Series consists of records documenting the personal, family and professional life of Vancouver business and philanthropist Harry Lin Chin.
The series contains home movies predominantly documenting various family events: weddings, vacations, visits from friends and relatives, sights and events around Vancouver, and other family gatherings. The series also includes footage of Mr. Chin's business, Keefer Wholesale Florists.
Fonds consists of records documenting the personal, family and professional life of Vancouver business and philanthropist Harry Lin Chin.
The fonds contains home movies predominantly documenting various family events: weddings, vacations, visits from friends and relatives, sights and events around Vancouver, and other family gatherings. The fonds also includes footage of Mr. Chin's business, Keefer Wholesale Florists.
Item is a film showing the inaugural journey of Lady Lynn, a small fishing boat. The boat is driven through Vancouver to the docks, where it is placed into the water. The film shows multiple fishing trips with friends and family to Deep Cove, Galiano Island, and other places likely in and around the Burrard Inlet. There is footage of travelling along the water north of Stanley Park, under the Lions Gate Bridge, passing by the light house at Brockton Point, and around the marine gas stations in Coal Harbour. There is also footage of the Mount Seymour Coffee Bar and the Galiano Lodge.
Item is a family film containing scenes of a family vacation throughout Alberta, including Jasper National Park, Edmonton, Calgary, Banff National Park and Lake Louise. The film also documents the construction at Keefer Wholesale Florist at 310 Prior Street. Pre-formed concrete slabs are lifted and tilted to make the walls of a building. The construction process also documents the various companies working on the building: Lift and Tilt Concrete, Delta Masonry, B.C. Conveying Machinery, Viking Automatic Sprinkler. The final section of the film shows the opening ceremony of Keefer Wholesale with people gathering, a band playing, speeches (silent), and dancing.
Item is a film showing the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal area including footage of construction at the terminal, cars loading on the ferry and the ferry departing from the terminal. The film also contains footage of people digging with shovels around a rural cabin property. There is also footage of docks and water, possibly at Porpoise Bay or Tillicum Bay.
Item is a film showing travel to the Las Vegas strip including hotels, casinos and desert. Film also contains air travel footage showing airport security, flight attendants serving beverages and aerial views of the US and San Francisco. Towards the end of the film, there is footage of the Vancouver Airport from the plane, and the arrivals terminal. The film ends with footage of the UBC Japanese Garden (Nitobe?) and parking lot.
Item is a film showing a parade on Pender Street with people dancing and walking with banners, as well as a scene with a group posing for photographs. The second part of the film shows dance performances on an indoor stage. Writing on box suggests the performances are by the Strathcona Folk Dance group and a dance group visiting from China.
Item is a film showing the Chinese National Convention taking place at the Chinese Freemasons Building at 5 West Pender Street. Film contains footage of people gathered in a room delivering speeches, followed by a banquet.
Item is film containing footage of the Grey Cup parades in 1955 and 1958 on Hastings Street. Film shows parade floats, automobiles, Shriners, Miss Grey Cup winners, CFL floats, marching bands, RCMP and cheerleaders.
Item is a film containing footage of the PNE grounds including rides, concession, and shows. Film also contains scenes of Stanley Park, Prospect Point, the Lions Gate Bridge and picnic scenes with family. Individuals in the film include: Mr. and Mrs. Poon, Mrs. Jack, Mr. and Mrs. Gum Lowe and Deby, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Chan, Judy.
Item is a film showing footage of social scenes in a living room, snow scenes outside, people loading a truck with boxes, a basketball game with the Harlem Globetrotters, a ping pong tournament and an ice hockey game.
Item is a film showing the Gee How Oak Tin Benevolent Association convention at the Chicago chapter, firecrackers and lion dancers in front of the Chicago Chinese Benevolent Association, indoor museum scenes (possibly in Chicago), exterior and parking lot of the Vancouver Museum and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, an outdoor barbecue with games at a park with the sign "Chin-ook Fish and Game Club".
Item is a film containing footage of a Christmas party at Keith Chan's house, Vancouver City Hall festive lights at night, a party with people gathering in a living room and kitchen, snowy scene at Vancouver's Exhibition Park on Renfrew street, a frozen river and bridge, a farm setting, people skating and playing ice hockey on a frozen pond.
Item is a film showing the view from inside an automobile travelling the road along the Stanley Park causeway and going across the Lions Gate Bridge towards the North Shore. Film contains scenes from within the car, the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, aboard the ferry, scenes along the Malahat highway, Duncan, Ladysmith, Malahat Lookout, Victoria Auto Court Motel. The film concludes with a return trip to Vancouver, driving across the Granville Street Bridge, through downtown and across a viaduct.
Item is a film showing various scenes at 1118 Powell Street including shoveling snow in front yard, mowing the lawn, teenagers and adults inside house on Christmas, a birthday party and a snowball fight. The film includes many shots of the B.C. Sugar refinery building across the street from the house 1118 Powell Street.
Item is a film showing the boat (“Lady Keevan”) loaded from a dry dock at Main and Union Streets to a truck to be transported to the water. Film also shows a whale being pulled from the water onto a dock and is cut apart, dock at Telegraph Cove, scenes on the water at River, Knight and Jervis Inlets, and the exterior of the Malibu Club House at Egmont, B.C.
