Nelson Daily News office

Rare Nelson Daily News photo, letter sell online

A ca. 1910s photo of the Nelson Daily News business office along with three pages of a contemporary letter sold last week for $147.50 US.



Latest in a series on items of local interest on eBay.

A nifty ca. 1910s photo of the Nelson Daily News business office along with three pages of a contemporary letter from the paper’s manager sold last week for $147.50 US.

The 5 x 7 picture shows four well-dressed men at work, one seated at a rolltop desk. There’s also a big safe, overhead lamps, and other furniture. A wall calendar advertises J.M. Ludwig, a leathergoods store, but the date isn’t clear. Writing on the window reads: “The Daily News/Publishers/Printers and Bookbinders”

The photographer is not identified.

The letter that accompanied the photo is on stationary proclaiming the newspaper “The Only Daily Paper in South-Eastern British Columbia” and “A Live Newspaper Serving a Prosperous People.” At the bottom is the suggestion: “Come to Kootenay.”

The letter, signed by editor-manager William Garland Foster, was apparently to a distributor of atlases, which were to be given out as part of a subscription campaign. (The exact recipient is unknown; the first two pages are missing.)

It explains the newspaper’s new policy was to take only cash-in-advance subscriptions, and after a year “we do not intend to furnish the paper to a single subscriber who does not pay in advance.”

It continued: “We would expect you to cover every town from Revelstoke on the north to Waneta on the south and between Princeton on the west and Coleman, Alberta, on the east. Coleman, as you know, is just beyond the British Columbian boundary, and we already have quite a number of subscribers there.”

Although the letter isn’t dated, it’s from early 1912, as there is a reference to the provincial election of March 28 of that year.

Garland Foster was killed in 1918 while fighting in France. A biography of his wife Annie, Passing Through Missing Pages, by Frances Welwood, was published last year.

The Nelson Daily News traced its lineage to The Miner, a weekly founded by John Houston and partners in 1890. It became a daily in 1898, and changed hands in 1902, whereupon it was renamed the Daily News and published continuously until it folded in 2010.

Its longtime Baker Street home was sold and is presently being renovated into offices.

• Another rareish postcard of the Kootenay Lake Hotel at Balfour, mentioned in this column two weeks ago, sold for $52 US.

Postmarked at Nelson in 1913, it was mailed to Banff and bore a slogan cancel for the Nelson Fruit Fair, held on September 23, 24, and 25 of that year.

The card, lithographed and coloured by J.V. Valentine and Sons, showed the hotel as viewed from across the lake at Procter.

This story will appear in the West Kootenay Advertiser on October 4.

Just Posted

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

KBRH on watch for bed bugs after two recent cases

Spokesperson Mandy Lowery says there has not been a bed bug sighting at KBRH since Dec. 8

Coffee card donations return at Wait’s News

The program supplied over 200 cards last year

Trafalgar students build home for sanctuary horse

Grade 8 students collaborated on a project with a local farm sanctuary

Nelson won’t restrict parking amnesty to West Kootenay

So far, more than 800 people have responded with amnesty payments

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

More than 12,000 residents affected by the boil water advisory issued Dec. 14

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

B.C. VIEWS: Andrew Wilkinson on taxes, ICBC and union changes

Opposition leader sees unpredictable year ahead in 2019

5 tips for self-care, mental wellness this holiday season

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions urging British Columbians to prioritize self care through festive season

Rescued B.C. cat with misshapen legs in need of forever home – with carpet

Mirielle was born with misshapen back legs and after a tough life on the streets, is looking for a forever home.

Most Read