Photograph of Columbia Street in New Westminster, B.C. after the Devastating Fire of 1898 (Pre-dates Thompson's Famous Photo)

n.p. [New Westminster, B.C.]: Uncredited, 1898. Photograph. Photo not credited, but after S. J. Thompson's later image "[photo. #] 1028. Columbia St., Great Westminster Fire, Sept. 11, 1898." Possibly taken by another famous New Westminster photographer - Paul Louis Okamura - who according to Jim Wolf in his article "Through Japanese Eyes" [British Columbia History Journal. Vol. 38 No. 4 - 2005) "When the Great Fire of September 10-11, 1898 destroyed downtown New Westminster Okamura was one of the few local professional photographers to have his camera ready to document the destruction and reap the benefit of local souvenir sales in the wake of the disaster." An 1898 Gelatin silver photograph [3-15/16 x 5 inches wide] mounted on card [5-11/16 x 6-5/8 inches wide] uncredited and apparently pasted on top of another photo, with three tiny chips from the left margin - not affecting image, date and "New Westminster Fire" in pencil to verso. Shows a view looking west down Columbia Street through the total devastation wrought by the huge fire. While similar to one of Thompson's most enduring and famous images from the same day, this image shows no tents yet erected for shelter and a brick wall still standing (it is collasped in Thompson's photo) at lower right corner, so likely taken somewhat prior to Thompson's iconic image. Image and card with light wear, a few tiny chips to left margin of photo - not affecting image. Very Good. Item #2944

An uncredited image from the Great Fire of Sept. 11th, 1898 in New Westminster, still thick with smoke and dazed residents.

Price: $250.00 CAD  other currencies