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A Game of Cards. Partie de cartes. Corneilius Krieghoff, LAC C-011003, 1848
Activities at a Clallam Mat Lodge Village near Fort Victoria, John Linton Palmer, 1851, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Faro by J. D. Borthwick, 1851, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Devil seated at a gambling table, satirical print, 1860 to 1870, British Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Gambling and Cree Indians celebrating a Dog Feast. Rupert's Land 13 Sept. '57. Jeu et Indiens cris à un festin de chien. Terre de Rupert, 13 septembre 1857. George Seton, LAC Acc. No. 1950-63-1.9R, 17 April 1862
"These fools [gold rush miners] . . . have learnt that the chances are always so thoroughly in favour of the gaming-house proprietors that the loss of the gambler's money and the gain of the gaming-house proprietor is only a question of time… a man might as well chuck is gold back into the creek as pitch it on the gaming table; gaming is the miners' curse all the world over… Professional gamblers track the successful miner as the carrion crow scents the dead on a battlefield."
Cariboo The Newly Discovered Gold Fields of British Columbia, 1862
Slim Jim, or The Parson Takes the Pot, Rowland Lee, BC Archives PDP02292, 1892
"Slim Jim a noted gambler is represented in the painting, in the garb of a parson, one of his favourite disguises. With his usual good luck he takes the pot."
Albert Guillaume,1890s?, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
The start of the race, Kelowna, British Columbia.G.H.E. Hudson, LAC PA-029614, 1909
Sunday laws in force in Ontario, Toronto Reference Library 1911. Sunday Laws. 5, 1911
Gambling, Hy Myer, Library of Congress LC-DIG-ppmsca-28085, 12 September 1914
Horse races on Main Street in Lillooet, VPL 20708, 1 July 1919
"From the moment a government encourages its citizens to finance the state by gambling¬¬––instead of through creativity, work and productivity, that state is in an unacknowledged crisis."
John Ralston Saul, The Daughter's Companion.