by Sam McBride

I shared some of my grandmother Winnie Mae Foote’s interesting, but unfortunately unidentified, photos in the “People of Nelson” Facebook group and got some very positive feedback, so am sharing these further in this blog.

Photography was her hobby, and she got lots of practice taking pics of her friends and others she encountered around Nelson, where she moved to with her family from Perth, Ontario in 1900 when she was 11.

She did not think to put names or other information on the back of these prints, but I suspect they were taken between about 1905 and December 1914 when she married my grandfather Roland Leigh McBride.

Some of the pics look like they were from skits or other types of theatrical productions. The faces and clothes give a feel of what it was like for young people in that era.

Sleepyheads on the beach. Perhaps Nelson’s Lakeside Park.
Showing off her long hair.
A children’s parade on Baker Street that was part of the large July 1st parade, in about 1906.
Impressive stern-wheeler on west arm of Kootenay Lake.
Toddler with a small bag of golf clubs. This photo may have been taken after the 9-hole Nelson Golf Course was built in Rosemont in 1919-1920. R.L. McBride was a leader in the drive to raise funds to build the golf course, which served Nelson golfers until the early 1990s when the course was re-built and expanded on the site as the beautiful 18-hole Granite Point Golf Course.