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Seen enroute England to Vancouver April 1928

Item consists of a home movie documenting a journey from England to Vancouver. The route of travel was from Southampton, across the Atlantic to New York City, through northern Ontario and the town of White River, along Lake Superior, across the prairies, and finally through Fraser Canyon, BC. Each section is introduced and explained by title cards. The film includes shots of the RMS Homeric and the RMS Aquitania in Southampton port, the Statue of Liberty, the New York City skyline, landscape footage of Ontario, the prairies, Fraser Canyon, and the Cisco Bridges.

Adam, Joseph Cowan

Vancouver airport opening

Item consists of a motion picture film containing Fox Movietone Newsreel footage of the opening of the Sea Island airport in Vancouver. The footage begins with a man prop-starting a small plane. Some shots of a group of men standing next to the plane are followed by the plane taxiing on the runway (VH-UPS on the side). Another shot of the same group of men [possibly including Mayor L.D. Taylor?] is followed by a cockpit shot of the pilot in the plane. Shots of the hanger and terminal building are followed by an unidentified speaker addressing the audience with a microphone and a brass band behind him.

Fox Movietone News

Alaskan Scenery and the Chinese Exhibit at Vancouver's Golden Jubilee

Item is a moving image/film documenting a Chinese performance at Vancouver's Golden Jubilee celebration that includes a theatrical stage show, a trapeze artist, and moving images of the Chinese Arch erected at Pender Street near Carrall Street. There are also images of an unknown beach. This section is preceded by the title frame: Chinese Exhibit Golden Jubilee at Vancouver, B.C.. Film also includes footage taken from a passanger ship moving up the Alaskan coast. The stops are separated by the title frames: Ketchikan, Alaska; Castle Rock; and Peril Straits.

Westminster Bridge - Oliver, Patullo Bridge - Lions Gate

Item is a film containing footage of a rural farm area, children playing, Boy Scouts, baseball in a field, a truck laying asphalt onto the road, Pattullo Bridge construction and completion, the New Westminster waterfront, Vancouver skyline from Stanley Park, Second Beach swimming pool, view of partially finished Lions Gate Bridge from Stanley Park, English Bay, the Sylvia Hotel and City Hall.

Highlights of 1938

Item is a videocassette transfer copy of a 1938 amateur motion picture film depicting a year retrospective for 1938 for the Adam family. The film depicts the family's new house (5689 Angus Drive, W. 40th Ave); travelled on the RMS Queen Mary from New York City to Southampton, England; prepared their yacht for the season; went on holiday to Qualicum Beach, Montague Harbour, and Deep Bay; moved into their new house; and had a baby.

The film also includes local events: construction of the Lion?s Gate Bridge; CPR pier D after being destroyed by fire; burning of a local ice and cold storage plant along with the efforts of firefighters to extinguish the blaze. Other locations visible in the film include Pier 54 in New York, Coal Harbour, the Marine Building and the Royal Bank Building in Vancouver.

Adam, Joseph Cowan

1st Narrows Bridge

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.

Vancouver marches on (Part 3)

Item consists of part of a motion picture film which depicts the history of Vancouver. The production is an amateur film in four parts. The history of Vancouver is told through a series of filmed photo stills, ?borrowed? film footage from other sources, and original film segments. Narration is provided with intertitles and scrolling and animated text.

Reel three features: the arrival of a Canadian Pacific steamship, crowds meeting it at port, and the unloading of cargo; construction of the Lions Gate Bridge; sports, including boxing, horse racing, and speed boating; the fishing industry with shots of fishing boats unloading their catch outside the National Fisheries Cannery and net mending and preparation; and Remembrance Day services at the cenotaph in Victory Square.

Cooke, Larry

We drivers (part 1)

Item is a motion picture film produced for local Vancouver garages, which discusses issues related to automobile maintenance. The film depicts tune-up procedures, discussing each step while illustrating it on screen. Included are scenes of a car on a lift and contemporary gasoline pumps. A discussion of automotive safety is accompanied by a rendering of "The Motorists Prayer" and footage of damaged cars. The film includes a drive to Little Mountain and around Stanley Park, showing Brockton Point, Lumberman's Arch, and Prospect Point, taking notice of the various license plates from around the world. The film ends with footage of boxing and other physical exercise.

We drivers (part 2)

Item is a film containing part 2 of We Drivers. Film contains footage of North Vancouver, a picnic at Horseshoe Bay, Howe Sound, road from Marine Drive to Grouse Mountain, Grouse Mountain highway and Chalet, the gate to Grouse Mountain; the view from Grouse Mountain, hiking around Grouse Mountain, ferry from North Vancouver to downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver skyline from the Burrard Inlet, a band stand, horse racing at Hastings Park and speed boat racing at Harrison Lake. Produced for Trimble Service Garage.