Item is a film narrated by Harry Lin Chin in both Chinese and English. Film contains footage showing the demolition of the Immigration Building, magnolia trees, Vancouver Museum and parking lot, Vanier Park, Burrard Street Bridge, views of North Shore and West End from Vanier Park, views of North Shore, Burrard Inlet, Chinatown, and downtown Vancouver from the revolving Harbour Tower restaurant, and scenes aboard the sea bus.
Item is a film showing P.N.E. parades and the P.N.E. grounds. The film contains footage of parade floats, cheerleaders, marching bands, Mounties and Shriners. The film also shows crowds gathered in downtown Vancouver, and features the surrounding buildings and landmarks, likely on Hastings Street. The film contains candid shots of the P.N.E. grounds including P.N.E. visitors boarding amusement park rides, participating in arcade games, eating at concession stands, looking at attractions and attending the horse races.
Item is a film showing a group of men leaving Harry Chin's house at 1118 Powell Street, people in and standing around a Cadillac, a family fishing excursion and scenes at the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Item is a film containing footage of the Chin family collecting driftwood at the beach, views from aboard the ferry and of the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, a gathering of the Gee How Oak Tin association in the Chin Wing Chun building, exterior shots of storefronts on the 500 block of Main street, vacation footage in Yoho Park, Lake Louise and Roger's Pass and scenes in the Alpine Aqua canning factory.
Item is a home movie which documents Stanley Park and the outer harbour of Vancouver. It pictures pedestrians in Stanley Park and on the sea wall, and various animal exhibits in the Stanley Park Zoo in early spring, and includes pan views of the lighthouse and North Vancouver from the Stanley Park sea wall, the collapsed 2nd Narrows Bridge in the harbour (collapsed June 1958) and Navy ships.
The film documents the April 23, 1952 United Grain Growers fire from different angles and a different fire on the North Shore near Lion's Gate Bridge. The film also shows scenes of Queen Elizabeth Park in Spring with views of over Vancouver. The film ends with an airforce aerial show from a view on the ground in a field and one of "Vancouver's last streetcars" giving free rides on the Hastings East Line on April 24, 1955.
Item is a film which documents the Keefer Florist storefront and greenhouses. A gardener is filmed packaging plants and two women are filmed placing flowers on graves at Oceanview Cemetery (Burnaby). It appears to be an advertisement.
Item is a film is of a young woman holding two Chinese dolls, followed by long shots of decorative porcelain figurines in a house. Next, Marilyn Norgaard models with daffodils for a photographer. Two cards with a photograph of Norgaard read "Spring is here almost! Marilyn got into the spirit of it all and posed happily for Cameramam!"
Item is a film depicting a visit to Barkerville. It starts with an image of a wooden structure and a sign that explains that it is a recreation of the pumps used in Cornish tin mines.This is followed by El Dorado Placer Mine, operated by the Barkerville Advisory Committee of the provincial Parks Branch, in Barkerville Historic Town. Tourists are filmed panning in troughs of water and walking around the historic buildings. Inside the exhibits, wax figures have been set in domestic scenes. A crowd of people is filmed waiting to see Gold Fever at a building called the Theatre Royal. Inside, female dancers and a male musician are filmed performing on a stage.
Item is a home movie of a wedding. A bride and groom speak in front of what appear to be wedding presents. They are filmed leaving the house with the family while someone sets off fireworks before they all drive to the ceremony. Part of the ceremony in the church is filmed before the family is again pictured leaving and arriving at the reception hall. The bride and groom pose for photographs before the reception. There is a reception line followed by clips of speeches, dancing and socializing.
Item is a home movie depicting a Shriner parade. The camera person stands in the crowd while Shriner men march past in regiments and bands or ride on car floats. Hastings Street and the Patricia Hotel are identifiable.
Item is a home movie of two women holding a baby and opening gifts with baby clothes. Then the baby is shown as a toddler crawling around a carpet and playing with toys. Later the woman and child pose to be photographed in front of a Christmas tree and piano.
Item is a home movie of an engagement party and wedding. The film begins with people arriving at the engagement party and Chinese tea ceremony. The bride is filmed in her house and driving with her family to the church. The ceremony is filmed from above and behind. The family then travels to the reception hall where the bride and groom are photographed with their family. There is a reception line, speeches, and dancing.
Item is a home movie which documents the renovation of Keefer Florist Company building at 215 Keefer Street. It pictures the placement of the beams and walls, the cement flooring and ceiling, and the installation of window and lighting, followed by painting and paving of the exterior, and installation of the store sign,
Item is a home movie which pictures Lions Gate Bridge from the Stanley Park side, the view from Coal Harbour, and outdoor skating and tennis in Lost Lagoon and/or Beaver Lake in the wintertime. The second half features immigrants disembarking at Vancouver airport, exiting United Air Lines' customs and immigrations and taking photographs. Lew Parry's Steet Metal Worker's Local 280 float sculpture is briefly filmed.
Segment titles as indicated on the original film leader are: Stanley Park + Harbour; Winter Skates; Harry; Nov Mel + Party; New Immigrant Arrives in Van. airport; Jean Chin Poy Lin; Mrs Chin Hong + Mrs. Chiu; Nen + Bing Chin; Go See Yow and Poon's Goddaughter.