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Genealogy and Vintage Postcards

Family Camping in Doakton New Brunswick (7/14)

Northumberland County, New Brunswck | vintage 1950s, family fishing, pup tent, campfire

Text from the back of the postcard:

Food always seems to taste so much better when it’s cooked outdoors – especially if it’s fresh caught trout for supper. Campsites and picnic grounds are plentiful and provide an exhilarating way to enjoy country that seems far from civilization, yet really isn’t.

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November 2, 2012 Posted by | . | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Index: Vintage Postcards of Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine

Traditional Rural Life of the Gaspesie

Gaspesian Haymakers

Series: The Outdoor Bread Ovens of Quebec (1/7) | Introduction

Series: Outdoor Bread Ovens Of Quebec (2/7) | The Old Oven, Murray Bay, Quebec

Series: Outdoor Bread Ovens Of Quebec (3/7) | Open Air Bake Oven, Gaspe

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January 30, 2011 Posted by | . | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Camp Adams (Nepisiguit, Gloucester) | Forestry Fridays: Historic Views of Lumber Mills & Logging Scenes in Eastern Canada

The inscription on this vintage postcard reads

“View from Camp Adams on Nepisiguit River, Bathurst, N.B.”

(Note logs floating in the river)

I learned from an article at The Miramichi Salmon Association that:

Camp Adams has been in existence for more than a century. In the early days, anglers from as near as Newcastle and as far as Boston and New York came to this stretch of the Northwest Miramichi, some 20 miles from the hamlet of Wayerton. Today (sic 2000) the waters are still fished by anglers from both sides of the border as members or guests of of the Miramichi Fish and Game Club.” George Mumford

Related Posts:

The Forestry Industry in Eastern Canada – A Topical Index

Vintage Postcards of New Brunswick

Further Reading:

Forest life in Acadie at Google Books

Les premiers Acadiens et Acadiennes – Nepisiguit

Acadians on the Miramichi at Acadian Ancestral Home

February 19, 2010 Posted by | . | , , | 3 Comments

Caraquet in Vintage Postcards(4): Celebrating CMA2009

This is the fourth vintage postcard in a series I’m publishing to celebrate the 2009 Acadian Congress taking place this August in New Brunswick.


L’Industrie de Peche, Caraquet, N.B.

“Draggers” in Port

For more historic pictures of the Caraquet area  please see

Vintage Postcards of New Brunswick

August 28, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

They Worked Hard For The Family: Gaspesian Fishermen

When most people think of Quebec’s ethnic make-up,  they think first of French-speaking, Catholic Quebeckers – and theycertainly makes up the overwhelming majority of early settlers. However, Quebec also had settlers of British origin (English, Scottish and Irish), and among these there was a substantial group of Anglo-Normans from the Channel Islands. These Channel Islanders settled on the Quebec and New Brunswick coasts of the Baie des Chaleurs (Chaleurs Bay) and they were there to get something that the Europeans of the time desperately wanted – codfish!

One of these Channel Islanders was my ancestor – Philippe Luce of Jersey – and as I don’t have any photographs of him I’ve decided to share this vintage postcard of fishermen on the beach splitting codfish near the now famous tourist destination of Perce Rock.

Splitting Codfish, Perce (Quebec)

Splitting Codfish, Perce, Quebec


Related Posts:

 Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec

Smile for the Camera

July 4, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , , | 6 Comments

Vintage Postcards: Codfish at Shippigan (Shippagan/Shippegan) Links Restored

Postcardy’s theme for her May Scavenger Hunt is FISH ,

so I thought I would use the opportunity to share another vintage black and white postcard of Shippagan, New Brunswick.    Quite a contrast to Lynne’s glossy fish cards, don’t you think !


L'Industrie de Peche - Codfish at Shippagan, N.B.

L’Industrie de Peche – Codfish at Shippigan, N.B. 


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May 9, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | 1 Comment

Vintage Postcard: Caraquet, L’Industrie de la Peche, N.B. – Links Restored

Draggers in Port – Caraquet, New Brunswick

Caraquet’s position on Chaleurs Bay was ideal for Early Acadian Pioneers and it also attracted many fishermen from the Channel Islands. One shore of Chaleurs Bay is in Quebec and the other in New Brunswick and it has long been known as a rich fishing area.



