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Hand-tinted Kaslo photo nets $323

This photo of Kaslo
This photo of Kaslo's Vimy Park sold on eBay last week for more than $300. It was taken and hand-tinted by Nelson photographer J.H. Allen.
— image credit: eBay photo

A hand-coloured photo of Vimy Park in Kaslo taken by Nelson photographer J.H. (Jimmy) Allen sold online last week for $323.

Allen opened a photo-finishing business in 1919 which became Allen’s Art Shoppe at 505 Baker Street in Nelson. He ran it until his death in 1969 and was well known for his tinted photos of the Kootenays, which remain very popular. Touchstones Nelson has many of his images and devoted an exhibit to his work in 2011.

The photo in question was probably taken in the 1920s or ‘30s and had its original frame and matting. The seller was in Trail.

Vimy Park opened in 1924. Its name honored members of the community who served with the 54th Kootenay Battalion at Vimy Ridge during the First world War.

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