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Item : MI-337 - Chinatown Parade 1960

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Chinatown Parade 1960

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AM1563-: MI-337

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  • [1960] (Creation)
    Quan, Joe
    Vancouver (B.C.)
    Although the title on the original box for this film indicates that it is the 1960 parade, the postal date on the box is 1958. Film stock date is 1957.

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1 film reel (3 min., 51 sec. ; 32 m) : acetate, original, reversal, col., si. ; 16 mm

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Joe Quan was born in Vancouver on May 18, 1931, the youngest son of the Gow Quan family who ran Parkview Produce on Robson Street. After graduating from King Edward High School, Quan continued his education at the University of British Columbia (UBC), earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1955. While at UBC, he took photographs for the Ubyssey newspaper and Totem yearbooks. Following graduation he founded Customcolor Labs and later on he went into real estate. In 1968 he became a Notary Public and subsequently founded the Associated Notaries business with George Tanco at Robson and Thurlow. Quan was active in many associations, including the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of B.C. and the Yukon, and was a founder of the Keystone of Life Foundation. In 1999 he chaired the organizing committee for the 50th reunion of the 1949 King Edward High School graduating class.

Quan met his wife Hilda Lei Ching in 1960, while on a trip to Hawaii, and the couple had three sons, Walter, Tom and Andy. He died on January 30, 2010.

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Item is an amateur film of the Chinatown Parade, likely taken in 1960. The film includes views of Pender Street and spectators lined up along the parade route, and cars and groups participating in the parade, possibly including Miss Chinatown and pageant runner-ups.

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Ferrotyping is consistent throughout the entire reel. Mild warping.

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The image is very dark in some areas of the film.

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Film speed is undetermined. It is an amateur silent film from 1960, and it could have been filmed at a speed slower than 24 fps.


New double perforated leader tape has been spliced to head and tail.

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