The Gold Stripe, Volume 3, 1919 Title page. Soldier – illustration by Albert Udon.
The Gold Stripe, a compilation of articles, stories, illustrations, photographs and poetry, was published in 3 volumes just after World War I as a “tribute to the British Columbia men who have been killed, crippled and wounded in the Great War” and to raise money for the Amputation Club of British Columbia. Publication years were: Volume 1, 1918; Volume 2, 1919; Volume 3, 1919.
Most Gold Stripe articles and stories, and a great number of the illustrations were by British Columbians. Some articles are about the war; some are about soldiers and their families and friends trying to reestablish themselves after the war. And included are illustrated honor rolls from communities all across British Columbia and ads from many British Columbia companies. There are childrens’ stories too. Those researching BC families and BC history will find The Gold Stripe volumes of interest. Lots of good reading too – members can check out copies from the BCGS Walter Draycott LIbrary.
A BCGS member is indexing these and compiling a name index. These will be available to BCGS members in the Members’ Only Area of the BCGS website and to members and visitors at the BCGS Library in Surrey, BC.