Old Truro flood pictures discovered

New Glasgow man finds pictures from 1923

Published on January 24, 2013
Flooding of the Salmon River was captured on film in 1923, which Dave Bernas came across in an album he purchased at an estate auction held in Kemptown more than a year ago.
Submitted photo

TRURO - A New Glasgow man couldn't believe the photos he came across from an album he got at an estate auction more than a year ago.

Dave Bernas has been attending and purchasing items at auctions for about 20 years now.

"I like historic stuff and purchased a box of items - old newspapers and a photo album, things like that - about a year to a year-and-a-half ago now in Kemptown, but I never really paid attention to the album," the 67-year-old said.

It was a couple of nights ago that Bernas finally opened the album.

"A lot of the pictures are dated 1923, including some flooding pictures. I took a magnifying glass to it and realized, ‘that's Truro.'"

The flooding pictures from the early 1920s show the Salmon River and surrounding area, including Stanfield's Woollens and The Borden Company.

Another photo also shows the big yellow house on the opposite side of the river - a house that is always affected when it comes to flooding.

"I couldn't believe it when I went online to Google Earth and that house is still there," said Bernas. "I was amazed and shocked that it's still there. I was online trying to figure out what angle they took that picture at."

While doing some research on the Internet, Bernas came across some information of a tropical storm from Oct. 2 to 4 in 1923, which caused heavy damage in Truro.

Along with the flood photos, Bernas found a photo of a car with a 1926 Nova Scotia license plate, with four people in the photo.

"I like old car pictures, so I particularly like that one," Bernas, who also collects military paraphernalia, said.

"I don't know if the people in the photos are from the same family as the estate auction. I think it was a Crowe estate. Crowes have a long history in Truro."

Photos also include people at the beach, as well as Truro's Victoria Park.

"There are pictures of babies in old fashioned carriages too. The clothing in the photos is very interesting."

While the photos have been intriguing Bernas for the past few days, he is willing to give the family photos up if he can find a member of the estate.

If family members recognize the pictures, they can contact Bernas at 928-1176.