Jim Robb

The Department of Publicity had a great idea

In the mid-1960s, the Yukon's Department of Publicity (now Tourism Yukon) had a brilliant idea: to get the late Bud Fisher to dress up like a colourful old Yukon prospector and travel around North America as an ambassador for the territory.

two opinions about the old photo taken at frances lake

Much of our history is recorded on old postcards (like the one in this column), magic-lantern slides, stereo-views and photographs, of course. This photo postcard probably dates from the '30s or '40s.

We need more creative imagination in tourism

I personally was disappointed with the Yukon's effort to really go all out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush. It should have been a spectacular event. After all, the rush shook the imagination of North America and the world.

photographer finds artistic value in klondike artifacts

Jon Wilkie, of Dawson City, takes excellent black-and-white photographs. I also have similar interests, like photographing the litter of the Klondike Gold Rush, etc.

whats happening here

For some reason or other these Whitehorse gentlemen are posing in their long johns. This event happened quite a few years ago.

interesting people of the past

This is a picture taken from an old postcard, which was given to me by my old friend, the late Fred Good, many years ago. This group of men appears to be part of a survey or geological survey crew.

al oster and friend onstage in 1961

Thank you to Jack Ramsden of the town of Three Hills, Alta., for responding to my column about Al Oster of Sept. 22, 2010.

Gold during the Klondike Gold Rush was $15 and $16 an ounce

The above weights were probably used during the Klondike Gold Rush. The weight on the far right was made by J.L.

remembering polly the parrot

Hollie Smith, formerly of Carcross, Yukon, and now of Surrey, B.C., sent in some great stories of Polly the parrot, who used to dwell in the dining room of the Caribou Hotel.

coal creek railway engine

This photograph of a beautiful little engine was taken by one of my favourite Yukon photographers, Frank Wolfe, who, I believe, was a short-time resident of Dawson City. Wolfe took most of his photographs around 1913 and 1914.

photograph inspired memories

We have another interesting letter related to the photograph on the right from Dave Locke Sr. of Kelowna, B.C.

the canucks a yukon band that all yukoners love

In the wonderful photograph, to the right, of the Canucks band, Ray Park (in the centre), as you can see, likes to ham it up a bit.

an interesting building from whitehorses not too distant past

Years ago, the above building was located on the present site of the Whitehorse city hall. I believe that the Whitehorse liquor store was located there when I first arrived here in the mid-1950s.

The burning of wilderness cabins

The mystery of the burning of Yukon wilderness cabins is gaining some interest.

Rosalie Brown identifies her family

The people in the photograph are identified as the Horsfall (Caddy) family that once had a farm located five miles below Fort Selkirk, says correspondent Rosalie Brown.

Information from Otto Blattler about the South Fork Intake

My good friend Otto Blattler, of Dawson City, sent me an old photograph of his late wife Pia and son Eric (top left), which was taken more than 30 years ago at the South Fork Intake on the Klondike River.

A pan of gold from Livingstone Creek

I believe the average size of gold nuggets from Livingstone Creek and the Atlin area are usually larger than those from the Klondike goldfields.

The characters in this photograph must be Colourful Five Percenters

Just who they are, who knows? But they look like interesting people. I also don't know who took the photo. We can believe that they are trappers, but it's kind of funny that there's no snow on the ground.

straits auction house dawson city

My first sketch of Strait's Auction House was in 1961, and while I was doing the sketch the old Bonanza Creek miner Harry Lehman walked by with his little dog.

Teslin taxi

The postcard photo and information was submitted by Angela Carlick and her son Roy. "Hi Jim," wrote Roy. "Here is the story about the famous postcard of George Johnston and car, as told by my mother Angela Carlick.