Series consists of photographs produced for the P.N.E. and a small number collected by its staff. Photographs document both the Pacific National Exhibition and other events that took place at the Hastings Park site.
Photographs of the fair depict the full range of activities, including: displays, competitions and shows, ceremonies, the annual parade in downtown Vancouver, as well as a wide range of photographs of the Hastings Park site and the interiors and exteriors of various buildings. Some photographs were made by PNE staff as a means of making copies of other types of records, such as architectural drawings and graphic materials such as posters and advertisements, and were kept by staff as part of their photograph collection.
Photographs not related to the fair depict: the military occupation of the grounds, and the use of the grounds as a holding centre for Japanese and Japanese-Canadian internees during Work War II; activities at the Exhibition Park racecourse located at Hastings Park; and various conventions, fairs, entertainment shows and other events staged at the site outside of the fair.
The photographers and/or studios responsible for taking the photos in this series include: Dominion Photo, Gordon Photos, Steffens-Colmer, Leonard Frank Photos, Art Jones, Art Ray,, W. Bennett, Patton's Studio, Graphic Industries Limited, Hodges Photo, George Allen Aerial Photos, Jack Lindsey Photos, Bob Tipple, Ice Capades Incorporated, and William Bros. Photographers