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File F9 - Middle Arm Bridge and 800 block Thurlow slides

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Middle Arm Bridge and 800 block Thurlow slides

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  • 1957 (Creation)
    Quan, Joe
    Vancouver (B.C.)

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9 photographs : col. slides (Ektachrome)

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Joe Quan was born in Vancouver on May 18, 1931, the youngest son of the Gow Quan family who ran Parkview Produce on Robson Street. After graduating from King Edward High School, Quan continued his education at the University of British Columbia (UBC), earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1955. While at UBC, he took photographs for the Ubyssey newspaper and Totem yearbooks. Following graduation he founded Customcolor Labs and later on he went into real estate. In 1968 he became a Notary Public and subsequently founded the Associated Notaries business with George Tanco at Robson and Thurlow. Quan was active in many associations, including the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of B.C. and the Yukon, and was a founder of the Keystone of Life Foundation. In 1999 he chaired the organizing committee for the 50th reunion of the 1949 King Edward High School graduating class.

Quan met his wife Hilda Lei Ching in 1960, while on a trip to Hawaii, and the couple had three sons, Walter, Tom and Andy. He died on January 30, 2010.

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File consists of four photographs of the Middle Arm Bridge taken on May 31, 1957 and five photographs of road construction on the 800 block of Thurlow Street, showing CustomColor Laboratories Ltd. at 819 Thurlow Street, circa 1957.

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Records are kept in cold storage and requires 48 hours notice to view. Please consult an Archivist.

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Folder formerly located at 198-D-01 fld 04.

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  • Freezer: F19-A-03