Title and statement of responsibility area
Our outdoor heritage
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- Moving images
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Title statements of responsibility
Our outdoor heritage / Whitefoot Studio
- Source of title proper: Title taken from original film leader and can.
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Dates of creation area
- This film was produced for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation by Whitefoot Studio which operated in Vancouver from 1930 to 1950. Stock date on film is 1922 or 1942. Production date (1940) labeled on the original film can. The 1940 date is also confirmed by signage visible in the film footage. Mentioned in Park Board Minutes April 26, 1940 that filming would proceed that summer, but had already started with rockeries while they were at the hight of their beauty.
Physical description area
1 film reel (46 min., 27 sec.; 382.2 m) : acetate, original, reversal (Kodachrome), col., silent ; 16 mm
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Scope and content
Item is a documentary film documenting Vancouver's parks in 1940. This film names Vancouver the "Playground City of the North West" and contains footage of Stanley Park, Connaught Park, Douglas Park, Devonshire Park, Shaughnessy Park, Memorial West Park, Memorial South Park, Almond Park, Hastings Community Park, Grandview Park, Trout Lake, Queen Elizabeth Park, Tatlow Park, Thornton Park, Hadden Park, Burrard View Park, Maple Grove Park, Sunset Nursery, Victory Square Park, Beaver Lake Park as well as Vancouver's beaches including English Bay, Kitsilano Beach, Second Beach, Spanish Banks and Locarno Beach. The film also features Stanley Park including footage of typical scenes at the entrance and causeway, the Administration Offices of the parks system, primeval forest scenes, blossom time in the rockeries and gardens, Lost Lagoon, Prospect Point, Lions Gate Bridge, the totem poles and a view of Stanley park from afar. As well, the film documents the locations of the free swimming classes provided by Vancouver?s newspapers at Lumberman?s Arch Pool, Kitsilano Pool, New Brighton Pool and Maple Grove Pool. Vancouver?s playgrounds are also documented with footage of children playing in the playgrounds at Memorial South Playground, Norquay Playground, Robson Playground and McLean Playground. In addition, this film documents a variety of recreational activities that take place in Vancouver?s parks including swimming, sunbathing, boating, diving, folk dancing, tennis, golfing (at Fraser Golf Course), walking, lawn bowling, horse-shoe pitching, model yacht racing, cricket, playing games, enjoying the park's fauna and flora (in both summer and autumn), picnicking and having BBQs. Special events such as symphonies, Dress-up Day, the Annual Sandbox Contest, and the annual Soap-box Derby are also documented.
Condition report on file.
Running time calculated at 18 frames per second (standard for silent film).
Immediate source of acquisition
Films transferred from Park Board via Alex Downie July 2006.
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Availability of other formats
Also available as a digital file.
Restrictions on access
Original film is not available for viewing.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Produced by: Whitefoot Studio; presented by: Board of Park Commissioners of Vancouver, Canada.
Weak splices have been replaced. New head and tail leader have been added. Film has been wound onto a core and stored in a polypropylene container.
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Subject access points
- Boats and boating
- Park buildings
- Lawn bowling
- Totem poles
- Swimming pools--outdoor
- Boats and boating
- Children's activities
- Recreation facilities
- Lakes and ponds
- Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.)
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