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Blue Sky Region, Ontario: Canadian History in Vintage Postcards

Greetings from Alderdale, 1940s Highlighting in vintage postcards the history of towns and townships in the greater Lake Nipissing and Lake Temagami areas of Northern Ontario, Canada, including the Nipissing District and portions of the Parry Sound district which are in the “Blue Sky Region.” These Canadian postcards are shown in digital, virtual museum format for educational purposes. If you have images or historical information which you’d like to share with our virtual museum, feel free to do so. To navigate these pages, mouse over the top navigation bar. Drop-down menus will appear of the areas of interest. Click on the thumbnails for larger images. Close the larger image before opening another thumbnail. The occasional duplicates for sale can be found using the search box on the main (home) page of This is an ongoing project; comments and questions to the webmaster at webmaster - at sign - are welcome.


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Greetings from Alderdale, 1940s Alderdale, Daytonia Lodge  

Alderdale, Canadian Registration Board Card of George Pierce Butler

Initially during WWI, there was a great deal of enthusiasm in Canada about serving in the Armed Forces. But with heavy overseas casualties and as the war continued, enthusiasm waned and recruitment became more difficult. First, factories producing goods essential for the war began to employ females, to free up males for military service. The situation became acute by 1917, when the recruitment rate had fallen to less than the number of battefield casualties sustained. In a highly controversial move, conscription (the draft) was implemented in Canada. The first draftees reported for duty in January 1918. A National Service Registration plan was adopted, to provide an inventory of manpower available for military duty and for employment in essential industries. On 22 June 1918, national registration was held throughout Canada; males over age 16 were required to register. Information gathered included name, age, date of birth, citizenship, marital status, occupation, state of health, country of birth and year of immigration. This somewhat rare Canada Registration Board card was signed on 22 June 1918 by George Pierce Butler of Alderdale, who was also the Deputy Register (assistant). These 4-1/8” x 2-3/4” wallet-sized cards were, in essence, a draft card. Charges could be laid if one didn’t carry their draft card. In the end, 47,509 conscripts were sent overseas.

Read more about local military history on the North Bay military history, Mattawa military history and Sundridge military history pages.


Astorville, View from the South Shore of Lake Nosbonsing at the Marina

Crystal Falls:

Crystal Falls, Glen Cove Camp 1 Crystal Falls, Glen Cove Camp 2


Aerial View of Field, Ontario White-Tailed Deer at Field, Ontario

First Nation:

Dokis Village, Aerial Dokis Village on the Upper French River Parry Sound, Ojibway Indians with Canoe, c. 1930s Chief Commanda II at Dokis Village Garden Village, Holy Spirit Indian Mission

French River:

French River, Solid Comfort Camp


Thanksgiving Greetings from Galston, Calvin Township, Front Thanksgiving Greetings from Galston, Calvin Township, Back

Here’s a Thanksgiving postcard bearing a scarce October 1910 Galston split-ring postmark. The Galston post office, in Calvin Township, was open from October 1900 to June 1917. John S. McDonald was the only postmaster. He resigned in March 1917, with the post office formally closing in June; thus, the Galston post office became known as a dead post office, or DPO. It’s interesting to note that the postcard was apparently sent by his daughter, Sadie McDonald, to her grandmother, Mrs. John McDonald, who had an Admaston Station address in the Renfrew South (Ottawa) area. Admaston Station itself is now a DPO; the name changed to Adamston in 1931 and that post office finally closed in 1969.

1910 Galston Cancel from the Nipissing District

Genesee Rapids:

Genesee Rapids Post Office Cancel, 1909

Blue violets were a Victorian symbol of faithfulness and loyalty, as seen in this vintage postcard bearing a scarce first-year, 1909 Genesee Rapids postmark. This post office, which only operated from 1909 through 1915, was in the Mick General Store. It opened in January 1909, with E. C. Mick as postmaster. Thomas Anderson was postmaster in 1912 and 1913, and Peter Mick was the last postmaster, holding the position from 1914 until the post office’s closure on 31 December 1915. Many small post offices closed with the advent of rural mail delivery; the Genesee Rapids post office was no exception. Writing on 10 December, the sender said: “We have just been out skating in the field. Just our own bunch…We did some [Christmas] decorating.” The cancel is seen below.

Genesee Rapids Post Office Cancel, 1909

Golden Valley:

Golden Valley, Little River Lodge c. 1967 Golden Valley, Little River Lodge in 1955 Golden Valley, Walter's Camp, c. 1907-1915 Golden Valley, Little River Lodge Golden Valley, Little River Lodge Shoreline
Golden Valley, Ontario, Little River Lodge Deer Huntng Golden Valley, Ontario, Little River Lodge, Dam Sluice Gate with Cranks on Top for Lifting Gates, c. 1940s Golden Valley, Ontario, Little River Lodge, Canoes, 1954

Government Park:

Kish-Kaduk Lodge, Government Park Via North Bay


Greetings from Katrine, Ontario

Lake Chebogomog and Lake Tomiko:

Studholme's Camp at Lakes Tomiko and Chebogomog  

Lake Talon Area:

Relaxing at Lake Talon Camp Quebont, The Witch's Cauldron at Paul Bunyanland Camp Quebont, the Wishing Well along the Champlain Trail Camp Quebont, Paresseux Falls on the Mattawa River Colton Falls Near Mattawa    


Monetville, Steamboat at Rock Cut Monetville, Samoset Lodge Kitchen Monetville, Memquisit Lodge Dining Room Monetville, Samoset Lodge Exterior Monetville, Camp Shuswap Lounge


Noelville, Pine Cove Dock Noelville, Pine Rapids at Wolseley Lodge Noelville, Camp Thomas


Novar, Log Cabin Blanket Shop on the Ferguson Highway 1 Novar, Log Cabin Blanket Shop on the Ferguson Highway 2


Whitney, St. Anthony Lumber Company c. 1911 Whitney, Ontario, Town View Showing General Store and Texaco Gas Station, 1952 Whitney, Ontario, Nipissing Shop, c. 1960s  

Old antique postcards tell the stories of North Bay, Temagami, Bear Island, Bonfield, Callander and Corbeil, Commanda, the Ferguson Highway (Highway 11), Lavigne and Verner, Marten River, Alderdale, Monetville and Noëlville, Nipissing Village, Powassan and Trout Creek, Sturgeon Falls, Sundridge, Tomiko Ontario, Trout Lake, Restoule, South River, Tilden Lake, Dokis, Rutherglen, Trout Mills and other areas of interest. Enjoy the story of Frederic Remington’s moose hunting trip to the Mattawa area. See a 19th c. Orangemen’s parade, and our collection of rare New Ontario Brewery memorabilia.

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