I reunite identified family photos that I find in antique shops and second hand stores with genealogists and family historians. If you see one of your ancestors here and would like to obtain the original, feel free to contact me. Donations of pre-1920 photographs are also most welcome. I hope you enjoy your visit!
Friday, November 16, 2012
It's Our Blogversary! McCandlish House, Victoria BC, 1907
First off, today's a good day to celebrate. Family Photo Reunion has been in existence for one full year now. I wasn't sure I could make it to November 16th, through what has proven to be a very busy year, but here we are!
Our post today revolves around this real postcard from Victoria, BC. It was written by Emma McCandlish, and addressed to Mrs. W. Harlock at 181 Fort Street, Victoria. Emma McCandlish ran a boarding house in Victoria in 1892 at 63 Superior. She was still at this property in 1906. While I didn't have access to the 1907 BC Directory, I did find Emma in the directory for the following year at 534 Superior.
I had a little cyber-walk down Superior Street, thanks to Google Maps today, and I couldn't find a house similar to this one. If this is, indeed, a picture of her own home, I have a feeling that house is long gone. Do you see that stately building off in the distance on the left hand side of the image? I'm wondering if it might be one of the Parliament buildings.
The BC Archives has a collection of correspondence once belonging to Emma McCandlish. I think it would be fun to have a look the next time I'm down in Victoria.
If you'd like to get a sense of what Victoria was like in 1907, I found a great little video on Youtube. Emma McCandlish would have been very familiar with these sights. Who knows, she might even be in the film somewhere. Enjoy!