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Williams Bros. Photographers Collection

  • AM1545
  • Fonds
  • [1940]-1999

The collection consists of negatives, transparencies, prints, negative registers and client cards created or collected by Williams Bros. Photographers Ltd. The collection is comprised of three series: Howard King photographs; Steffens-Colmer Studios Ltd. and Don Coltman Company Photographs and Williams Bros. Photographers Ltd.

Williams, Donn B.A.

Chairlift [Mount Seymour, reel 1]

Item is a film showing men making and assembling the machine parts for the Mount Seymour Chair Lift. Description from the B.C. Archives: Construction of the Mount Seymour chair lift, from the fabrication and casting of components at machine shops and foundries, transportation of components to the site, etc. through on-site construction, assembly, testing, opening and actual operation of the lift system during ski season.

Chairlift [Mount Seymour, reel 2]

Item is a film showing men making and assembling the machine parts for the Mount Seymour Chair Lift. The parts are packed and a truck transports the materials to Mount Seymour. Description from the B.C. Archives: Construction of the Mount Seymour chair lift, from the fabrication and casting of components at machine shops and foundries, transportation of components to the site, etc. through on-site construction, assembly, testing, opening and actual operation of the lift system during ski season.

Chairlift [Mount Seymour, reel 3]

Item is a film showing men making and assembling the machine parts for the Mount Seymour Chair Lift. Description from the B.C.Archives: Construction of the Mount Seymour chair lift, from the fabrication and casting of components at machine shops and foundries, transportation of components to the site, etc. through on-site construction, assembly, testing, opening and actual operation of the lift system during ski season.

Chairlift [Mount Seymour, reel 4]

Item is a film showing the opening of the Mount Seymour chair lift with speeches and inspection certificate presentation. People line up to use the chairlift and ski around the slopes. Description from the B.C. Archives: Construction of the Mount Seymour chair lift, from the fabrication and casting of components at machine shops and foundries, transportation of components to the site, etc. through on-site construction, assembly, testing, opening and actual operation of the lift system during ski season.

Foundations and substructure for Port Mann Bridge

Item is an industrial film. Film contains animated graphics and live-action footage showing the construction of seven concrete piers on the Fraser River and shots of bridge site and construction of bridge. The completed Port Mann Bridge is not shown. Film was sponsored by Perini Pacific Ltd. and produced by Lew Weekes.

Return Victorious!

Item is a film showing the North Vancouver School Band welcomed back to Vancouver after having won the Canadian National Exhibition band championship. Band members are greeted at the CPR station by family members. North Vancouver Mayor William Angus, and school board Chairman Robert S. Thorpe speak. The band travels in a procession of cars across Lion's Gate Bridge and through North Vancouver to a school auditorium. Various shots of cameramen filming the event throughout. Individuals involved include: Doug McKay (camera operator), Lew Weekes (camera operator), Ronald Wood (Director). Produced by Astra Productions.

Steffens-Colmer Studios Ltd. and Don Coltman Company Photographs

Series consists of negatives and prints created by Don Coltman under the company names of Don Coltman Company Photographics and Steffens-Colmer Studios Ltd. Photographers. Also included are negative records books. Images reflect the entire range of Don Coltman's work, including personal interests and travels, commercial, advertising and portraiture. Geographic areas represented pertain primarily to British Columbia, in particular Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver areas and also includes Alberta, Ontario, Yukon Territories and Alaska. The wide range of subjects provides a record of Vancouver during World War II and the immediate post-war period. Subjects include: war efforts pertaining to air raid precautions throughout B.C., propaganda and fundraising activities of the National War Finance Campaign, end of war celebrations, military encampments from B.C. to Alberta; women in non-traditional occupations; industries and small businesses (including canneries, ports, sawmills, fishing, pulp and paper making and manufacturing); aspects of Vancouver community life such as Community Chest activities, events and sports activities; representation of First Nations people (featuring women, children, encampments, potlatch ceremonies and schools); physical aspects of Vancouver (such as aerials, parks, bridges, beaches, streets, buildings, schools, shipyard and docks); and portraiture (weddings and individuals).

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