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PORTAL – Vintage Postcards



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April 8, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

Vintage Postcard: Caraquet, N.B. Marines

Caraquet is not just a farming community. it sits on the Baie des Chaleurs – a magnificent fishing region, – so early Acadian settlers could harvest both the land and the sea.


A Canadian Family Vintage Postcard Collection

Detail: Men working on a beach – I believe with a winch to bring a boat up onto the beach.


Detail: A Fishing Boat

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Related Posts:

Index: Vintage Postcards of New Brunswick


March 26, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | 1 Comment

Vintage Postcard: Fishing Fleet, Gaspe Coast, Que.





8-18-38 – Gaspe

Dear Pauline,

Today has been beautiful although yesterday was quite rainy. The Apalasions Mountains in the background of this picture are the same and similar to those in Pa. The coastiline and typical natives with their fishing and lumbering industries are very interesting. I am getting some good lesson in French also. Hope you are enjoying J.P.J. and the suspense (?)   sincerely Ed.B



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March 22, 2009 Posted by | . | , | Leave a comment

Barachois Fishing Village in the Gaspe


Property of A Canadian Family: Vintage Postcard Collection

 In most old Gaspe, Quebec fishing postcards, the fish cleaning tables were set on the beaches.

Here we see wooden tables and wooden kegs right out on the wharf.

Most of these fishing families were of French-Canadians or Jersey origin.

Related Post:

Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec 


Comments from readers | Commentaires des lecteurs

A beautiful picture. A place, I am very familiar with. It looks very different now. My house is less than 50 feet from the water line. It is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Very interesting; where the bay meets the river, salt and fresh water meet.The scenery is georgeous the mountains and beaches are beautiful.A place one must visit.  Patricia Ste.Croix Anett

C’est une bien belle carte. J’adore ce petit village de pêcheurs en Gaspésie. Il avait surement beaucoup de charme et a dû bien changé. J’aime bien ses couleurs monochrome-vertes. Tu vas rire, Evelyn Yvonne si je te dis que cette région m’a été révélée par l’emission de Nicolas le cuisinier lorsqu’il se déplaçait au domicile d’apprentis cuisiniers. Je le trouvais bien sympathique, et bien moins “guindé” que nos cuisiniers étoilés. Je me souviens aussi d’une chronique culinaire avec un spirituel Daniel Pinard.  Catherine (Blog: the Five Of Us)

March 13, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | 35 Comments

Codfish Pressing on Beach at Grand Etang, Quebec

Catching the codfish was just the first of of many steps our ancestors went through to create codfish that would “keep”. This old postcard shows codfish being pressed on the beach.




Postcard Publisher: H.V. Henderson


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Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec

February 19, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | 5 Comments

Little Fox River or Petite Riviere au Renard, Gaspe (Quebec)





This detail of the beach at Riviere-au-Renard is quite grainy but it does allows you to see some of the fishing equipment of that time. Note the wooden tables which were probably used in much the same way as we see in the Marinage du Poisson postcard that I posted a few days ago.

A note on the back shows that tourists really enjoyed visiting the Gaspe region: “Dear Mother, Well you see we are around this far and are enjoying the best part of our trip so far. Lovely scenery and very quaint villages. Chas” The card was sent to a Mrs. M. Mc?ady in Winnipeg and appears to be postdated 1938.


For those of you unfamiliar with the Gaspe – it is a LARGE peninsula in northern Quebec. This tourist must have begun his trip on the western side (bordered by the St-Lawrence River) and had now crossed over at the top to reach Little Fox River. You can see from John Rapkin’s map of 1857, that Little Fox River was at the northernmost tip of the Gaspe – truly remote – Our tourist of 1938 probably did the same thing as our tourists of 2008 – he probably continued his trip down the eastern side of the Gaspe Peninsula which would have brought him alongside one of the richest fishing areas in the world – the Baie des Chaleurs. Continue reading

February 13, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | 3 Comments