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Off Topic/Non-philatelic Disc. : Klondike Fever

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philb
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17 Jul 2019
04:51:48pm

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i purchased this book and one other in self defense when my wife was filling up a five dollar a bag at a nearby library. Its pretty amazing how when the first noise about discovering gold in the Klondike and Alaska occurred in the 1880s-1890s..prospectors arrived in droves and there were no places to buy food or other provisions. In that huge expanse a person might have to travel 500 or a thousand miles to buy them. According to the book the first people to establish stores gave credit to all prospectors..like pay me when you hit gold. And it was a good thing because life might depend on a pound of dried beans or a pound of flour. The prospectors were a strange sort...but in our day of comparative luxury.its hard to imagine what they endured.Image Not Found

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Benque
17 Jul 2019
07:03:31pm
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When I was about 12, in the 60s, I read a book titled "Klondike Mike". Really good read, and a story of the gold rush and a man who was involved in it from start to finish. It was a first edition which my grandfather had owned. Wish I knew what happened to that copy, as I would love to read it again.

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SForgCa
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18 Jul 2019
07:00:35pm
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Pierre Burton was one of the most recognized Canadian figures of his time
Author, educator, TV/radio personality, historian
He penned some 50 non fiction books on similar subjects

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philb
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18 Jul 2019
07:30:01pm

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Its a pretty easy read !

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Linus
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19 Jul 2019
09:45:39pm
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Here is a postcard from my collection from Dawson, Yukon Territory, Canada, just after the gold rush days, that was sent to Boone, Iowa, USA in 1909.

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philb
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20 Jul 2019
11:19:28am

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Linus, very nice..notice he modern digging equipment.

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