Part of a series on Kootenaiana appearing for sale on eBay.
A cache of envelopes sold by a Victoria dealer last week featuring some rare West Kootenay postal cancellations brought a flurry of bids and some very high prices.
The highest was for one mailed from the Kootenay Lake hamlet of Johnsons Landing to Nelson in 1968: it went for $77 Cdn.
Next highest was a 1929 cover bearing a Brilliant cancel and the return address of the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood — the official name of the Doukhobor communal enterprise. It went for $74 Cdn.
A cover mailed from Silverton to the circulation department of the Nelson Daily News in 1969 drew 16 bids and sold for $73 Cdn.
Another bearing a 1978 cancel from the Castlegar sub-office of Shoreacres had 22 bids (although 18 were from the same person) and went for $54 Cdn. (Another Shoreacres cover, from 1972, only sold for a tenth of that.)
Finally, a 1947 envelope mailed to Fife, near Christina Lake, but missent to Coalmont yielded $52 Cdn.
Selling for nominal amounts but still interesting were a 1957 cover from West Transfer in Nelson; a 1942 cover from Halcyon Hot Springs; a 1950 billhead from the Cascade garage and coffee shop; a 1964 cover from the Cascade border crossing and a 1960 cover from the Nelway border crossing; and two 1941 covers from the Douglas Hotel in Trail.
This event, which began in 1945 and grew to be one of the longest running amateur sporting events in Canada, was held for the last time in 2008.
• A 1930 calendar plate from McLeod and Hodgson Ltd. of Grand Forks failed to sell for the opening bid of $35 US. However, what’s interesting is that it depicted a pair of swastikas — symbols not yet co-opted by Nazi Germany and therefore lacking nefarious connotation.
This story will appear in the West Kootenay Advertiser of February 2.