1) Howe Sound Cruise 2) [Grand Coulee Dam Construction] - SF/Golden Gate 3) Van Streets Pre-Royal Visit

Item is a film containing footage of the Howe Sound cruise ship leaving the Burrard Inlet harbour in downtown Vancouver, the Marine Building, Hotel Vancouver, a cruise ship passing by Lighthouse Park and docking in Howe Sound, Britannia Beach, the Britannia Mine, the Grand Coulee Dam construction and land excavation. Film also shows a sequence at a zoo with tigers and bears, a car driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, Vancouver street scenes with flags and banners in preparation for the royal visit, City Hall and views looking north from the Burrard Bridge at downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver marches on (Part 2)

Item consists of part of a motion picture film which depicts the history of Vancouver. The production is an amateur film in four parts. The history of Vancouver is told through a series of filmed photo stills, ?borrowed? film footage from other sources, and original film segments. Narration is provided with intertitles and scrolling and animated text.

Reel two features Vancouver airport, including a biplane (Lockheed Model 10 Electra) and a Canadian Airways passenger plane, the airport hangar and terminal building; shots of a steamer ship entering the harbour; the Marine Building, Hotel Vancouver, and the Burrard Street Bridge;coverage of the opening of Vancouver City Hall (parade with a pipe band, a car with dignitaries (possibly Mayor Gerry McGreer), and Mounties); the Pattullo Bridge; an unidentified paper mill and surrounding landscape; the funeral of George V; excavation work for the foundations of the Lions Gate Bridge; the abdication of Edward VIII and his subsequent marriage to Wallis Simpson.

Cooke, Larry

Silver Lodge Colour - Dogs/Cats/Kids [B&W]

Item is a film containing both black and white and colour footage. Colour portion of film shows rural area, a body of water with tugboat and barge, horse back riding at the Silver Lodge Riding Academy and candid shots of people on horses. Black and white portion shows a residential area (possibly Vancouver), kids and young men playing catch in the backyard, woman feeding treats to cats and a dog doing tricks, Hastings street showing various hotels and retail buildings, the BC Electric building, the Carnegie Library, playground with people on teeter-totters and swings (probably in Stanley Park), grizzly bears at the zoo (probably Stanley Park, the entrance to the Stanley Park Causeway and Vancouver City Hall.

We drivers (part 3)

Item is a film containing part 3 of We Drivers. The film opens with the Inter-title: "Having said goodbye to the cowboys, we go to the Arrow Lakes." Film contains footage showing the sternwheeler S.S. "Minto", Nakusp, scenes of lakes and towns, a steamboat, Arrow Park, Carrolls Landing, Burton, Penticton, beach scenes and the return to Vancouver. Produced for Trimble Service Garage.

Vancouver marches on (Part 1)

Item consists of part of a motion picture film which depicts the history of Vancouver. The production is an amateur film in four parts. The history of Vancouver is told through a series of filmed photo stills, ?borrowed? film footage from other sources, and original film segments. Narration is provided with intertitles and scrolling and animated text.

Reel one includes: discovery of the site of Vancouver by George Vancouver, Old Hastings Mill Store, the great 1886 fire, the arrival of steam ships and the CPR, the beginnings of industrialisation in Vancouver until the First World War, WWI and the war front, George V and the Prince of Wales, post-war recovery, economic boom, the 1929 stock market crash, a 1932 stock recovery. Prosperity and youth are illustrated with women?s calisthenics (possibly Pro-Rec activities), busses, trams, street scenes, and shots of buildings on the UBC campus.

Cooke, Larry

[Home gas stations in the Lower Mainland]

Item is a documentary film documenting home gas stations in the Lower Mainland in the 1930s. The film contains footage primarily of the building structures, however, the occasional glimpses of a vehicle, person and landscape can be seen as well. Specifically, this film documents United Service Station (6th and 8th New Westminster), South Westminster Service (RR#1 New Westminster), Handford Service Station (Scott and McLennan Rd.), Levreoult Service Station (Ladner, B.C.), Beach Grove Service Station (Boundary Bay, B.C.), Crescent Beach Service (Crescent Beach, B.C.), Mac s Auto Service (White Rock, B.C.), Central Garage (Cloverdale, B.C.), O Brian Service Station (Cloverdale, B.C.), Port Kells Service Station (Part Kells, B.C.), Olympic Service Station (RR#3 New Westminster), Auto and Machinery Service (Pacific Highway, New Westminster), Lawrence Motors (10th and Carnarvon), Ideal Service Station (10th and Columbia, New Westminster), Mountain View Service Station (202, 6th New Westminster), Summit Service Station (2000 Douglas Road, New Westminster), Hilton Bros. (Langley Prairie, B.C.), Home Beacon Service (Milner, B.C.), Fort Langley Transportation Co. (Fort Langley, B.C.), Kerr s Truck Line (Langley Prairie, B.C.), B&A Garage (Langley Prairie, B.C.), Ross Bros. (Abbotsford, B.C.), and Burnier and Desmazes (Abbotsford, B.C.).

