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New Westminster - bridges

Item is an amateur film which captures shots of the New Westminster Bridge (also known as the Frasier River Swing Bridge) and the Pattullo Bridge. In the film, the swing mechanism of the New Westminster Bridge is shown as ships pass through, and the span then returns to allow the waiting vehicle traffic to pass. Following shots capture a man climbing on the underside of the through arch Pattullo Bridge.

Soldiers on ship leaving port

Item is an amateur film which captures a ship full of Canadian soldiers departing. The soldiers wave toward those seeing them off from the docks; some soldiers dangle their feet from the side of the ship, while others climb for a better view. A band can also be seen playing before the ship departs from its berth.

Victoria - flowers, Camera Craft sign

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Victoria, British Columbia, the first half of which primarily captures many shots of young apple trees in bloom, and flowers in a garden (possibly Beacon Hill Park). The second half of the film captures Scott's neon Camera Craft sign blinking at night.

Hong Kong : construction site, boats

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures a construction site with local labourers hewing stone, shoveling earth, and carrying large loads over their shoulders using yokes, as well as various shots of boats and junks.

Victoria - arborist, waterfront, roses

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Victoria, British Columbia, which captures an arbourist climbing a tree with ropes and spiked boots, hacking branches with an axe, and stopping for a cigarette break at the top of the tree; a shot of a large steam boat seen through the porte cochere of the Empress Hotel (Victoria, BC); and close-up shots of roses, most likely taken at either the Empress Hotel or Beacon Hill Park.

Hong Kong - woman in aviation cap, Margaret

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures a woman wearing an aviation cap; Margaret eating breakfast and posing the dog for the camera; Margaret standing among Christmas decorations; and Margaret posing with her mother.

Kamloops

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Kamloops, British Columbia, which captures men and women picking apples in an orchard; shots of tractors and trucks; workers taking a break and laughing; panning shots over heaping boxes of apples and a nearby sleeping baby; a truck with a sign reading "D.S. Scott, Westsyde, Kamloops, B.C." with a dog peeping from the window; a man chopping at a tree with an axe; a shot of the water from the trees; a toddler walking with assistance from adults; and men packing boxes of apples.

Hong Kong - Margaret, swimming, boats, construction

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong, which captures ships on the water; the Scott family swimming, with Margaret and the family dogs on a raft; Margaret playing with a large dollhouse; Margaret pulling a toy dog on a tricycle outside the Scott's house; the Scott family in a rowboat; a crowded pier, and steam boats full of people; Margaret in a costume; and a construction site.

Hong Kong - rural tour

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong, which captures a ship, a panning view of a hilly shore, two men in suits approaching the camera, locals walking down the street, a boat being christened, and shots of the shore.

Victoria - Remembrance Day

Item is an amateur film which captures Remembrance Day proceedings in Victoria, British Columbia. A ceremony is being held on the grounds of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the Inner Harbour area, where soldiers and veterans in ceremony stand around the War Memorial. The soldiers march and line up, various men in formal dress take turns placing a wreath at the base of the statue (including Premier Duff Pattullo), and a military band plays. The film closes with a blurry shot of Margaret.

Hong Kong - group shot, Margaret and friend

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures a dark group shot of some men; an unidentified family relaxing at the Scott's home; and Margaret with unidentified friend playing with a young puppy. The film also includes a slow motion shot of a child jumping into the water.

Hong Kong - airplanes, Margaret

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures expatriates as they take turns being passengers on a plane. Shots include the plane taking off from a field, onlookers talking, and people embarking and disembarking from the airplane. Shots were likely made at Kai Tak airport. Later shots include Margaret smiling for the camera with the family dog in her arms, a view of the water through the trees, and Margaret posing with her mother.

Hong Kong - tour

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures an automobile being loaded off of a boat by a large pulley; the Scott family enjoying a picnic; a local labourer carrying large bundles of rice and workers harvesting rice; the Scott family approaching wrought iron gates; a pig standing in an alley and running in the sun; a Hong Kong resident smiling for the camera; and Margaret smiling for the camera with her mother and father.

