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Fonds AM1506 - Walter E. Frost fonds

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Walter E. Frost fonds

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  • [ca. 1885] -1976; predominant 1919-1976 (Creation)
    Frost, Walter E.

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13,369 photographs

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Walter E. Frost was born in Vancouver in 1898. After World War I he bought a Kodak roll film camera and began to photograph his city and the ships and trains that carry its life-blood. He was an avid amateur photographer interested in ships, trains, and the city of Vancouver. He stopped taking photographs in the mid 1970s. He died in 1988.

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Photographs transferred from Frost's care directly to the Archives.

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The fonds consists of family photographs and Frost's photographs of Vancouver city scenes; steam and diesel locomotives and other railway scenes; and ships in Vancouver harbours and docked at various Vancouver piers and wharves.

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Donated to the Archives by Walter Frost in 1985


Photographic images in this fonds have been assigned catalogue numbers in the range of CVA 447-1 to CVA 447-9096. Fonds consists of three series: 1) Miscellaneous; 2) Railroads; 3) Ships.

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Images in this fonds created before 1949 are in public domain. Copyright in the remaining images is owned by the City of Vancouver.
Photographs to be credited as follows: Photograph by Walter E. Frost.

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Copyright: City of Vancouver; expiry: 2039-01-01

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