British Columbia 100 Years Ago

Portraits of a Province

By (author): Fred Thirkell, Bob Scullion
ISBN 9781894384490
Hardcover | Publication Date: May 1, 2002
Book Dimensions: 11 in x 8 in
176 Pages
$9.95 CAD

About the Book

With a collector’s eye trained to uncover the rare, the unusual and the finest examples of British Columbia’s antique postcards, authors Fred Thirkell and Bob Scullion have given readers an eclectic array of century-old photographs.

The images selected for this book—the authors’ fifth for Heritage House—tell 80 distinct stories that capture British Columbia as it once was. Given the tremendous popularity of postcards in that era, these images no doubt took BC’s raw beauty and frontier appeal out into the world, attracting an endless parade of tourists and immigrants to the province.

About the Author(s)

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.

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.