Compiled by the BC Black History Awareness Society from City of Victoria Archives, British Colonist Newspaper Archive, Legislative Library of British Columbia.
This “mock” flyer features ads as they appeared in the newspaper of the day.
Willis Bond – Auctioneer and General Contractor
Paris Carter – Real Estate Agent and Collector of Rents and Debts
Randal Caesar – Hair Dressing Saloon and Barber Shop. Caesar was a business partner with William Delaney Moses. Moses moved to Barkerville in the 1860’s. In this ad (February 1866) Caesar is welcoming customers to his business on Yates Street.
Edwards & Fox Warm Baths, Shaving and Hair Cutting, Shampooing. “They particularly call attention to their Bath Rooms”
Joshua Howard, Attorney and Counsellor at Law. “In July 1858, the first legal advertisement in the colony was published. Joshua Howard, an African American man from Virginia, offered “advice in Law, to the poor, gratis” Citation from “British Columbia 1858 – Law and Policing”. Legislative Library of British Columbia Background Paper 2007: 02.
Lester & Gibbs – Dealers in groceries, provisions, hardware, boots, shoes and miner’s outfits. In 1860 they advertised more goods arriving by steamship including candles, flour, bacon, butter, coffee, tea, lobsters, oysters, Worcestershire Sauce, pickles and syrup.
Nathan Pointer – Importer and Dealer of Gent’s Clothing and Furnishings, his stock included cashmere comforters and opera scarves.
Ringo’s Restaurant – and catering; newspaper article on December 29, 1860 “He Spread an Excellent Table” for the First Annual Masonic Ball of Victoria Lodge No. 1085. The article states: “The company was large and highly respectable. Among the distinguished guests were His Excellency Gov. Douglas and the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Washington Territory, E. Garfield, Esq. The artistic skill displayed in adorning the tables loaded with every delicacy and luxury, was demonstrative evidence of his ability to furnish creature comforts on such occasions.” In 1861 Samuel Ringo opened a hotel offering “private rooms, parlors, and well-ventilated bedrooms.”