin, B.C.;
Hydraulicing on Pine Creek. Atlin, B.C. With address and note in ink, and with a Skagway postal stamp (ca. 1920s) on verso. Part of the text: “There are no cows up here. This would be a wonderful place if a new gold vein [?] would be found. But now there are about 500 houses here and about 250 people. The place is a town of the past”.
$525 CAD

 


BENNETT - now abandoned

43. LARSS & DUCLOS (ca. 1899-1904)
[Original Photograph Titled:] 2142. Boat Building in Abbott Cove. Lake Bennett, 1898.

Ca. 1898. Gelatin silver print ca. 15x20 cm (5 ¾ x 8 in). Numbered, titled and signed “Lakss & Duclos, Dawson Y.T.” in negative. Mounted on original card and recently matted. Silvering of the image surface, mount water damaged on extremities, but the image is in overall very good condition.
“Bennett was the terminus of the Chilkoot Trail at the south end of Bennett Lake, which straddles the BC-Yukon border in the far northwest corner of the province. Prospectors on their way to the Klondike goldfields during 1897-98 paused here to build boats to carry them the rest of the way to Dawson City. Several sawmills produced lumber for boat construction, and the area had hotels, saloons, stores and a church. A townsite was surveyed in 1898 and named, like the lake, for the New York newspaper publisher James Gordon Bennett. Activity peaked in 1899 with the arrival of the White Pass & Yukon Route, and the population rose to 2,000” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
The partnership of a profilic American photographer of Swedish origin Per Edward Larss (1863-1941) and a Dawson photographer Joseph E.N. Duclos (1863-1917) lasted from 1899 to 1904. The company worked in Dawson City under the name “Larss & Duclos” and ended when Larss married and left Alaska.
$750 CAD

 


44. [Collection of Four Real Photo Postcards of Bennett].
ca. 1910s-1920s. Four gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in). All titled in negative, one also signed in negative. Overall a very good collection.
1 postcard by Scenic photo Publishing Co. Inc., Seattle: Lake Bennett. White Pass & Yukon Route.
1 postcard by Gowen, Sutton Co. Ltd.: Young Trappers. Bennett, B.C.
Bennett, B.C. W[hite] P[ass] & Y[ukon] R[ailwa]y. 1326. Signed “LHP” in negative.
1 anonymous postcard: Bennett, B.C.
“Bennett was the terminus of the Chilkoot Trail at the south end of Bennett Lake, which straddles the BC-Yukon border in the far northwest corner of the province. Prospectors on their way to the Klondike goldfields during 1897-98 paused here to build boats to carry them the rest of the way to Dawson City. Several sawmills produced lumber for boat construction, and the area had hotels, saloons, stores and a church. A townsite was surveyed in 1898 and named, like the lake, for the New York newspaper publisher James Gordon Bennett. Activity peaked in 1899 with the arrival of the White Pass & Yukon Route, and the population rose to 2,000. Once the railway passed on to Whitehorse, most of the people and businesses left and by 1902 the town was abandoned” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$225 CAD

 


STEAMSHIP "AMUR"

45. CASE & DRAPER (ca. 1898-1908)
[Original Photograph of Steamship Amur in the Alaskan Waters, apparently near Skagway]: 664. Str. Amur.

Ca. 1904. Silver print ca. 19x24 cm (7 ½ x 9 ½ in). Numbered, titled and signed “Case & Draper” in negative. Recently matted. Minor silvering of the dark areas, otherwise a very good photo.
Steamship “Amur” (built 1890) was employed by C.P.R. as a part of the B.C. Coast Steamship service in 1901-1913.
“William Howard Case arrived in Skagway in 1898 and later resided in Juneau until his death in 1920. In 1901 Case & Draper received a contract from White Pass and Yukon Route to photograph the scenery along the railway route. About 1905, Case and Draper opened a branch studio in Juneau. The partnership, however, dissolved in 1907. The photographic business in Skagway was continued by Horace H. Draper under the name Draper and Co. It may have survived until 1914” (University of Washington Libraries online).
$375 CAD