Hong Kong - boating

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures a woman swimming in the open hole of a pontoon-like boat, as well as shots of the Hong Kong shore from the boat.

Hong Kong - harbour, ships, construction

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures the shores of the area as boats large and small navigate through one another in a congested harbour, as well as shots of a nearby construction site.

Hong Kong - airplane

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures an airplane performing loops, banks, and barrel rolls.

Hong Kong - children playing, steam ship band

Item is an amateur film which captures children by the Scott's Hong Kong home skipping, playing, and smiling for the camera; children playing Ring Around the Rosie and cartwheeling; a band playing onboard a large steam ship; and shots of passengers and crew.

Hong Kong : waterskiing, swimming

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures shots of youths waterskiing (possibly at Tweed Bay) and the family playing in the water; drying off; and an unidentified man juggling a paper ball with his feet.

Hong Kong - M.V. Australia

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures several shots of a massive Texaco motor tanker ship, the Australia, of Wilmington, Del.. The film captures black smoke billowing from the Australia's stack, shots of structures on the land from onboard the boat, and uniformed men on the bridge of the ship.

Panchromatic demonstration reel

Item is a Kodak commercial reel, demonstrating the capabilities of Kodak Panchromatic black and white film. The demonstration consists of shots of a variety of natural scenes (including waterfalls, rivers, and ponds); animals (including horses, dogs, and cats); boats (including canoes, sailboats, and a warship); an airplane; and a game with men attempting to capture a flag which sits atop a greased pole.

Hong Kong - harbour, construction, family

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which variously captures a large crowd standing on a dock by a large steam ship in a harbour; panning views of junks and sampans on the water; local laborers being served food; expatriates and local laborers at a construction site; Margaret standing by the Scott's Hong Kong home; a large ship departing from a harbour, with nearby buses and a Texaco station visible; Scott family members posing for the camera; and a view of Hong Kong streets from a tall building.

Hong Kong - Margaret, waterskiing, Scott property

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which variously captures Margaret posing with her mother, dog, and dolls by a window; Margaret holding a rabbit and pushing it in a baby carriage in a backyard; youths waterskiing on large boards; Margaret sitting on her mother's lap on a boat; slow motion captures of dives into the water; reflections of the sun on the water; and boats.

Hong Kong - family, construction, boats

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which variously captures Scott family members smiling for the camera; local laborers carrying large loads over their shoulders at a construction site; Margaret in a fine dress and playing with a doll; and various steam boats and junks floating on the water.

Hong Kong - airplane, men playing

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures a biplane flying; expatriates in suits and local soldiers in uniform sitting together; and the expatriates playfully tossing a ball around.

F. H. Harrison

Item is an amateur film which captures leisurely family time, including family members lounging and talking on boats and the shore; youths paddling small boats; a sunset over the water; a young woman talking in a garden; and a youth holding a dog.

Hong Kong - waterfront, children playing

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Hong Kong which captures a canopied Texaco ship and junks on the ocean; shots of the sun shining over the ocean and through the trees; a young Margaret being spoon-fed and washing her hands in a bucket; a construction site; expatriates wearing pith helmets and bow ties smiling for the camera; and a damaged junk.

The Empress of Asia

Item is an amateur film which captures the ocean liner RMS Empress of Asia as workers on scaffolding use brushes attached to long poles to apply BAPCO anti-corrosive second coat paint to the hull of the large ship. Multiple angles reveal features of the dry-docked ship typically obscured by water, including the ship's propellers and depth markers on the hull.

Victoria - outdoor wedding

Item is an amateur film which captures an outdoor wedding on a sunny day in British Columbia, including a bagpiper playing; the newlyweds walking down the aisle, exchanging vows, and shaking hands with guests; toasts; and cake cutting.

Family movies from 1928 - early roll - Ruby, Chris, Kay - wedding, Valleen etc.

