Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Best Regards From Clayoquot Sound, Wishing You Were Here

I wrote on my other blog (well, one of them), about some recent postal finds that relate to the history of Long Beach. (About two post offices that no longer exist - one at Long Beach and one at the airport during the war.) I hadn't made the connection before that a part of my house - the part that originally had been on Long Beach - was, for a time, the Long Beach Post Office. Considering I'm quite interested in all things postal, this was a nice coincidence.

At the same stamp sale, I also picked up some other envelopes with post marks related to Clayoquot Sound.

This first one has a post mark from Kakawis, the location of the Christie Residential School. This post office was open from 1912 to 1964 and you can see the list of postmasters (usually priests at the school) here

Wally's Drygoods was a popular store in Tofino for many years. 

And this one is from Hot Springs Cove, which had a post office on and off between 1912 and 1964. The last record in this database is from 1964, which would coincide with the year the original village was wiped out by a tsunami. (After that, it was moved to the current location on higher ground.) 

While the cancellations are interesting (to me at least), I'm more interested in actual letters. Further to that, I have a little project brewing. Do you have letters written to or from the west coast (Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds area?). If so, and you'd be willing to let me  have a look, I'd love to hear from you. I'm not asking to keep them, but I'm always interested in peoples' impressions in their own words. 

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