Big bids for Kootenay postcards

Several picture postcards sold for high prices in the last week, including a bird’s eye view of Greenwood that went for $127.50 US.

Part of a regular look at items of local historical interest selling on eBay.

Several picture postcards sold for high prices in the last week or so, including a lithographed bird’s eye view of Greenwood that went for $127.50 US.

Warwick Brothers and Rutter Ltd. of Toronto. printed the card for the firm of Holmes and Kennedy of Greenwood. It was mailed in 1910 to Milford, Indiana. The auction drew seven bids, including four of $75 or more.

The seller was in Concord, New Hampshire.

• A rare view of the CPR line west of Shields, a whistle stop on the Columbia and Western Railway between Castlegar and Grand Forks, sold for $90 Cdn.

The card depicts the track crossing a trestle with Lower Arrow Lake in the background. It was produced by International Post Card Co. of Montreal and mailed from Montreal to France in 1908.

It drew seven bids, although all from the same two bidders.

The seller was in Victoria.

A set of three lithographed postcards from the Slocan — from Silverton, Sandon, and Three Forks — sold for $56 US.

Each was published by the Canada Drug and Book Co. Ltd. of Nelson. The Sandon and Three Forks cards were unmailed, but the Silverton card was sent to Hingham, Massachusetts in 1907.

The seller was in DeLeon Springs, Florida.

The same Surrey collector won all five of the above mentioned cards.

• A circa 1920s postcard of the CPR depot in Nelson drew six bids and sold for $54 US. Published by The Heliotype Co. Ltd. of Ottawa, it shows a train just arriving or departing with a Dominion Express Co. truck nearby, as well as a horse and buggy.

The seller was from Victoria and the buyer from Nelson.

• An envelope with a 1966 postmark from the drowned Lower Arrow Lake town of Renata drew 10 bids and sold for $33 Cdn.

• For the first time, a soda bottle from the Slocan Bottling Works of Kaslo failed to sell. The opening price was $125 US. It was actually a bit nicer than a similar bottle that sold this month for $115 Cdn, as it had its original stopper and did not have any chips.

This story will appear in the December 22 edition of the West Kootenay Advertiser.

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