 


DAWSON CREEK

46. [Collection of Four Real Photo Postcards of Dawson Creek, all Titled:] Dawson Creek, B.C.
Ca. 1940s. Four gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in). All titled in negative, unsigned. One with a period manuscript note on recto, extensive letter and an ink stamp “Arrive May 24, 48”on verso. Overall a very good collection.
The photos were taken by Major Raymond A. Seifert, C.E. Hdqtrs., Alaskan Air Command, Ft. Richardson, Alaska. His letter on verso of one of the postcards reads: “My wife, the three children and myself drove from Atlanta to Ft. Richardson, Alaska, several weeks ago. Drove over 2800 miles from Great Falls, Montana to Anchorage, Alaska, thru snow, ice, slush, mud and dust over Alcan. A portion was impassable, so we shipped car by train from Edmonton to Dawson Creek. We stayed at New Palace Hotel here. It was not new and it was not a palace. Highway is a wonderful engineering feat. Am glad we took it, but not anxious to do it again. We drove so steadily that I didn’t get time to send this card. Am now at Adak in Aleutian Chain where I am visiting the various AF installations. Will return Ft. Richardson in several days”. Manuscript note on recto of the same postcard says: “Our room at New Palace Hotel (mis-named)”.
$225 CAD

 


FORT FRASER

47. [Real Photo Postcard Titled:] Fort Fraser, South Side.
Ca. 1910s. Gelatin silver print ca. 9x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). Titled in negative. With address and note in ink, and with two Fort Fraser postal stamps dated 1916 on verso. A very good postcard.
“Fort Fraser, pop 308, is a town at the east end of Fraser Lake on the Yellowhead Hwy about 140 km west of Prince George, in the territory of the Dakelh (Carrier). It was the site of a trading post established by Simon Fraser for the North West Co. in 1806. After 1821 the fort was run by the HBC. All that is left of the fort, where some of BC's earliest agriculture took place, is pieces of the rock foundation. The last spike of the Grand Trunk Pacific Rwy. was driven in here in 1914 and the town boomed briefly” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
$85 CAD

 


48. [Original Photograph of a Group of Cars on the Main Street of Fort Fraser, Titled]: Ashcroft to Fort Fraser, B.C.
Ca. 1910s. Gelatin silver print ca. 11x17 cm (4 ¼ x 6 ¾ in). Titled in negative, recently matted. Several creases, loss of both lower corners not affecting the image, otherwise a very good photo.
Interesting original photo showing participants of a car race (or a car trip) from Ashcroft to Fort Fraser ca. in the 1910s. Taken on the main street of Fort Fraser B.C., the photo features the office of the Fort Fraser Auto Transportation Co., Fort Fraser Information Bureau, a barber shop, the Harvey Bailey General Merchandise-Miners & Supplies store et al. The image is clean and sharp, and one can read the cars’ license plates. A very good rare photograph.
$225 CAD

 


HAZELTON

49. [Collection of Five Real Photo Postcards of Hazelton].
Ca. 1900s-1920s. Five gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in). All titled in negative, all but one unsigned. A very good collection.
Indian graves. Hazelton, B.C. Signed “W.W.W.” in negative.

4 anonymous postcards: Indian graves. Hazelton, B.C.; Hazelton, B.C. (with an ink inscription on verso dated 1920); A prospector. Hazelton, B.C. (with an ink inscription on verso); Pack train leaving Hazelton, B.C. 1908 (with address and note in pencil, and with a Prince Rupert Postal stamp dated 1909 on verso).
“Hazelton, village, pop. 345 (2001), lies at the confluence of the Bulkley and Skeena rivers, 290 km east of Prince Rupert. A townsite was laid out in 1871 next to the village of Gitanmaax and named for the plentiful hazelnuts. In 1879 the HBC purchased a store and began operating a trading post supplied by canoe brigades up the Skeena. The community developed as the head of steamboat navigation on the river and a supply centre for trappers and prospectors” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
$375 CAD

