British Columbia Hotel Covers 1880 to 1920 (Col)
British Columbia Hotel Covers 1880 to 1920, 2004 by Ellison, Ken V. As portrayed in the use of printed and illustrated advertising postal envelopes. From the collection of Ken Ellison. Wonderfully illustrated, with many scans, a study of the early hotel post cards used by travellers to send notes to friends and family. Colour Version. Spiral Bound, 134 pp.
Ken Ellison’s newest book, British Columbia Hotel Covers 1880 to 1920, explores the postal history aspect of early British Columbia hotels. Included are many fine examples of illustrated envelopes supplied by hotels to guests wishing to write relatives and friends, postcards of some of the hotels, stamps of the day and postmarks from many parts of British Columbia.
Popular with viewers, though less so with philatelic judges, the book offers an insight into past structures, hotel rates, people – both the transient guests and hotel proprietors – and shows accommodations available in both urban and small communities as well as in mining towns in the early days of the province.
Ken Ellison is the author/exhibitor of two previous BNAPS books, Force ‘C’ – Postal History Of The Canadian Army In Hong Kong (Exhibit Series # 8, 1998), and a similar work, British Columbia Agricultural Exhibitions (2003). He has also written or co-edited several local histories, including Price Ellison – History Of An Okanagan Pioneer Family (1988), Valley Of Dreams (an illustrated history of Vernon, BC, 1992),Irrigation Is King! (the story of water/irrigation in Oyama, BC – 2000) and A Family Album (an Ellison family pictorial history – 2001).