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McFadden - James and family

Collector/curator's description reads: “Circa 1937, Vancouver. Colourized family photo of (left to right): James Holiday McFadden; Vera (Taylor) McFadden and Charles Angus McFadden (born 1928). James had arrived from Virginia in 1927 and worked with the CPR as a porter. Vera's family had come to Nova Scotia, Canada via the Underground Railroad. The family lived for several years near Main and 5th. A favourite outing was a trip to Chinatown for a meal. The Hong Kong Cafe was a favourite diner.”

Miss Chinatown 1960

Item is an amateur film of the 1960 Miss Chinatown competition. Film includes footage of the evening gown, Chinese dress, public speaking and talent competitions, the selection of pageant finalists, and the crowning of the winner.

Nazell - 1945

Collector/curator's description reads: “1945, Vancouver. Maj-Britt Nazell (20) with her parents, Samuel and Christina Nazell. The family immigrated from Sweden in 1927 after a fire destroyed their farm. Maj-Britt recalls this was her favourite dress and she bought it on a lay-away plan, as she did with most of her clothing at that time. The dress was, in fact, grey. And in an identical hand-painted photo, the dress is grey. However, in this image, the dress has been tinted blue and helps the attractive young woman to stand out in what is otherwise a monochromatic photo. During the war, Maj-Britt found herself frequently in Chinatown after a party or dance, enjoying Chinese food at WK Gardens until the wee hours of the morning. ‘It was an adventure.’ Her father ran a rooming house on East Hastings.”

Nazell family 1945

Collector/curator's description reads: “1945, Vancouver. Maj-Britt Nazell (20) with her parents, Samuel and Christina Nazell. The family immigrated from Sweden in 1927 after a fire destroyed their farm. Maj-Britt recalls this was her favourite dress and she bought it on a lay-away plan, as she did with most of her clothing at that time. The dress was, grey, as shown in this photo. However, in an identical hand-painted photo, the dress tinted blue which helps Maj-Britt stand out in a rather monochromatic photo. During the war, Maj-Britt found herself frequently in Chinatown after a party or dance, enjoying Chinese food at WK Gardens until the wee hours of the morning. ‘It was an adventure.’ Her father ran a rooming house on East Hastings.”

Opera performance - 1940s

Collector/curator's description reads: “C. 1940s, Vancouver. Photo of an opera performer in costume and on stage. The performer looks to be the actress Shwu-Hoang Po Hing. Two young Chinese girls and two adult men, one of whom is Louis Gain Wai, the owner of the Chung King Restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown and a big supporter of the arts. They are on stage with the actress and appear to be preparing to offer the actress some gifts. This is the first of two photos taken at this performance.”

Quan - Gwendolyn Jane - 1927

Collector/curator's description reads: “November 1927, Vancouver. Photo of infant Gwendolyn Jane Quan, aged 8 months. Was born March 5, 1927 and raised in New Westminster. Her father was a tailor and ran a shop, along with her mother, in New Westminster. Graduated from Grade 12 and worked for several years as a teller in the CIBC branch at Pender and Main St[reet] in Chinatown. She married WWII veteran Frank Wong and together they had three daughters.”

Quan - Shoong Wing and sons - c. 1935

Collector/curator's description reads: “Circa 1935, Vancouver. Photo Quan Shoong Wing (seated centre) and his two sons. (Left to right): Quan Sew Gai (aka Robert Quan); Quan Shoong Wing (seated centre); and Quan Sew Guey (also known as Arthur Quan) who was the son of Shoong Wing. Quan Shoong Wing was a prominent figure in Chinatown and in the Chinese Benevolent Association until his death. He was a partner in various Chinatown enterprises and owned the West End block building where he allowed his son Arthur and his family to live in a modest suite. Later in life, Shoong Wing ran a grocery store on the corner of the West End block. Apparently, Arthur was adopted having been born in China to an actress in a Shanghai Opera troupe.”

Rose and Jessie front of studio - c. 1942

Collector/curator’s description reads: “C. 1942, Vancouver. Rose (left) and Jessie (right) Chow standing in front of Yucho Chow Studio at 518 Main Street, Chinatown, Vancouver. Rose was the second daughter of photographer Yucho Chow and Jessie was his third and youngest daughter. Jessie worked for years in the studio as the colourist: hand painting black and white photos with coloured oil paints. (Note: Next to the street number "518" is the designation CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHER.)”

Seens [scenes] of Van[couver], Capilano, Stanley Park

Item is a film showing various scenes around Vancouver. The first half of this film documents a Gray Line Tours bus trip through Vancouver and second half contains scenes showing landmarks of Vancouver and surrounding areas. Film contains footage showing: Empress of Japan Figurehead in Stanley Park, U.B.C., Chinatown, Hotel Georgia, Lion's Gate Bridge, Court House, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Capilano Golf and Country Club, Prospect Point, Stanley Park, views of downtown and North Shore Mountains from Little Mountain, City Hall, sailboats in Burrard Inlet, and Swimmers at Kits Beach.

Shwu-Hoang Po Hing - 1941

Collector/curator's description reads: “C. 1941, Vancouver. Hand colourized photo of Chinese actress Shwu-Hoang Po Hing. This photo was found in the collection of Louis Gain Wai, a Vancouver Chinatown businessman who owned the Chung King Restaurant. He was a big supporter of the arts and in his collection are seven different photos of this actress.”

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