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Airplane Spruce

Written on front: "Airplane Spruce cut from 97" x 24 cuts in all about 4700 feet The Great [?] np & Quatsino BC"
Written on back:
"This is one of Early Bird Cove on the neck between the sawmill side and Mrs Agora[?] where one [?] is.
Curtis, a negro[sic] at the end of the log is the boon[?] all the boys like him.
8 hours none of them less than 5 cents a day board 1.00 meal three times as usual just started sugar ration.
4 there that you know one was only a boy when yo left pick him out.
As the present prices of spruce logs the tree is worth $1900 as soon as it hits the water. The Donkey pulls it in about 4 hours. The log the boys are standing again[sic] just sailed through the woods a few minutes before we took the picture."

Ben Williams Leeson collection

  • 93
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1908], [ca. 1972]

The fonds consists of 66 photographic prints, some of which are hand-coloured, stamped “B.W. Leeson Quatsino, B.C.”, labelled on the front or back with explanatory information, or signed in ink. One print of a longhouse is stamped “The Leeson Collection Copyright 1914.” The photographic subject matter relates to British Columbia’s Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations and the British Columbia landscape. Also included is a copy of Portraits of the Indians of Quatsino by Benjamin W. Leeson (Kit #20) by Susan Roper, produced by the Research Project on Early B.C. Photography at the Vancouver Public Library around 1972, and 23 duplicate slides which accompany it.

Ben Williams Leeson

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