File C92 - Marco Polo scrapbooks

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Marco Polo scrapbooks

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  • Textual record
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  • 1960-1984 (Creation)

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2 folders of textual records

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Custodial history

Scrapbooks believed to be originally assembled by owner, Victor Louie. Around 2016, Tom Carter purchased the scrapbooks from a dealer who had bought the scrapbooks from someone who had removed them from a garbage bin in Chinatown.

Scope and content

File consists of two scrapbooks showcasing the former Marco Polo Restaurant and Nightclub, located at 90 East Pender Street, which operated as a club and later as styled as a "Chinese smorgasbord" dining restaurant. The scrapbooks contain news clippings, menus, programs, business cards, tickets, coupons, correspondence, catering orders as well as a list of performers, 1964-1968. Also included are photographs showing exterior and interior views of the building, entertainers and musicians, people dining, Chinese New Year celebrations, owners and staff, as well as street scenes in Chinatown. One scrapbook includes material relating to the relocation of the Marco Polo to 83 Chesterfield Street in North Vancouver, 1983-1984.

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Some photographs are damaged

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Donated by Tom Carter in 2021.


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A digital collection of a selection of scrapbook items is available through Arca:

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Album covers for one scrapbook removed for preservation reasons


Loose photographs no longer adhered to album pages have been placed in envelopes

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  • Box: 534-F-06 fld 01-02