Item is a film consisting of several amateur films that have been spliced together. Footage documents the life of the George and Ruby (nee Wood) Thompson family from approximately 1928-1961. The film includes footage of significant family events such as the couple’s courtship, engagement and 1930 wedding, bringing home their baby daughter Valleen, and Christmas celebrations and holiday meals. Film also includes footage of numerous family scenes and subjects such as playing at the beach, picnicking, swimming, the family’s houses and pets, daughters Valleen and Hellene, and George and Ruby tending to and riding horses.

Film also includes footage of Vancouver attractions, including the Thompsons skiing and playing in the snow at Grouse Mountain circa 1928, and visiting the Stanley Park ornamental gardens and zoo in the 1930s.

The order of the stock date years of the films is as follows: 1929, 1926, 1928, 1939, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1945, 1959, 1955, 1946, 1961, 1948 and 1947.

Poppsie England Wood Family

Item is a film made up of several films that have been spliced together. The film documents the Wood family’s trip to England and contains footage of the steamship journey, the Queen’s Guard parading, a war memorial, St. James’ Park, Buckingham Palace, the Thames, horse races, family scenes, a church, and a wedding. Film also documents locations and events in Vancouver, including the exterior and interior of Wood’s Jewellery Store (Arthur Wood & Co., 2511 Main Street), family gatherings at a house, possibly the Wood family home at 1656 Robson Street, and a troop of cavalry riding in dress uniforms. The stock date years of the film are in the following order: 1926, 1931, 1929, 1931 and 1932.

Cutie

Item is an amateur film depicting a young women sunbathing and frolicking unclothed in a meadow in the woods. The film also includes some footage of a car.

Swimming pool construction and railway construction camp

Item is an amateur film containing footage of the construction of a swimming pool at the Magoffin’s residence, Rockhaven, at 3612 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, and Sam and Margaret Magoffin swimming in the pool with friends. The film also shows Margaret standing in front of Rockhaven. The film then cuts to footage of a sign reading “Multnomah” and then to a street scene in an unidentified city showing cars and people and a group of young boys looking up at the camera. Also included is footage of three men standing near some bunkhouses in a desert-like environment, perhaps near Magoffin’s Lyon Creek project, as well as some track and the outside of a tunnel and equipment. The film finishes with a view of a railway trestle and track and one man sitting in a car and one man standing next to the car, in what appears to be the same location.

1932 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles, California

Item is an amateur film consisting of footage of the 1932 summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Competitions filmed include swimming, rowing and equestrian jumping. Also included is footage of the Olympic flame and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Film was mistakenly identified on reel as footage of the 1936 Olympics.

Pool, view, horse and house

Item is an amateur film showing Margaret Magoffin and another lady coming down some stairs to the edge of the swimming pool and standing by the ocean at the Magoffin’s residence Rockhaven at 3612 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. A man is shown casting a line into the ocean several times, followed by Sam Magoffin and another man swimming in the pool. The film then cuts to footage of a desert-like area, people at a pool, possibly in California or Mexico, and horse races, likely at the same location. This is followed by footage likely taken at Rockhaven showing a golden retriever in the yard and swimming in the ocean, a campfire, and views of the house, garden and the Magoffin’s dogs.

Rail journey through the Rocky Mountains, Victoria, and dog show

Item is an amateur film opening with footage of downtown Vancouver showing several Vancouver Fire Department trucks and engines and a lot filled with lumber, then cutting to footage taken from the back of a moving train, showing snow covered scenery, followed by Sam and Margaret Magoffin standing on a porch with several other people and a dog, Margaret and a man standing in front of a car, and additional footage taken from a moving train showing a sign for Yoho, mountain scenery and the Cathedral train station. The film also contains footage taken in downtown Victoria, B.C. showing the legislative building, Inner Harbour and CPR Steamship Terminal building, followed by dogs, likely the Magoffin’s golden retrievers, and several minutes footage of a dog show.

