Above, WLS-P02 Type II P-1
Not postally used
The card shows PPC No. 2 and a Stamp Box with omitted text, and a missing Printer’s Imprint, as is the nature of this P-1 variety.
Above, WLS-P02 Type II P-2
Postally used from Toronto with a Toronto Flag D cancel on a 1¢ QV Numeral to Sussex N.B. on September 24, 1898 to C.W. Stockton Esq. Note the two line attribution at the bottom of the address box.
The design of this variety is the same as variation P-2, however P-3 has a single line printer’s attribution rather than the two lines of P-2.
This card has been mailed August 2, 1902 from Digby NS to Hazleton Pennsylvania.
The P-4 variety
The variation above shows Imprint B and PPC/stamp box no. 9, not known to Gates, designated here as P-4.
Above, WLS-P02 Type II P-5
Note this variety omits the “Private Post Card” text and the Stamp Box, consistent with a business card printing of the postcard. J.C. Wilson & Co. would print custom printing on the cards for 75¢ per thousand or less impressions.
Above, WLS-P02 Type II P-7
Note this variety provides the “Private Post Card” text but omits stamp box.
Below, a used version.
Postmarked August 24, 1900 with a Hamilton Flag “B” cancel
The back of this card shows printed text reading:
14 James St. North,
Hamilton, Ontario, Aug. 23, 1900.
We have much pleasure in giving you a cordial invitation to be present at the opening of our establishment on Saturday next, August 25th, when we will show a beautiful assortment of New Fall Dry Goods, Fancy Goods, Millinery, Costumes, Mantles, Men’s Furnishings, Notions, etc., etc.
The Frederick W. Watkins Co.
The Helderleigh Fruit Farms and Nurseries
400 Acres Devoted to Growing Nursery Stock & Fruit.
Headquarters in Canada for the highest grade and quality of Nursery Stock.
Also the “Sterling” Brand of Fruit. The best brand of fresh fruit packed in Canada.
Below, the reverse of the card, sent by E.D. Smith. E.D. Smith began growing fruit in Winona in the 1880s, which led to the establishment of a large Canadian food processing company. After 125 years of Canadian ownership, the company was sold to American interests in 2007.
Below, the front of the card.
Tintypes & Photographs
Both Falls in the Background
Fancy Goods and Souvenir Postal Cards.
Niagara Falls Centre, Ont.
Above, a near immaculate copy of a J.C. Wilson WLS-P02 Type II P-7
Mailed from Berlin, Ontario on June 17, 1899 to Bern, Switzerland with receiving cancel dated June 29, 1899. Mailed a 2¢ Map Stamp, catalogue no. 86.
This variety, with no printer’s imprint and a Stamp Box type 13 (uncoloured “Private” and “Post Card” and omitted “Stamp Here”) was unknown to Henry Gates, and is designated here as WLS-003 P-7. A scarce destination for a J.C. Wilson patriotic on an uncommon variety, with a scarce stamp.
J.C. Wilson WLS-P02 Type II P-1
Sent from Toronto to Columbia, South Carolina, USA with a 1¢ Jubilee stamp postmarked July 14, 1898 with a Toronto Flag B cancellation.