Sam Greer is one of the historical characters that come to life in the Gerald Wellburn historic Vancouver collection.
"The Fall of 1891 is when our Family story of Greer’s Beach began. Our Great Grandfather Sam Greer was forced off his 200 acres of land in English Bay called Greer’s Beach, known today as Kitsilano and Kit’s Beach. .. " Read more
Page 64 of Historic Vancouver has the letter contained in the Granville P.O. envelope from Page 63. It's from the surveyor of the Granville townsite "and a pretty rough one it is" he writes. The surveyor was Edgar Dewdney who later went on to become Lieutenant Governor of B.C. See the full page 64 here
Sold for $1,815 in our 4th February 2017 auction.
Page 63 of the Wellburn album has one of the earliest Granville cancels. It's dated 1877 and Henry Harvey was postmaster with the P.O. in the store at Hastings Mill Wharf. See the full document here Realized $1,210.00 in our 21 January auction.
1876 Escape from Custody document signed Miller/Raymur
Vancouver's first shopkeeper, Gregorio Fernandez, Portuguese Joe No.2; shot a man, escaped from jail, and hid on Siwash Rock. It was 1876 and Vancouver was called Granville. The Justices of the Peace were the Burrard Inlet Sawmill managers. Jonathan Miller and Captain James Raymur
Page 62 from the Gerald Wellburn Historic Vancouver realized $990 in our 14 January 2017 auction
In 1876 Gregorio Fernandes, the first shopkeeper in Granville (later Vancouver) is accused of shooting and wounding. The statement is signed by Justices of the Peace including Jerry Rogers of Jericho Beach.
Page 55 in Gerald Wellburn's historic Vancouver album is a Burrard Inlet road building contract dated June 1875 See full document here
Sold for $11,000 in our 5th November auction. A handful of leading local collectors and history buffs bid on the historic contract made out to New Westminster merchant Arthur Herring, and signed by Sheriff Jim Morrison among others. Vancouver archivist Major Matthews notes that Herring did not complete the road, which was finished by Thomas Kidd in 1876.
Herring's wife, Frances, was an early teacher and writer.
Arthur Herring is the husband of Frances Herring who becomes BC's best early writer.
In 1897 the Burrard Inlet P.O. became Hastings P.O.
Martin Strong speaks with Brian Duff Grant, owner and operator of All Nations Stamps & Coins about a historic note written by Gassy Jack which recently sold for $44,000. Listen Here
The last Gassy Jack item (Page 47) from the Gerald Wellburn historic Vancouver collection is an 1876 Gassy Jack Deighton Estate settling document (lot 76). It sold for $3,850 in our 3rd September 2016 Auction.
The contents of this site change frequently. The Sales index page, New in stock and archives as well as the Auction page are good places to start, or type keywords to the right and search the entire site.
One of the highlights of Gerald Wellburn's historic Vancouver collection. 1884 letter from Sam Greer on Joseph Mannion's, informal Mayor of early Vancouver, Granville Hotel letterhead, witnessed by Matthew Baillie Begbie.
Or at least uphill. All Nations Stamp and Coin is now in the lovely Dunbar neighbourhood. The store is located at 5630 Dunbar St, just a few steps north of 41st Ave, home of the venerable Lawrence Used Books.
There is ample free street parking and the shop is adjacent to the Dunbar bus loop, with service on the following routes: #7 Dunbar - Nanaimo Stn, #32 Dunbar Express (rush hours only), #41 Joyce Stn - UBC, #43 Joyce Stn - UBC Express, #49 Metrotown Stn - Dunbar - UBC and #480 UBC - Richmond.
Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30am to 5:30pm and by appointment. We will continue to buy, sell and appraise all your collectables, the weekly Saturday auction will be at noon, perhaps with the addition of a coffee pot and of course the web site will bring you all the latest information. See you there!
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Collecting is like a box of chocolates, you don't know what you are going to get.
Richard Purdy opened his first chocolate shop, on Vancouver’s high end shopping mecca, Robson Street, in 1907. Purdy’s now has over 50 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario, often at the entrances to shopping malls. How often do collectors get to combine their love of chocolate and their love of covers?
Purdy's recently approached All Nations with an offer to buy the remaining limited supply of their 2007 Centennial Covers, which had quickly sold out at Canada Post. Order one here and read the newsletter here.
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Please see the New in Stock pages and the Sales index for a detailed listing, but here are some featured items from the last few days.
We accept Payapl and Credit Card
25 March 2017
New at All Nations Stamp and Coin
Canada Proof 2005 Golden Rose Silver 50 Cents
Scott 2017 United States Pocket Stamp Catalogue colour 618 pages
Canada BU 2017 10-coin 150th Birthday coin set
7 January 2017
New at All Nations Stamp and Coin
Stanley Gibbons 2017 Commonwealth & British Empire hardcover colour Catalogue
Stanley Gibbons 2016 Great Britain Concise 476 page colour Stamp Catalogue
Unity Canada 2016 31 page colour Stamp Supplement
Haxby/Willey 2017 Coins of Canada colour ringbound 486 page Catalogue
7 January 2017
New at All Nations Stamp and Coin
Unitrade 2017 Canadian Stamps 736 page colour Catalogue
Hudson's Bay Company I.C.C.S. Graded Made Beaver 4-token Set
Hudson's Bay Company 1919/1941 St. Lawrence Made Beaver 4-token Set
Featured items listed in our Sales index page are now available to be purchased directly from this site. Ordering is hosted by Mal's e-Commerce, and secure payment is handled by PayPal.
We will list all individual items for sale in CDN $ which is currently approximately at par with the US $, and invoicing and shipping is calculated in Canadian dollars. Canadian orders are subject to the appropriate taxes. Shipping is extra and an approximation can be found here. We will email you with the accurate amount before shipping. If you find an item that you would like to convert to another currency, click here.
The Saturday bid board auction is in Canadian dollars. If you wish to purchase items listed in the Sales section, prices will be calculated in Canadian dollars.
Credit card use is recommended for those unfamiliar with exchanging dollars. Your bank will make all the necessary calculations for the billing to be in your local currency on your charge card statement.
Sorry, no COD's on any items.
Our Auctions are full of treasures in collectable stamps, covers, postcards, coins, tokens, bank notes, militaria, books, manuscripts, numismatica
Newly discovered, first time being offered at auction: A signed 1890 letter from Lord Stanley of Preston. This is the man who donated the Stanley Cup to Hockey in 1892 while he was Governer General of Canada. See the Stanley letter here. SOLD FOR $1,540. See all the 15 October auction prices realized
Brian Grant Duff of All Nations Stamp and Coin was going through an estate recently when his assistant Neil Worley noticed an unusual name on a letter: Stanley of Preston. “He pulled out the letter and said, ‘Hey Brian, I think this might be from the governor general of Canada,’” recounts Grant Duff.
Fort St. James was founded by Simon Fraser back in 1806, 37 years before Fort Victoria was established and 80 years before Vancouver was incorporated.
It was originally a North West Company trading post, but was taken over by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1821. It remained a HBC trading post until 1952, and today is a National Historic Site run by Parks Canada.
After the First World War a merchant named Norman Wesley ran a general store there. One day a First Nations man came in to trade an ancient relic — a brass Hudson’s Bay company crest that had hung on the door of one of its early trading posts.
A century later, the crest is being auctioned this Saturday by Brian Grant Duff of All Nations Stamp & Coin Sold for $7,000 in our April 30th Auction
We are delighted to be offering the Stamp Collection of a Canadian Hero Major General George Randolph Pearkes. He won the VC in the First World War at Paschendaele and he was also the 20th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Read more about him here