British Columbia 100 Years Ago: Portraits of a Province

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Heritage House Publishing Company, 2002 - Photography - 176 pages
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This book features an impressive collection of black-and-white lithograph images that were sold to the public in the early twentieth century. Documenting life in British Columbia during this period of time, each image has a story to tell, and collectively they define the state of affairs in BC a century ago. The book, which has an introductory article and map of the geographic regions covered, displays images representing 80 distinct stories that capture a youthful British Columbia as it once was. Given the tremendous popularity of postcards in that era, it is fair to say that these postcards took British Columbia's raw beauty and frontier appeal out into the world, attracting the endless flow of those immigrating to British Columbia since that time.

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About the author (2002)

Fred Thirkell (1930-2009) was born and educated in Vancouver. He obtained his Licentiate in Theology from Anglican Theological College in 1954, and worked as a minister in communities throughout BC and Nova Scotia. He also worked as program coordinator for the Anglican diocese of the Kootenays in Nelson, BC, and as a social worker for the Children's Aid Society in Vancouver. Fred was keenly interested in history, and he got hooked on collecting vintage postcards while living in Nova Scotia. He later began matching these rare images he had collected with mini-histories. He and Bob Scullion published their first book featuring postcards in 1996.

Bob Scullion (1937-2009) was born in Glasgow, Scotland, one of Britain's best-preserved Victorian cities. Living there gave him an enthusiasm for and appreciation of cities and their history. He and Fred Thirkell published eight books with Heritage House in the postcard genre. Four of their books won City of Vancouver Heritage Awards: "Breaking News", "Frank Gowen's Vancouver", "Vancouver and Beyond" and "Postcards from the Past".

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