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Nipissing District, Ontario History: Canadian History in Vintage Postcards


The very rare hand-colored and aqua-tinted engraving seen below was printed in 1801, and these are its original colors. We do not know of any other earlier prints of the Nipissing, or N'Biissing, tribe. It is on laid paper and was designed by Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur (1757-1810), a French artist and writer born in Montreal, Québec in 1757. The engraving is by Mixelle jeune (Félix, 1763-1837). Entitled Homme et Femme Népissens (Nipissing Man and Woman), it depicts a man, woman and young boy. The subject matter is rare, as is the fact that the Nipissing family is portrayed in a positive light, from a social history standpoint. The writing at top left indicates that the location is North America; the writing at top right indicates that this land is in the possession of England. The engraving measures 15.6 cm x 21.5 cm with full margins and 8.5 cm x 12 cm without margins.

Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur was a French writer and diplomat. He was also the brother of Blessed André Grasset de Saint-Sauveur. J. Grasset went to Paris in 1764, to study under the Jesuits of St. Barbara. He then followed his father and brother in the diplomatic service. After working for 10 years as a vice-consul under the orders of his father, J. Grasset became vice-consul in Hungary, and then Cairo. A multi-talented man, he then turned his attention to the art of letters and published 20 books, often illustrated, between 1784 and his 1810 death.

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Nipissing Indian Family, c. 1801, Man, Woman and Child

Highlighting in vintage postcards the history of towns and townships in the greater Lake Nipissing and Lake Temagami areas of Northern Ontario, including the Nipissing District and portions of the Parry Sound District which are in the “Blue Sky Region.” These Canadian postcards, from our private collection, are shown for educational purposes. If you have images or historical information which you’d like to share with our digital virtual museum, feel free to do so.


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, Trout Lake, Restoule, South River, Tilden Lake, Dokis, Rutherglen, Tomiko, Ontario, Trout Mills, and other areas of interest. Enjoy the story of artist Frederic Remington’s moose hunting trip, taken over 100 years ago near Mattawa, or read about the Orangemen’s Parades. See the New Ontario Brewery.

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