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Series S3 - Collected photographs

Intermediate lacrosse club My home [William] Inge -1875 7th [Avenue] West, Van[couver], B.C.) W. Burnell family, Vancouver Vancouver World printing house The Brunswick Hotel Hotel Capilano Court house, Hotel Vancouver, and Vancouver Block from Robson Street [Interior of] Holy Trinity church [2380 Pine Street] Mrs. Webster's family and Galloway family at Second Beach [Bathers at] Second Beach Vancouver Police recruits after drill Vancouver Police [members on horses] Main Street bridge [formerly Westminster Avenue trestle] construction Main Street bridge [formerly Westminster Avenue trestle] construction Main Street bridge [formerly Westminster Avenue trestle] construction Main Street bridge [formerly Westminster Avenue trestle] construction Second Narrows bridge, Vancouver, B.C. Opened November 7th, 1925 Ladies' Vancouver basketball team 1904-1905 Ladies' Vancouver basketball team 1905-1906 Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C. C. P. R. Hotel, Vancouver, B.C. [Exterior of] Orpheum Theatre [Couple standing outside] Majestic Theatre [410 West Hastings Street] Inside Vancouver firehall [Cordova Street] - Inauguration of Vancouver, upon occasion of the terminus of the C. P. Railway ... Dupont [later Pender] and Carrall Streets, looking east [Celebration at West Hastings and Carrall Streets looking west] Forest scene Near Whytecliff, B.C. Old Squamish highway, B.C. Horseshoe Bay, B.C. Whytecliff Park, B.C. Bartlett Brothers pack train, Dawson [Malkin family outdoor tea] [Malkin family with servants on steps of house at 1406 Davie Street] [View of north west area of downtown Vancouver, showing parts of Stanley Park, Burrard Inlet, and... Stone quarry at Hardy Island from which granite came for Georgia Street Court House Lions [Group gathered on top of the Secord Building] B.C. Electric Railway street car at Stanley Park loop B.C. Electric Railway Company observation car, "Teddy" Lyons, conductor B.C. Electric Railway Company shuttle service, between Highland Park and Edmonds on the Central P... [Group of people in] automobile at the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park British Columbia Electric Railway engine [Studio portrait of baby] [Studio portrait of baby] [Studio portrait of unidentified man and woman] [Studio portrait of an unidentified woman] [Portrait of a girl with a doll's buggy] [Portrait of two young girls] [Portrait of girl with a doll's buggy]
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  • [185-?] - [197-?] (Creation)
    Timms, Philip T.

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1,107 photographs: negatives and prints

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(September 16, 1874 – August 8, 1973)

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Philip Timms was born in Toronto in 1874, and moved to Vancouver with his wife Lizzie in 1898. Timms worked as a commercial photographer, and operated a photography and printing shop from 1900 to 1968. Timms was a member of the Royal Photographic Society, and the official photographer for the Vancouver Museum. Timms died in 1973.

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Series consists of photographs which were collected by the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association, through the Vancouver Museum. Photograph were collected on a variety of subject, mostly in the City of Vancouver, but also encompassing the Greater Vancouver area, some sites in the Fraser Valley, and other sites in British Columbia. Subjects of photographs include: buildings; streets, roads, highways, and trails; bridges; beaches; waterfront areas; parks; views of Downtown Vancouver from various sites; monument, statues, and fountains; geological phenomena; the Fraser Midden archaeological site; rivers and dams; farms and ranches; logging and lumbering scenes; streetcars and other railway cars and engines; carriages, carts, and automobiles; construction and demolition scenes; and other subjects. The series also includes photograph of people, including; portraits; athletic clubs; Vancouver City staff and officials; military groups; clubs; people involved in recreational activities; people in parades; and other activities.
The series consists almost entirely of photographs. Some accompanying labels and explanatory notes have been retained with their respective photographs. Also, photomechanical reproductions (such as halftone prints) have been retained in the series when they have accompanied other photographs.
Series consists of three subseries: 1) Miscellaneous photographs; 2) Philip T. Timms photographs; and Erwin R. Gordon photographs.

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The photographs were physically transferred to the Archives in 1986, and all documentation regarding the transfer was completed in 1988.


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Most photographs in the series were numbered by the Vancouver Museum. These numbers have been included in a numbering note in the item level descriptions.

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