More top auctions of 2011

More significant eBay transactions of 2011 involving local artifacts:

An exceptional postcard showing an unusual early view of the Castlegar sawmill sold to a local collector in January for $99 US.

William Waldie operated this mill, which moved to Castlegar from Edgewood around 1910. Celgar bought it out in the late 1950s. It was situated where the present sewage lagoons are, along the Waldie trail.

The auction drew eight bids, including four over $50. The seller was in Aldergrove.

• In November, a postcard of the Trail train depot mailed to England in 1939 sold for $50 US. The seller was in Newnham, UK.

Two other nice Trail postcards were snapped up in October for $15 and $9 respectively: an unusual view of the smelter that probably dated to the 1920s and another of the old Trail-Tadanac hospital. The seller was in Ventura, California.

• A lovely and rare 1946 postcard of the transfer slip at Rosebery on Slocan Lake sold in February for $51 US. The seller was in Kingston, Ontario.

• A vintage inkwell with a picture of the Rossland post office sold in July for $50.

The seller was in Greenfield Park, Quebec.

• An early 1900s dry mount photo showing a sculling boat on Kootenay Lake sold for $56 in November. It was taken by B. McGregor Studio of Nelson and signed by Louis Johnstone, presumably the paddler depicted. The seller was in Durango, Colorado.

The buyers of the last six items were all from Nelson.

• In May, a set of tattered labels from the Phoenix Brewing Co. went for $51. Only one label was complete, while the rest were partials and one was a composite.

The seller was in Kelowna.

• Several trade tokens drew hefty bids, including a fairly rare one from the Bodega saloon in Nelson that drew 16 bids in April and sold for $119 US. The seller was in East Berlin, Pennsylvania. The same seller sold a pair of tokens from the Cabinet cigar store and Royal shoe store in Nelson for $81 US.

A not-so-rare token from the Pioneer Hotel in Greenwood sold in March for $78 US, another from the Rossland Billiard and Bowling Hall went for $71 US in January, and a very rare one from the Manhattan saloon in Nelson fetched $87 Cdn in April.

Someone in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania sold a pair of tokens from L. Tonelli of Trail in separate auctions for $34 and $41. They’re noteworthy because they are actually misspelled “L. Tonnelli.” The corrected version is much harder to come by.

• A lovely postal cover from Nelson’s West Transfer company, with a woodcut engraving of the building on the back, sold for $33 Cdn in November.

West Transfer stood at 723 Baker Street, where Napa Auto Parts is now.

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