||March 16, 2007
More Post Cards from the Past
My column two weeks ago talked about the importance of post
cards to communication before phones and automobiles asked for feedback from
readers. I received several and report on one here.
Jack de la Vergne recently had a post card exhibition at
the North Bay Museum (Discovery North Bay). Jack and I spoke and he has provided
me with the postcards below on the North Bay Nugget.
Coincidentally, 2007 is the 100th anniversary of
the Nugget and you will be hearing more about this in the Nugget later. The
Nugget started in North Bay and soon moved to Cobalt during the silver rush and
moved back to North Bay in 1922.
The photo shows Cobalt in 1909 with a delivery to the
Nugget office – check the sign on the building on the left. The building in the
centre has a dentist sign and the building on the right looks like the Imperial
Bank of Commerce.
Cobalt’s John R. Hunt wrote in an article on the Nugget’s
history about ten years ago and I chatted with him recently. The building the
Nugget was in in Cobalt is now the Cobalt Mining Museum and there are vestiges
of the Nugget’s presence there still. John’s article is online on the Nugget
www.nugget.ca under Brief History.
The second postcard is dated 1925 the year North Bay became
a city. In August 1925 a week of celebrations was recorded in a publication
designed and printed by the Nugget. I picked up a copy of it (North Bay Old Home
Week) at a yard sale years ago and have referenced it many times over the years.
Jack de la Vergne identifies the native float as part of that August event. Note
the Nugget sign on the building (Oak & 9th Street).
The final postcard from 1946 shows the St. Regis Hotel with
a Nugget sign on the right at street level. Over the years the Nugget went from
a weekly, to a tri weekly, to a daily. The original copies were 3 cents each.
Jack de la Vergne’s collection is still on display at the Museum so drop in and
see more of North Bay and Area in the past.
There will be more post card follow ups in future columns.
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