 


KITWANGA

50. [Collection of Five Real Photo Postcards Showing Native Totem Poles and Artefacts in Kitwanga].
Ca. 1920s. Five gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x14 cm (3 3/8 x 5 ½ in). All titled in negative. Two postcards with minor mount residue on verso, otherwise a very good collection.
2 postcards by Gowen, Sutton Co. Ltd.: Indian Totem poles. Kitwanga, B.C.; The Famous Totem of Chief Shakes. Estimated Age 150 Years.
3 anonymous postcards: The Lion Totem of Kitwangar, B.C. It seems the Present Indians have no Idea of its Age; Lion of Kitwanga; Nass Chief with Dancing Outfit, Northern British Columbia.
“Gitwangak, pop. 475 (2001), is a quiet Gitksan village on the north side of the Skeena R. about 75 km northeast of Terrace. Until recently it was known as Kitwanga. Some outstanding totem poles here date from 1875; an Anglican church with a detached bell tower was built in 1893. The name means "place of rabbits." There is a National Historic Site here called Kitwanga Fort” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$250 CAD

 


MOUNT WADDINGTON

51. ACME NEWSPICTURES INC.
[Original Photograph of Mount Waddington Taken about a Month Before Its First Accent by the Team of Fritz Wiessner in the end of July, 1936].

2 June 1936. Gelatin silver print ca. 21,5x16,5 cm (8 ½ x 6 ½ in). Period pencil inscription on the lower margin. With a period newspaper clipping and two ink stamps: “Photo by Acme Newspictures Inc.” and “Ref. Dep. 6-2 36. N.E.A.” on verso. Old mount residue on the right lower corner, otherwise a very good photo.
Original press photo of Mount Waddington used for a San Francisco newspaper publication announcing the attempt of its first accent in July 1936, by a team of climbers lead by famous German-American mountaineer Fritz Wiessner. This expedition resulted in the first successful accent of the peak, the highest in British Columbia. The newspaper clipping on verso features a brief note about the coming expedition, and a copy of our photo, under the title “Canada’s ‘Everest’ Awaits Invasion.” The text of the note: “Thirteen times in 50 years has this 400 feet of jagged, snow-encrusted rock – highest summit of 13,260-foot Mount Waddington in British Columbia – defied attempts to scale its heights. In July, a group of 12 intrepid mountain climbers, chosen from all Canadian clubs, will make a new effort to scale this lofty spire of stone, photographed from a lower neighbouring peak. In the new sortie of Mount Waddington, located 200 miles north of Vancouver, the Sierra Club of San Francisco, which futilely strove to conquer it last year, may be represented.”
$175 CAD

 


PRINCE GEORGE

52. [Collection of Five Real Photo Postcards of Prince George].
Ca. 1910-1930s. Five gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in). All titled and two signed in negative. A very good collection.
1 postcard by Jas. Heay: Steamer B.X. at Pr. George. Signed in negative; with a pencil note on verso. (The BX sternwheeler was operated on the upper Fraser River by the BC Express Company in 1910-19, during the busy era of Grand Trunk Pacific Railway construction).
Prince George, B.C. Signed “H.H.B.” in negative. With address and note in ink, and with a Vernon postal stamp dated 1935 on verso.
3 anonymous postcards: General View, Prince George, B.C. # 2833 (with address and note in ink, and with a B.C. postal stamp dated 1930 on verso); South Fort George, B.C. (with address and note in ink, and with a South Fort George postal stamp dated 1913 on verso); Central Ave. Fort George, B.C. (with a printed stamp of the “Natural Resources Security Co.,” promoting lots for sale in Fort George. With a Vancouver postal stamp dated 1910).
“Prince George lies at the confluence of the Nechako and Fraser rivers near the geographical centre of the province, 780 km north of Vancouver. For many years it was BC's third-largest population centre after Vancouver and Victoria. For several decades the fort was on the route of the fur brigades connecting the Interior to the coast. Extensive settlement did not begin until the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Rwy. (now the CNR) ignited a land boom after 1908” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
James Heay was a photographer in Fort George in the 1910s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$250 CAD

