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1932 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles, California

Item is an amateur film consisting of footage of the 1932 summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Competitions filmed include swimming, rowing and equestrian jumping. Also included is footage of the Olympic flame and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Film was mistakenly identified on reel as footage of the 1936 Olympics.

Boalts ‘26

Item is an amateur film showing people with dogs in the snow and Sam and Margaret Magoffin with her parents, the Boalts, having a picnic in the woods, at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and then at the beach where the men change a tire on the car. Also included in the film are scenes taken at home with the women knitting and sewing, Margaret and her parents exiting the Devonshire Hotel and entering a car with the courthouse in the background, people waving from the back of a train, and Sam and Margaret standing by a window.

Family vacation in Cuba

Item is an amateur film containing footage of Sam and Margaret Magoffin in Havana, Cuba and includes scenes at the beach, swimming pool, hotel and Gran Casino Nacional.

House, ugly kid, pool, parade U.S.

Item is an amateur film beginning with scenic footage of a fountain taken during the Magoffin’s trip to Cuba, followed by footage of Sam and Margaret Magoffin walking on the grounds of and taking tea on the terrace of a large house, possibly in West Vancouver. Interspersed in this footage are images showing lions in a caged pen and men shooting rifles. The film also includes footage of people swimming in and lounging around a large swimming pool and the Magoffins and others relaxing in front of a hotel and visiting with a baby. Also included is footage of the 1930 Portland Rose Festival parade, including floats for the Portland Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Richfield Oil (Charles Lindbergh theme), First National Bank, Multnomah County, Japan, Claude Neon Products, Jantzen, and Wonder Bread.

Northshore Terminal Railway - Vancouver Harbour

Item is an amateur film showing the work of the S.S. Magoffin & Co. Limited Railway Contractors company, likely during construction of the North Shore Terminal Railway in North Vancouver. Activities documented include the blasting and clearing of soil and rock by work crews and steam shovels, locomotives transporting soil and rock, and railway cars dumping the soil. Also included is footage of a barge used to transport a steam shovel and locomotive, and the offloading of the steam shovel from the barge. The film also shows the clearing of land with a brush fire and men using hoses to control the fire, as well as men working on the track. There are several shots of unidentified individuals, possibly including Vancouver Harbour Commissioners, throughout the film; Sam Magoffin appears briefly with three other men at 15:56 (third from the left). The film finishes with a shot of locomotives moving soil, with the Vancouver skyline in the background.

Personal - [Br--?] 1925 - Vancouver 1926 - Prince George - Prince Rupert

Item is an amateur film beginning with footage of a man playing with dogs; wild horses running; Margaret Magoffin driving a car; Sam Magoffin, Margaret and various people and dogs standing on the front stairs of a house; and Sam and three men exiting the S.S. Magoffin & Co. Railway Contractors Tie Department building (possibly in Prince George).

The film also includes footage of Prince Rupert, B.C., including the Prince Rupert Hotel and Sam and Margaret Magoffin on Sixth Avenue with several of the downtown buildings in the background. Also included is footage taken along the waterfront and from aboard the S.S. Prince Rupert, as well as views of the city taken from a high vantage point. Buildings shown in this footage include the fire hall and elevator.

Also contained in the film is footage of a parade in Vancouver taken from a bird’s eye viewpoint. The parade includes footage of mounties on horses, sailors, a pipe band, clowns, animals, and many floats, including floats for Point Grey, the City of Vancouver, the Loyal Order of Moose, Burns Shamrock Brand Products, Vancouver Ice Cream, and a stampede. The film also includes several minutes of footage of a rodeo at Hastings Park, including bronco and bull riding and chuckwagon racing activities. The film also shows Sam and Margaret with other people in front of the Court House and having a picnic on Grouse Mountain. Also included is footage of a military parade by Victory Square, a military review, and a medals ceremony; Mayor L.D. Taylor is shown in attendance at this event.

Pool, view, horse and house

Item is an amateur film showing Margaret Magoffin and another lady coming down some stairs to the edge of the swimming pool and standing by the ocean at the Magoffin’s residence Rockhaven at 3612 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. A man is shown casting a line into the ocean several times, followed by Sam Magoffin and another man swimming in the pool. The film then cuts to footage of a desert-like area, people at a pool, possibly in California or Mexico, and horse races, likely at the same location. This is followed by footage likely taken at Rockhaven showing a golden retriever in the yard and swimming in the ocean, a campfire, and views of the house, garden and the Magoffin’s dogs.

Rail journey through the Rocky Mountains, Victoria, and dog show

Item is an amateur film opening with footage of downtown Vancouver showing several Vancouver Fire Department trucks and engines and a lot filled with lumber, then cutting to footage taken from the back of a moving train, showing snow covered scenery, followed by Sam and Margaret Magoffin standing on a porch with several other people and a dog, Margaret and a man standing in front of a car, and additional footage taken from a moving train showing a sign for Yoho, mountain scenery and the Cathedral train station. The film also contains footage taken in downtown Victoria, B.C. showing the legislative building, Inner Harbour and CPR Steamship Terminal building, followed by dogs, likely the Magoffin’s golden retrievers, and several minutes footage of a dog show.

Swimming pool construction and railway construction camp

Item is an amateur film containing footage of the construction of a swimming pool at the Magoffin’s residence, Rockhaven, at 3612 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, and Sam and Margaret Magoffin swimming in the pool with friends. The film also shows Margaret standing in front of Rockhaven. The film then cuts to footage of a sign reading “Multnomah” and then to a street scene in an unidentified city showing cars and people and a group of young boys looking up at the camera. Also included is footage of three men standing near some bunkhouses in a desert-like environment, perhaps near Magoffin’s Lyon Creek project, as well as some track and the outside of a tunnel and equipment. The film finishes with a view of a railway trestle and track and one man sitting in a car and one man standing next to the car, in what appears to be the same location.

Vancouver Harbour Northshore Terminal [Railway]

Item is an amateur film showing the work of the S.S. Magoffin & Co. Limited Railway Contractors company during construction of the North Shore Terminal Railway in North Vancouver. Activities documented include the blasting and clearing of soil and rock with steam shovels, railway cars transporting and dumping soil over a trestle and men sawing railway ties. Includes many scenes of workers and other individuals, possibly including Vancouver Harbour Commissioners, footage of land owned by the B.C. Mills Timber and Trading Company Limited.

Vancouver footage

Item is a film showing various scenes around Vancouver. Footage shows the Georgia Hotel, the Court House (now Vancouver Art Gallery), a parade in downtown Vancouver, various scenes with automobiles, as well as some candid scenes in rural areas.