1911 photo postcard of dogsled team, Porcupine Ontario

$135.00 CAD

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Nice winter photo of men with 5-dog dogsled team in front of buildings (from left to right): log cabin, unmarked building, ‘DRUG STORE’, ‘PORCUPINE CLOTHING STORE’, and ‘BAKERY’.

Photo taken prior to the famous Porcupine Fire of July 10th 1911.


On back, 2 cent King Edward VII stamp (UR corner stamp), cancelled ‘PORCUPINE ONT JAN 24 11’. (‘11’ is my reading of faint cancel).

Mailed from son to mother, ‘Mrs Albin Kuehn, Minneapolis Minnesota USA’:

“Porcupine Ontario c/o Canadian Bank of Commerce
Dearest Mother, I am hard at it & expect to have 12 men to work Tuesday.  Love ----”

Couple of toning spots on back.

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)


The Porcupine Gold Rush was a gold rush that took place in Northern Ontario starting in 1909 and developing fully by 1911. The Porcupine rush, along with the Cobalt Silver Rush and Kirkland Lake Gold Rush, all in the early 20th century, drove most of the settlement effort in northern Ontario.


The city of Timmins, Ontario, Canada contains many named neighbourhoods.

According to Barnes, "With the staking of the three great properties, The Porcupine came alive as hundreds of canoes bearing prospectors...Golden City and Pottsville sprang up, with South Porcupine soon to follow."

Situated at the eastern end of Porcupine Lake, just northeast of the community of South Porcupine. Porcupine represents the easternmost part of the city's urban core. It was originally known as "Golden City" in its early days. A fire devastated the area in 1911. The great fire engulfed communities from the Porcupine to Cochrane. People fled to the lake to survive. It was founded at the beginning of the Porcupine Gold Rush. Porcupine, Pottsville and South Porcupine were the three towns making up the 12 mile portion of gold-bearing land known as the Porcupine Camp.