British Columbia

Early Victoria – California Mail: Types and Varieties

In the early days of the Colony of Vancouver Island and the Colony of British Columbia, all mail had to be routed through San Francisco in order to connect with the rest of the world. This presentation by Gray Scrimgeour explains how mail to and from Victoria was transported before the days of a trans-national

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Wright Everytime

The Postcards of Stan V. Wright Ltd., Victoria BC This exhibit shows the production history of postcards by Stanley Victor Wright, one of the best-known modern publishers on Vancouver Island. It describes the various printing companies used and the locations captured in a vast array of colour postcards distributed to the tourist and commercial markets.

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Designing the Six Pence Prince Albert Stamp

“Just imagine….” he muttered, staring at a Canadian six pence stamp of 1851. He compared the engraved portrait of Prince Albert on the stamp with the larger image on a steel engraving collected many years earlier. The collector was quietly studying this stamp by kerosene lighting in his Vancouver Island home at Deerholme. And he

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