 


53. [Original Photograph of the Hotel Northern in South Fort George, Titled:] Arrival of First Stage. So. Ft. George. B.C. Oct. 19, 1911; [With a Printed Business Card of the Hotel Northern, ca. 6x10 cm/ 2 ¼ x 3 ¾ in].
Ca. 1911. Silver print ca. 12,5x17,5 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ¾ in). Titled in negative. Mounted on period card and recently matted. Overall a very good photo.
The postcard shows the first stage coach in front of the new Hotel Northern, with the welcoming party on the veranda. The business card reads: “Hotel Northern, A. Johnson Prop. South Fort George, B.C. Free Motor Bus Meets All Trains and Boats. Finest Sample Rooms in the Interior of British Columbia for Commercial Men”.
“Hoteliers Al Johnson and Robert Burns arrived [in South Fort George] in 1910, but wisely waited until the BC Express Company chose South Fort George as the location for their office and steamer landing. Once Johnson and Burns learned that the newly built and luxurious BX would be landing at South Fort George, they built the Hotel Northern and applied for and received a liquor license by December 1910. Unfortunately the first Hotel Northern wouldn't operate for very long and would burn down on July 1st, 1911. However, Al Johnson wasted no time in replacing it and built the second Hotel Northern on Hamilton Avenue, on the corner of 3rd Street. At the height of rail construction, particularly throughout 1913, the Northern was one of the busiest bars in British Columbia, employing 12-15 bartenders who worked along a 120-foot-long (37 m) bar. During this period, the Northern often sold $7000 worth of 25 cent drinks in a single day”. (Wikipedia).
$750 CAD

 


PRINCE RUPERT

54. [Original Stereoview Photograph of Prince Rupert].
Ca. 1900s. A pair of gelatin silver prints, ca. 8x15,5 cm (3 ¼ x 6 1/8 in). Mounted on original card, with ink caption “Prince Rupert, Alaska” on verso. Overall a very good stereoview.
“Prince Rupert is a port city in the Northern BC. It was founded in 1906 on Kaien Island, just north of the mouth of the Skeena River, as the western terminus of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Prince Rupert is the land, air, and water transportation hub of British Columbia's North Coast, and has a population of over 12,000 people” (Wikipedia).
$225 CAD

 


55. J.D. ALLEN PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPANY
[Collection of Six Real Photo Postcards of Prince Rupert].

Ca. 1908-9. Six gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x14 cm (3 ¼ x 5 ½ in). All titled and signed “Allen Photo” in negative. One with address, note and a postal stamp dated 1912 on verso. Two postcards with minor tears on the upper margins, otherwise a very good collection.
Centre Street. Prince Rupert, B.C. August 14, 1908 (with address, note in ink and a postal stamp dated 1912 on verso); Centre St. Prince Rupert, B.C. (two different views dated May 17 and May 18, 1909 in negative); “Knoxville,” Prince Rupert, B.C.; General view of Knoxville, Prince Rupert, B.C.; Birds’Eye View of Prince Rupert.
James Dennis Allen (1880-1966) “came to Canada in 1904. He settled in Prince Rupert in 1907 and owned a photography and stationery business, J.D. Allen Photographic Company. His was one of the first business enterprises to capture scenes of early Prince Rupert in his line of picture postcards. Allen enlisted in the First World War with the 68th Light Infantry in Victoria on November 10, 1914, and served overseas. He was married in 1918 and after the war he was proprietor of the Denny Allen Company until he moved south in 1949” (MemoryBC online).
$575 CAD

 