Family vacation in Cuba

Item is an amateur film containing footage of Sam and Margaret Magoffin in Havana, Cuba and includes scenes at the beach, swimming pool, hotel and Gran Casino Nacional.

House, ugly kid, pool, parade U.S.

Item is an amateur film beginning with scenic footage of a fountain taken during the Magoffin’s trip to Cuba, followed by footage of Sam and Margaret Magoffin walking on the grounds of and taking tea on the terrace of a large house, possibly in West Vancouver. Interspersed in this footage are images showing lions in a caged pen and men shooting rifles. The film also includes footage of people swimming in and lounging around a large swimming pool and the Magoffins and others relaxing in front of a hotel and visiting with a baby. Also included is footage of the 1930 Portland Rose Festival parade, including floats for the Portland Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Richfield Oil (Charles Lindbergh theme), First National Bank, Multnomah County, Japan, Claude Neon Products, Jantzen, and Wonder Bread.

Personal - [Br--?] 1925 - Vancouver 1926 - Prince George - Prince Rupert

Item is an amateur film beginning with footage of a man playing with dogs; wild horses running; Margaret Magoffin driving a car; Sam Magoffin, Margaret and various people and dogs standing on the front stairs of a house; and Sam and three men exiting the S.S. Magoffin & Co. Railway Contractors Tie Department building (possibly in Prince George).

The film also includes footage of Prince Rupert, B.C., including the Prince Rupert Hotel and Sam and Margaret Magoffin on Sixth Avenue with several of the downtown buildings in the background. Also included is footage taken along the waterfront and from aboard the S.S. Prince Rupert, as well as views of the city taken from a high vantage point. Buildings shown in this footage include the fire hall and elevator.

Also contained in the film is footage of a parade in Vancouver taken from a bird’s eye viewpoint. The parade includes footage of mounties on horses, sailors, a pipe band, clowns, animals, and many floats, including floats for Point Grey, the City of Vancouver, the Loyal Order of Moose, Burns Shamrock Brand Products, Vancouver Ice Cream, and a stampede. The film also includes several minutes of footage of a rodeo at Hastings Park, including bronco and bull riding and chuckwagon racing activities. The film also shows Sam and Margaret with other people in front of the Court House and having a picnic on Grouse Mountain. Also included is footage of a military parade by Victory Square, a military review, and a medals ceremony; Mayor L.D. Taylor is shown in attendance at this event.

Vancouver Harbour Northshore Terminal [Railway]

Item is an amateur film showing the work of the S.S. Magoffin & Co. Limited Railway Contractors company during construction of the North Shore Terminal Railway in North Vancouver. Activities documented include the blasting and clearing of soil and rock with steam shovels, railway cars transporting and dumping soil over a trestle and men sawing railway ties. Includes many scenes of workers and other individuals, possibly including Vancouver Harbour Commissioners, footage of land owned by the B.C. Mills Timber and Trading Company Limited.

Northshore Terminal Railway - Vancouver Harbour

Item is an amateur film showing the work of the S.S. Magoffin & Co. Limited Railway Contractors company, likely during construction of the North Shore Terminal Railway in North Vancouver. Activities documented include the blasting and clearing of soil and rock by work crews and steam shovels, locomotives transporting soil and rock, and railway cars dumping the soil. Also included is footage of a barge used to transport a steam shovel and locomotive, and the offloading of the steam shovel from the barge. The film also shows the clearing of land with a brush fire and men using hoses to control the fire, as well as men working on the track. There are several shots of unidentified individuals, possibly including Vancouver Harbour Commissioners, throughout the film; Sam Magoffin appears briefly with three other men at 15:56 (third from the left). The film finishes with a shot of locomotives moving soil, with the Vancouver skyline in the background.

Everest - CR [camera roll] 27-29

Film is original raw footage for the film "Everest - climb for hope." Camera: Collier/Gibson Sound: Noble/Morrow. Includes scenes of breaking camp and packing up, pack animals, and drinking tea with monks.

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