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Censored Slocan envelope sells for $88.50

An envelope mailed from Slocan in 1942 sold for $88.50 Cdn. What made it noteworthy is that it was stamped “Passed by censor C-270.”



Part of an ongoing look at local memorabilia selling on eBay.

An envelope mailed from Slocan in 1942 to Dad’s Cookie Co. sold for $88.50 Cdn. recently. What made it noteworthy is that it was stamped “Passed by censor C-270.”

Mail that passed through the Japanese Canadian internment camps during World War II, including Slocan, was routinely censored.

This envelope shows the measure was applied not only to internees, but everyone in those areas — the return address is “Mrs. D. Sherwood.”

The seller was in Victoria.

• A pint-size milk bottle from Castlegar’s Modern Dairy sold for $62 US.

The writing is orange and black. The front has a picture of a nursing baby and the back a man and woman in rocking chairs and a baby in a high chair.

The text reads: “It’s good for grandma, baby too/Good for me, it’s good for you/It’s nutritious, healthful and sweet/Good old milk can’t be beat.”

A half-pint bottle from the same dairy sold for $6.

The seller of both was in Spokane.

• A program from a February 27, 1962 exhibition game between the Trail Smoke Eaters and the Galt Terriers sold for $39 US.

The Smokies were then reigning world amateur hockey champions, but Galt was Canada’s representative to the upcoming championships in Colorado.

Galt beat Trail 3-1 before 3,800 fans at the Cominco Arena.

Jackie McLeod — who played for the Smokies the year before — scored twice for the visitors, while Gerry Penner had the lone Trail goal. Seth Martin stopped 28 shots in the loss.

Galt manager Len Gaudette declared afterward: “After beating Trail right in their own backyard we won’t lose another game this year. We will retain the world title for Canada.”

He was almost right. Galt went 6-and-1 in the championships, losing only to Sweden, which won the title.

This story will appear in the March 8 edition of the West Kootenay Advertiser.

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