56. MCRAE BROS.
[Collection of Five Real Photo Postcards of Prince Rupert].

Ca. 1910s. Five gelatin silver prints ca. 9x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). All titled and signed “McRae Bros.” in negative. A very good collection.
Prince Rupert, B.C. (two different views); After the explosion on [?] St. Prince Rupert, B.C.; 145. Prince Rupert, B.C. (with address and note in ink, and with a Vancouver postal stamp dated 1920 on verso); 6th St. Prince Rupert, B.C. (with address and note in ink, and with a Prince Rupert postal stamp dated 1920 on verso).
McRae brothers worked in Prince Rupert in the 1910-1940s; their photography and stationary shop was located at 327 - West 3rd Ave.
$475 CAD

 


57. MCRAE BROS.
[Original Photograph of C.P.R. Steamers in Prince Rupert, Titled:] C.P.R. S.S. Princess Mary and Princess Beatrice at Govt. Wharf, Prince Rupert B.C.

Ca. 1910s. Gelatin silver print ca. 14x19,5 cm (5 ½ x 7 ½ in). Titled and signed “McRae” in negative. Recently matted. A minor crease on the left margin, otherwise a very good photo.
Pencil note on verso: “Tug “Florence,” packer for Innerness Cannery - Skeena River B.C., formerly tug in Klondike”.
McRae brothers worked in Prince Rupert in the 1910-1940s; their photography and stationary shop was located at 327 - West 3rd Ave.
$375 CAD

 


58. [Collection of Five Real Photo Postcards of Prince Rupert].
Ca. 1908-1910. Five gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 3/8 x 5 ½ in). All titled, two also signed in negative. A very good collection.
Centre Str. Prince Rupert, B.C. July II’08. Signed “E.A.W.” in negative.
Prince Rupert, B.C. June 26’08. Signed “D.A.” in negative.
3 anonymous postcards: 3rd Ave. Prince Rupert, B.C. (with address and note in ink, and with a Prince Rupert postal stamp dated 1910 on verso); New Premier Hotel. Prince Rupert, B.C. (with address and note, and with a Prince Rupert postal stamp dated 1914 on verso); “Obstacle Race” Victoria Day Sports. Prince Rupert. 08.
$475 CAD

 


59. [Original Photograph of Prince Rupert and its Harbour].
Ca. 1920s. Gelatin silver print ca. 19x23,5 cm (7 ½ x 9 ¼ in). With a typewritten title “Prince Rupert, British Columbia” and an ink stamp “Photograph Courtesy Canadian National Railways” on verso. Recently matted. Retouched, stains on the upper margin, minor loss of the left lower corner, but overall a very good photo.
“Prince Rupert is a port city in the Northern BC. It was founded in 1906 on Kaien Island, just north of the mouth of the Skeena River, as the western terminus of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Prince Rupert is the land, air, and water transportation hub of British Columbia's North Coast, and has a population of over 12,000 people” (Wikipedia).
$250 CAD

 


60. [Collection of Nine Real Photo Postcards of Prince Rupert].
Ca. 1920s-1940s. Nine gelatin silver prints ca. 9x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). All titled in negative. A very good collection.
2 postcards by J. Wharhalls (both signed in negative): Prince Rupert, B.C.; Kaien Island. Prince Rupert, B.C.
CNR Park. Prince Rupert, B.C. Signed “Photo WWW” in negative.
2nd Ave. Prince Rupert, B.C. Signed in negative (illegible).
5 anonymous postcards: Prince Rupert, B.C.; Fourth Ave. Prince Rupert, B.C. No. 18; 5th Ave. W. Prince Rupert, B.C. No. 70; Yacht Club. Prince Rupert; Native Totems. Prince Rupert, B.C. 113.
$325 CAD

 


