The Sports & Pastimes of Canada Postcard Series
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A proof of the sports series card was used for advertising the release of the upcoming series. The proof noted the release date was slated for November 1898.

A printed note on the back of the proof reads:

“In Press” to be issued in November—“The Sports & Pastimes of Canada” Illuminated in Colors on Post Card and Envelopes, similar to the advanced proof herewith submitted, including all the Water, Field, Summer and Winter Sports of Canada. Two Designs on each Card, 15 Cards. put up 100 Cards of each design, price to the trade $2.50, and on No. 8 Envelopes, $3.00 per 1000. Sample 100 Cards or Envelopes, by mail, post paid for 50 cents; only a limited number will be published. Send in your orders in advance

J.C. Wilson & Co., Paper Makers, Montreal.

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Snowshoeing, Tobogganing
Private Post Card
Stamp Here
Postally unused
Entered According to Act of the Parliament of Canada in the Year 1898 By J.C. Wilson & Co., Montreal
At the Department of Agriculture


Below, a detail showing the card is no. 2 of the series

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Polo, Gymnastics
Private Post Card
Postmarked September 5, 1903 with a Toronto & Sarnia Mail Coach (westbound) cancellation
to Mr. Albert Pequeguat, Stratford, Ontario
with a 1¢ QV Numeral stamp

Below, the reverse of the card

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Below, a detail showing the card is no. 8 of the series

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This copy of card no. 11, showing Football & Lacrosse, is a poor image, as it is taken from a photograph made of a J.C. Wilson & Co. sample display card for their line of Patriotic Private Post Cards just after the issuance of their “Maple Leaf For Ever” and “What We Have We’ll Hold” designs. The display card was for the use by booksellers and stationers, the primary vendors to the public of J.C. Wilson’s postcards, to advertise the company’s wares. The display card contained eight postcards, including six patriotic cards two of their Sports & Pastimes series. The cards were advertised to the public at 10¢/dozen, while selling to the stationers at ¼¢ each, plus shipping, as noted on the back of the display, shown below:

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This copy of card no. 12, showing Baseball & Cricket, is a poor image, as it is taken from a photograph made of a J.C. Wilson & Co. sample display card for their line of Patriotic Private Post Cards just after the issuance of their “Maple Leaf For Ever” and “What We Have We’ll Hold” designs. The display card was for the use by booksellers and stationers, the primary vendors to the public of J.C. Wilson’s postcards, to advertise the company’s wares. The display card contained eight postcards, including six patriotic cards two of their Sports & Pastimes series. The cards were advertised to the public at 10¢/dozen, while selling to the stationers at ¼¢ each, plus shipping, as noted on the back of the display, shown in the postcard 11 display.

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Sculling, Swimming
Private Post Card
Postmarked November 22, 1899 with a Quebec & Campbellton Express No. 8 (Eastbound) cancellation
to J.H. Gregary Esq., Agence du departement de la marine et des peches, Quebec
with a 1¢ QV Numeral stamp
Card No. 14

Below, the reverse of the card
with a Hotel Morin Fishermen’s Headquarters, Gaspe Basin
and a Quebec receiving cancellation dated November 22, 1899

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The Rod, Camping
Private Post Card
Stamp Here
Postally unused
Card No. 16
Entered According to Act of the Parliament of Canada in the Year 1898 By J.C. Wilson & Co., Montreal
At the Department of Agriculture


Below, a detail from the card, also possibly showing the artist’s name
inscribed into the design – McCabe?

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The known designs of the J.C. Wilson Sports Series postcards and envelopes are shown in the table above.

A postcard with Steeplechase & Boxing vignettes has been seen but the number is unknown, and presumably is one of the designs missing from the table.