[Home gas stations in Vancouver and Lower Mainland]

Item is a documentary film documenting home gas stations in the Lower Mainland in the 1930s. The film contains footage primarily of the building structures, however, the occasional glimpses of a vehicle or a person can be seen as well. Specifically, this film documents Brett s Service Station (Chilliwack, B.C.), Mrs. Leach Home Corner (RR. L, Yale Road East, Chilliwack), Rosedale Garage (Rosedale, B.C.), Harrison Lake Transportation Co. Service Station (Harrison Lake, B.C.), Ed. Eklund (Matsqui, B.C.), Routledge Motors Ltd. (Matsqui, B.C.), Distributing Plant (Mission, B.C.), Central Service Station (Mission, B.C.), Routledge Motors Ltd. (Mission, B.C.), Boothbys Service Station (Mission, B.C.), Ed. Jones (Silverdale, B.C.), P.J. Wilson (Ruskin Dam, B.C.), Maple Ridge Motors (Haney, B.C.), Thompson s Service Station (Pitt Meadows, B.C.), Quadling s Service Station (901 Brunette St., New Westminster, B.C.), Reliable Service Station (914 Kingsway, city), Fraserview Service Station (1706 E. Marine, City), Shields Service Station (49th and Victoria), Excelsior Garage (5704 Victoria Drive), Grant Motors (49th and Fraser Ave.), Rapid Service Station (4102 Fraser Ave.), Keystone Service Station (19th and Main St.), Nagle Bros. (18 Water St.), Favorite Garage (596 E. Hastings St.), Limares Service Station (12th and Commercial Drive), Grandview Super Service (2098 Commercial Drive), Vernon Service Station (Vernon and Venables), Moosomin Service Station (Grandview highway, Ardley, B.C.), Grandview Auto Camp (Grandview Highway), and Burnaby Lake Service Station (Douglas and Spearling, Burnaby).

[Home gas stations in Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster]

Item is a documentary film documenting Home gas stations in the Lower Mainland in the 1930s. The film contains footage primarily of the building structures, however, the occasional glimpses of a vehicle, person and landscape can be seen as well. Specifically, this film documents National Service Station (1695 Main St.), Crescent Motors (263 East 7th Ave.), Southill Motors (2704 Kingsway), Carleton Service Station (Joyce and Kingsway, City), Joyce Road Garage (4905 Joyce Rd., City), Central Park Garage (4651 Kingsway, Burnaby), Pacific Avenue Garage (4495 Kingsway, New Westminster), Rose Auto Camp (4166 Kingsway, Burnaby), Burnaby Tourist Lodge (4050 Kingsway, New Westminster), Jubilee Garage (3600 Nelson St., Burnaby), Hollywood Service Station (2674 Kingsway, New Westminster), Kingsway and Dublin Service (Kingsway and Dublin, New Westminster), Morrison s Garage (1102 Kingsway, New Westminster), Brandon Auto Livery (512 W.Georgia St.), and Holland Service Station (125 Robson St.).

[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.

Capilano

Item is a promotional film for the British Properties Limited, Capilano Estates containing title cards. The film shows the properties including houses, the golf course, the tool house, the club house and surrounding landscape. The film also shows the clearing of land by British Properties.

Vancouver marches on (Part 4)

Item consists of part of a motion picture film which depicts the history of Vancouver. The production is an amateur film in four parts. The history of Vancouver is told through a series of filmed photo stills, ?borrowed? film footage from other sources, and original film segments. Narration is provided with intertitles and scrolling and animated text.

Reel four features: equestrian displays; the Czechoslovakian Sudetenland crisis of 1938 with intertitles hoping for goodwill, wisdom, and peace; completion of the Lions Gate Bridge and the opening of the bridge to pedestrian and automobile traffic; the royal visit of George VI and Queen Elizabeth; footage of a steamship travelling under the Lions Gate Bridge and footage of the bridge from the water and ground; footage of the harbour; a photo of the downtown skyline and a scrolling text tribute to Vancouver extolling how much the city has progressed in the preceding fifty years.

