Set of two postcards highlighting the natural wonders of the Bala area in the Muskoka region, Both show images from photos by famed photographer Frank Micklethwaite.
#1 1914 postcard Bala Park, Muskoka Canada
Nice early image from Canada’s renowned Muskoka cottage country. Image is of Bala Park, Lake Muskoka. One of first houses in Bala Park, owned by D. F. Morton @1910.
Titled on front ‘Bala Park, Muskoka Lakes, Canada’. Image ID bottom right ‘110423 JV’
Printed by Valentine & Sons.
On back, at top logo of globes and ‘V & Sons Famous throughout the World’.
Postmarked ‘TORRANCE ONT AU -2 14’, Mailed to Cincinnati Ohio. Torrance is small town located east of Bala.
Text: “…This is a great country. Am fine. Spend much time on & in the water. Have learned to swim...”
Two bottom corners have paper nicks. little chipping along top border. Small tear upper left border. Chipping on back under stamp.
#2 1918 postcard Moon Chute on Moon River, Bala, Muskoka Canada
Nice early image from Canada’s renowned Muskoka cottage country. Image is of Moon Chute on Moon River Bala, Lake Muskoka. Located in town of Bala, Moon River is fed from Lake Muskoka. Couple on rocks above, with rapids below, canoe in background.
Titled on front ‘3-117 MOON CHUTE ON MOON RIVER MUSKOKA LAKES, ONT. CANADA’. At top ‘ANDERSON’S MUSKOKA SERIES’.
Postmarked ‘BALA PARK ONT AU 16 18’, Mailed to Toronto.
Text: “…This is a picture of one of the many scenes we are anticipating indulging in…”
Thomas W. Burgess, Bala's first settler, brought his family here to "Musquosh Falls" in 1868, probably aboard the steamer "Wenonah". Burgess opened a sawmill and store to serve the pioneers attracted by Muskoka's free land grants. A post-office named after Bala in Wales and with Burgess as postmaster, was established by 1872. That year the Musquosh Road linked Bala with Gravenhurst and by the 1880's the settlement was benefiting from a growing tourist trade. Railways reached Bala by 1907 and it became one of Muskoka's most accessible tourist resorts. When it was incorporated as a town in 1914, Dr. A.M. Burgess, a son of the community's founder, became the first mayor.
Frank William Micklethwaite (1849–1925) was a prominent Canadian photographer, professionally known as F.W. Micklethwaite, whose photographs of Toronto and the Muskoka area form an important and unique photographic record of the province of Ontario's history in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Micklethwaite specialized in outside views and landscapes, as well as architectural and commercial photography, and he was one of Toronto's best known photographers. His images of Toronto have been credited for making the 19th century streetscapes come alive.
Valentine & Sons printed its first postcards in the 1890s. Valentine & Sons became a limited company in 1896. Canadian postcard production began in 1903. In 1907, at the height of the postcard revolution, they became a public company.
The Canadian office of Valentine’s of Dundee, Scotland ran from 1907-1923 under the name The Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co. Ltd. The first office opened in Montreal and then Toronto.