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1st Narrows Bridge
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- Moving images
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- Attributions and conjectures: Film is believed to have been commissioned by Alfred James Towle Taylor according to a family member.
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Statement of scale (cartographic)
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Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
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- Digitized in 2013.
Physical description area
1 film reel (42 min., 40 sec. ; 350.5 m) : acetate, 24 fps, reversal, col., silent ; 16 mm
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Scope and content
Item is a color film which details the steps involved in constructing the Lions Gate Bridge (First Narrows Bridge) across the First Narrows of the Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, B.C.) in 1937 and 1938. The film, which appears to be professionally produced, captures the entire construction and assembly process, including the cutting of a road through Stanley Park, preparation of cofferdams and caissons, foundation pouring, erection of the main towers, hoisting and attaching cables, insertion of stiffening trusses, bridge surface pouring, application of protective paint, and other finishing touches, including the installation of sculptor Charles Marega's lions. The film also captures shots of key contributors A.J.T. Taylor and John Anderson, as well as the first cars to cross the span from end to end.
Very minor ferrotyping, mild warping, cinch marks, vertical scratches, and color fading.
Immediate source of acquisition
Donated by Andrew Wade in 2012
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A digital copy of this item is available.
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Playback of physical film restricted for preservation reasons.
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Small tears repaired with splice tape.
Not a camera original. Appears to be a print on Kodachrome stock. Assumed that film was shot at the professional standard frame rate of 24 fps.