[Various places in British Columbia & Alaska: 1907-1922]. Fifteen real photo postcards. Light wear and soiling. Several with manuscript notations and/or postmarks on verso. Very good. Item #1349
A collection of real photo postcards depicting First Peoples and indigenous life in British Columbia, with two images depicting similar scenes in Alaska. Taken by various photographers over the course of several years, these images show native people in towns across the province. Identified locations include Radium, Kitwanga, Vernon, Prince Rupert, Victoria, and Alert Bay. Identified photographers include W.W. Wrathall (active in Prince Rupert in 1916); Henry Twidle (Granite Bay, 1922-1924); Trio (Victoria, 1914-1925); Vernon Photo Co. (Vernon, 1910-1920); Gowan-Sutton Co. (Vancouver, 1920-1925); and Elliott & Baglow (North Vancouver, 1907-1908). The Alaska photographs are attributed to Otto Schallerer, who was active in Seward and later Ketchikan in the 1920s. An unidentified photograph shows a group of ten Inuit -- two men, five women, and three children -- smiling into the camera. The man wear traditional clothing made from skins, while the women have on cotton dresses with gloves and fur hoods (likely worn over their warmer clothes). An image attributed to Elliott & Baglow of North Vancouver depicts a large group titled "Indian Chiefs, B.C." It shows nearly three dozen men arrayed for the camera outdoors all dressed in traditional headdresses and robes. Another striking image taken at Radium shows a family of Kootenay Indians posed in their buggy, possibly outside their home. Several of the postcards show totem poles. Though a bit eclectic, a nice grouping of images from British Columbia.