STEWART

61. [Collection of Three Real Photo Postcards of Stewart].
Ca. 1900s. Three gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 ¼ x 5 ¼ in). All titled in negative. A very good collection.
1 postcard by the King Studio (Vancouver): # 3. Columbia St. Stewart, B.C.
2 anonymous postcards: 5th Ave. W. from Victoria St. Stewart, B.C.; # 23. About to start for the hills. Stewart, B.C. (with address and note in ink, and with a Stewart postal stamp dated 1910 on verso).
“Stewart, district municipality, pop. 661 (2001), lies at the head of Portland Canal on the Alaska border. It is named for 2 brothers, John and Robert Stewart, prospectors who settled at the site in 1902. For a while it was a mining boomtown with a population that reached 10,000. As the mines gave out, residents drifted away, and the community continued to depend on the vagaries of the mining industry. In the 1990s Hollywood discovered Stewart, and the spectacular mountain scenery has provided a backdrop for several movies” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
The King Photo Studio (1903-1962) was founded by Vancouver photographer John Howard H. King (1873-1963). He started as a picture framer with S.J. Thompson, and operated his own studio in Vancouver in 1903-1905. Later he worked in New Westminster and Nanaimo as a photographer. His sister reported that "His first interest was in photography, and he took many portraits and studies of Indians in all parts of Canada." After 1907 the King Photo Studio belonged to local photographer V.V. Vinson (1877-1934) and his heirs (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1, 2).
$275 CAD

 


STIKINE RIVER

62. CARLYON, F.W.
[Original Photograph Titled:] No. 688. Great Glacier on Stickine River, B.C.

Ca. 1900s. Gelatin silver print ca. 17x22,5 cm (7x9 in). Titled and signed “F.W. Carlyon” in negative, mounted on original card and recently matted. A very good photograph.
“Fred W. Carlyon (1865-1956) was an American amateur photographer. He operated a jewelry/ watchmaking shop in Wrangell in 1898-1906, practicing photography as a hobby and probably to earn extra money. After living on a ranch near Yelm, WA, following his return from Alaska, he settled permanently in Olympia in 1923” (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$275 CAD

 


VANDERHOOF

63. GOWEN SUTTON CO. LTD.
[Collection of Two Real Photo Postcards, Titled:] Vanderhoof, B.C.; A Vanderhoof Solomon.

Ca. 1920s. Two gelatin silver prints ca 8,5x14cm (3 3/8 x 5 ½ in). Both titled in negative. One with a pencil note on verso. A very good collection.
“Vanderhoof, district municipality, pop. 4,390 (2001), lies in the Nechako R. Valley at the geographical centre of BC, 97 km west of Prince George. The townsite was laid out by the Grand Trunk Pacific Rwy. when it was laying track through to Prince Rupert prior to WWI. It is named for a Chicago promoter, Herbert Vanderhoof, hired by the railway to attract settlers to the area. The Vanderhoof International Airshow was the largest camp-in airshow in N. America, attracting 25,000 spectators annually, until it folded in 1995” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$150 CAD

 


HAIDA GWAII AND NORTHERN BC COAST


QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND

64. [Original Photograph Titled:] 2017. Queen Charlotte Sound. B.C.
Ca. 1920s. Gelatin silver print ca. 12x16,5 cm (4 ½ x 6 ½ in). Titled and numbered in negative, recently matted. A very good photograph.
“Queen Charlotte Sound is a broad expanse of open water extending 175 km from the north end of Vancouver Island to the Queen Charlotte Islands. It was named in 1786 by the captain of a trading vessel after the wife of King George III. It is one of only 2 stretches on the coast where the mainland is exposed to the open Pacific without islands to protect it; thus it sometimes presents a hazardous challenge to mariners. Most boat traffic ducks into the Inside Passage as soon as possible to avoid the outer waters of the sound. Cape Caution on the mainland near the south end of the sound is considered the dividing line between the north and south coast” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
$225 CAD

 


SKIDEGATE

65. [Real Photo Postcard Titled:] Totem Poles, Skidegate, B.C.
Ca. 1920s. Gelatin silver print ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). Captioned in negative. Minor old mount residue on verso, otherwise a very good postcard.
“Skidegate, pop. 743 (2001), is on the south side of Graham Island, the largest of the Queen Charlotte Islands. It is named for the Haida chief who met the first fur traders here in 1787. In 1853 Haida from Skidegate began visiting Victoria annually to trade and socialize. Diseases they brought back contributed to the drastic decline of the Haida population on the islands. A Methodist mission was established in 1883 and the village became one of the communities where surviving Haida congregated. The Haida Gwaii Museum has one of the world's largest collections of argillite carvings. It is also the home of Lootas, the 15-m dugout canoe designed and built for Expo 86 under the supervision of the renowned Haida carver Bill Reid” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
$95 CAD

