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False Creek (Vancouver, B.C.) Video With digital objects
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Sawmill fire and Jake Loeppky family

Item is an amateur film documenting family life and a sawmill fire in Vancouver. The film consists of home movie footage filmed by Jake Loeppky, including footage of Queen Elizabeth Park, the Stanley Park Zoo, children playing at the family home in Burnaby, children swimming, and the family entertaining at home. The film also includes footage of a logging camp, a large dam, bears, and people waterskiing. Of particular note is several minutes of footage of the five-alarm fire that destroyed the B.C. Forest Products plant and lumber storage facility at 999 West 6th Avenue on July 3, 1960.

[Vancouver history and Vancouver in the 1930s]

Item is a documentary film documenting a history of Vancouver using historical photographs, maps and records as well as street scenes of Vancouver in the 1930s. The historical portions of the film contain footage about the pioneers of Vancouver including Captain George Vancouver, John Morton (first resident of what was to become the City of Vancouver), Mr. Wm. Evans (engineer on the first transcontinental train into Port Moody), Lord Granville, John Robson, Richard Earl Howe, Admiral, and Sir Harry Burrard Neale. The film also contains footage of a map of First Narrows, Burrard Inlet, English Bay and nearby Government reserves as well as a map of False Creek, the West End and the East End. In addition there is footage of Hastings Mill (1887), Gastown (1887), the heart of the city (1884), the 1886 fire, City Hall after the fire, the CPR (1887), Indian ranches on Lost Lagoon, clearings near Stanley Park, Vancouver in 1888 and 1890, the entrance to Stanley Park (1890), as well as city scenes of Vancouver in the early twentieth century.