Cooke, Larry

[Home gas stations on Vancouver Island]

Item is a documentary film documenting home gas stations in the Lower Mainland in the 1930s. The film contains footage primarily of the building structures, however, occasional glimpses of a vehicle, person and landscape can be seen as well. Specifically, this film documents Douglas Service (Hillside and Government), Piggott Auto Camp (595 Gorge Road), Atkinson s Garage (617 Vancouver St.), Monzer s Service (1835 Pandora St.), Gettles Service (Sooke, B.C.), Island Highway Garage (Island Highway), W.A. Kippen (Scenic View Malahat), Island Gateway Service (Island Hill), Duncan Garage Ltd. (Duncan, B.C.), Chas. Fielden (Duncan, B.C.), Roger De C. Veale (Westholme, B.C.), J. Hutchison (Ladysmith, B.C.), Mrs. E. Galloway (Cassidy, B.C.), Jos. Taylor (South Wellington, B.C.), Wm. Newrick (Wellington, B.C.), Parksville Beach Garage (Parksville, B.C.), Ernest Baker (Coombs, B.C.), G. McGariggle (Port Alberni, B.C.), Hamilton electric (Port Alberni, B.C.), Bartlett s Store (Qualicum Bay, B.C.), J. Nakano (Cumberland, B.C.), A. Hogg (Sandwick, B.C.), Vancouver Island Coach Lines (Campbell River, B.C.), Tom Baker (Grantham, B.C.), Comox auto Camp (Comox, B.C.), Wm. Ardley (Courtnay, B.C.), Macdonald Electric (Courtnay, B.C.), Corfield Motors (Courtnay, B.C.), and Distributing Plant (Courtnay, B.C.).

B.C. Peat, Stanley Park, Indian River, Airport

Item is a film containing footage of the BC peat plant construction in Delta, the Vancouver Airport featuring Lew Parry rocket structure, planes taking off and landing with North Shore Mountains in the background, scenes of Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge, Scenes from somewhere else outside Vancouver (Howe Sound?). Hikers walking through a river valley.

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.

Horse races and Shetland Ponies, Virginia and Family

Item is a film containing footage of a pageant, people riding horses and ponies, the Capilano Suspension Bridge and surrounding area, the Capilano River valley and surrounding trails, orchestra at Malkin Bowl, a picnic, children playing in backyard and wading pool (possibly at 3846 West 10th), May Day Parade in downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park gardens, George Vancouver statue and City Hall campus, Vancouver skyline view from City Hall and children playing in grassy area.

The Rodeo

Item is an amateur film documenting the Callister Exhibition Park Rodeo of 1944. The film contains footage of riders in events such as steer decorating, wild cow milking, bronk riding, steer riding, bareback riding and wild horse racing. Judge Henry Castillou is featured in the section titled "Ride 'Em Henry." The film also contains background footage of the park's roller coaster.

McCuaig home movie

Item is a film showing aviation scenes from with an airplane cockpit and aerial views of warships, snow scenes, on duty and candid street shots in Europe, the excavation of lot at 2316 W. 22nd Avenue, and the 1946 PNE Parade. People identified are Jean and Kenny McCuaig, their dog Perky, and Owen Wheatcroft.

Vancouver Jubilee

Item is a promotional film showing the Diamond Jubilee celebration events, a brief history of Vancouver and concludes with footage of Vancouver after 1945. The film shows historical photographs of Vancouver and focuses on various aspects of development in Vancouver including industry, media, communications, transportation, power plants, city planning, city governance, tourism and architecture.

The film was commissioned by the Vancouver Jubilee Publicity Committee and later sponsored by the British Columbia Electric Company Ltd.

Individuals involved in the creation of the film include: John Young (Director of Photography), L.E. Weekes (Cameraman), Maureen Balfe (Editor), Gordon Inglis and Margaret Jestley (Narrators), C. Fredenburgh (Lighting), L.M. Parry (Producer), William D. Dix (Director)

This film is a re-print made by the Vancouver Museum in the late 1970's for a program called "Vancouver's Heritage in Film".

Trans-Canada Films

Pacific Great Eastern Railway - 1949

Item is a film showing the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. Titles at the beginning note that this train travels through the Cariboo, and central and northern British Columbia. Most of the film shows scenery from a moving train, likely travel ling down the B.C. coast. Towards the end of the film, the train arrives at its final destination, Howe Sound. The camera operator boards a ferry which travels west along the Burrard Inlet to Vancouver’s harbor. There are shots of the Lions Gate Bridge, and the Vancouver skyline.

Central Park

Item is a film showing the Central Park Interurban line, and of the city from aboard the interurban. Notable scenes include parts of downtown Vancouver, Hastings Street and what appears to be the line along Vanness Avenue, now the Expo skytrain line. Street signs, buildings, houses, signboards and greenery are shown.

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