 


BELLA BELLA

66. [Collection of Two Real Photo Postcards of Bella Bella].
Ca. 1920s. Two gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). One titled in negative, both with ink notes on verso. One with old mount residue on verso, otherwise a very good collection.
1 postcard by Gowen, Sutton Co. Ltd.: Cannery at Bella Bella.
1 anonymous postcard: [A fishing vessel at shore in Bella Bella]. Ink note in Swedish [?] and old mount residue on verso.
“Bella Bella, pop. 1,211, is on Campbell Island (166 sq km) overlooking Lama Passage, about 520 km north of Vancouver via the Inside Passage. It takes its name from the Heiltsuk (Bella Bella) nation. The community originated as the FUR TRADE centre of Fort Mcloughlin, operated by the HBC from 1833 to 1843. The HBC reopened a trading store in 1868 and Heiltsuk people moved to the community from outlying areas. Methodist Church missionaries arrived in 1880 and built a mission and a school. During the 1890s the community outgrew its location and moved 3 km north to a more open site. The original site is called Old Town. New Bella Bella, later renamed Waglisla, developed as a logging and fishing centre. The Heiltsuk band operates a hotel, store, school and cultural centre. Across Lama Passage is an old salmon cannery settlement known as East Bella Bella” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$125 CAD

 


NAMU

67. GOWEN SUTTON CO. LTD.
[Real Photo Postcard Titled:] Namu Cannery.

Ca. 1920s. Gelatin silver print ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). Titled in negative. A very good postcard.
“Namu is a fishing community on the Central Coast, near the mouth of Burke Channel. There is evidence the site has been used by aboriginal people for at least 11,000 years, making it the oldest recorded place of human habitation on the coast and the longest continuously occupied site in Canada. Robert Draney built a cannery in 1893 and it remained in operation, under varied ownership, until 1969. Since 1991 Namu has been a privately owned supply centre for commercial fishing and pleasure boats. Namu is a Heiltsuk word meaning "place of high winds."” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$55 CAD

 


OCEAN FALLS

68. [Collection of Four Real Photo Postcards of Ocean Falls].
Ca. 1910-1920. Four gelatin silver prints ca. 8,5x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). All titled in negative, one with ink note on verso. A very good collection.
1 postcard by Gowen, Sutton Co. Ltd.: Ocean Falls, B.C.
3 anonymous postcards: Townsite. Ocean Falls, B.C.; Cousin’s Inlet. Ocean Falls, B.C.; Ocean Falls, B.C. (with a period manuscript text on verso: “Dear old Son, This picture shows this place as it was about the time I first saw it…”).
“Ocean Falls is an almost-abandoned company town at the head of Cousins Inlet, 24 km from the open ocean and 480 km north of Vancouver. It is noted for being the rainiest inhabited place in Canada: an average 4,386 mm falls annually. The community sprang to life in 1906, when workers began clearing a site for a mill development. The site was chosen because of the power potential of the waterfall that cascades into the inlet from Link Lake. A sawmill began operation in 1909 and the Ocean Falls Co opened a pulp and paper mill in 1912. Pacific Mills took over the complex and increased production, and then in 1954 Crown Zellerbach Canada Ltd took control. At its peak the community had a population over 4,000 and gained international renown as the home of a world-class swimming team led by Sandy Gilchrist and Ralph Hutton. During the 1960s production slowed down and in 1973 the company closed the mill. The NDP government revived the operation as a crown corporation but it closed permanently in 1980 and most of the inhabitants moved away, leaving only a small community of residents” (The Encyclopedia of BC).
Gowen Sutton Co. Ltd. was formed by a famous Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowen (1878-1946) whose most active period was the 1910-1920s. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 2).
$195 CAD

 



 






 
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