5630 Dunbar St. at 41st Ave.

Historic Vancouver 1851/1899

The Gerald Wellburn collection of Historic Vancouver is an 88 page Album of postal history, postcards, notes on history, documents, drawings and diverse ephemera...all with the larger-than-life characters from the early story of Vancouver.

It's being offered by All Nations in our 2016 weekly auctions

Check our Historic Vancouver page (new images each week)

1879 Burrard Inlet deposition of Constable Jonathan Miller

1879 indictment for cutting and wounding by a seaman,evidence by Constable Jonathan Miller.
See the full document here

Read the full biography of a remarkable man Jonathan Miller - Early Vancouver Pioneer

Lot 68 in our auction Saturday 10th December

Portuguese Joe

Page 58 of the Historic Vancouver album shows the 1876 arrest warrant for Gregorio Fernandes (Portuguese Joe) after his escape following the "Granville Shooting Affray"

See the full document here

Realized $825 our 3 December auction

Granville Shooting Affray, 1876

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.

Read more here
Realized C$ 550 in our 9th April Auction


James Noble Brown 3 Dec 1874 Murder Indictment

Page 57 from Gerald Wellburn historic Vancouver album

James Noble Brown ".... did feloniously wilfully and of his malice aforethought, kill and murder one Jim alias Louis an Indian."

See the full document here Realized $1,210 in our 19th November 2016 auction.

Arthur Herring's road to Burrard Inlet

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.

Gassy jack

Rundhouse RadioMartin 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.
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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.

Sam Greer and Greer's Beach

Sam Greer is one of the historical characters that come to life in the Gerald Wellburn historic Vancouver collection.

Sam Greer

"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


Hastings P.O

In 1897 the Burrard Inlet P.O. became Hastings P.O.


Page 37 of Wellburn's Album has the only known Hastings, B.C. cancel and sold for $5,500 in our 2 July auction.

1863 Moodyville Sawmill, Burrard Inlet

Originally the "Pioneer Mill" the first sawmill on Burrard Inlet. Sewell P. Moody took over in 1864, enlarging and improving the new "S.P. Moody Burrard Inlet Mill"

19th May 1874 "We started the Mill today after having made good a faulty boiler. Tomorrow we start up full blast" Original letters realized $715 in our 23 April auction Read more

Jeremiah Rogers - The Greatest Logger Of Them All

Jeremiah Rogers

The man behind the name 'Jericho" Beach
See the Wellburn Album Pages here
Realized $1,100 in our 2nd April Auction

Hauling the logs with oxen
+ Jerry Rogers and his Engine

Realized $88 in our 16 April auction

Gassy Jack Deighton

Gassy Jack signed letter in our 1050th auction on 12th March 2016 sold for $44,000

Read more in the Vancouver Sun and Metro Vancouver

Gassy Jack autograph

See Gerald Wellburn Historic Vancouver page for a larger image

Rare Scrips from H.B.C. Trading Posts in Northern B.C. around 1910 from Sydney Hogkinson. They can be found in the weekly auctions 2016.

A Hudson's Bay Company document written at Fort Vancouver in 1842 has sold for $7700 The 15”x12” original document listing the Returns of the H.B.C. Columbia District 1841, and dated 1842

See article in The Columbian for more about the H.B.C. accounting document. .

And in the Vancouver Sun - West coast Trade 1842

Another interesting recent Lot: A One Pound Sterling and a Five Shilling promissory note from the Hudson's Bay Company York Factory at the Red River Settlement.

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All Nations has gone Upscale!

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.

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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.

Store Hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and by appointment

Methods of Payment: Cash, Debit, Visa, MasterCard, AmEx.
Sorry, no COD's.

Phone 604-684-4613.

New items

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.

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23 November 2016
New at All Nations Stamp and Coin price
Scott 2017 Classic 1840/1940 hardcover, colour 1320 page World Stamp Catalogue 

Scott 2017 U.S.A. colour 618 page Pocket Stamp Catalogue

Zumstein 2017 Swiss & Liechtenstein colour Stamp Catalogue
Charlton 2017 Volume Two colour 548 page Royal Cdn Mint/Bullion Coin Catalogue $39.95
Canada BU 2016 Battle of the Atlantic Bi-metallic $2 coin $3.99


23 November 2016
New at All Nations Stamp and Coin price
Unitrade 2017 Canadian Stamps 736 page colour Catalogue $48.95
Hudson's Bay Company I.C.C.S. Graded Made Beaver 4-token Set $2,999.95
Hudson's Bay Company 1919/1941 St. Lawrence Made Beaver 4-token Set $799.95

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.

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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

Previously Featured

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.

Read more in John Mackie Vancouver Sun Article

Brian Grant Duff with 1890 Stanley letter  RICHARD LAM / VANCOUVER SUN

Also see our new page about Philip Timms - early B.C. photographer. There is a Timms' Port Moody photograph in Saturday 15 October auction / SOLD FOR $ 192.50


New at All Nations Stamp and Coin price
Hudson's Bay Company XF 1854 Moose Factory punched  ½ Made Beaver Token  $599.95
Hudson's Bay Company AU 1854 East Main 1 Made Beaver Token, scratches $599.95
Hudson's Bay Company 1946 Uniface Token Set incl 1 White Fox (6) $899.96

See image of HBC 1946 Token Set here


Hudson's Bay CompanyFort 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


To boldy go: Canada Post issues 50th Anniversary Star Trek stamps 5 May 2016 
Read more and see all the different Star Trek formats

Star Trek

Royal Canadian Mint celebrates 50 years of Star Trek
Star TrekSee more Star trek Coins here

Philip Timms' Girls Swimming Race English Bay Vancouver Unu B&W RPPC
Timms English Bay

Also see our ongoing Philip Timms page


Brian Grant Duff visited the new Canada Post concept store at 425 W. Georgia downtown Vancouver. He took some snaps. See > Canada Post reboots Main Vancouver Post Office for the twenty first century online shopper


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