Series S8 - Photographs

Aerial view looking northeast over Hastings Park Aerial view of Hastings Park and Playland Aerial view of P.N.E. Playland B.C. Electric parade float Ferris wheels and crowd in P.N.E. Gayway Kwakiutl carver Ellen Neel and boys working on a totem pole Nabob display Vancouver General Hospital display of occupational therapy handicrafts War veterans marching in 1948 P.N.E. Opening Day Parade Victor David Neon Signs parade float View of floats and bands along 100 block East Hastings Street during 1949 P.N.E. Opening Day Parade Illuminated amusement rides in P.N.E. Playland at night View of slide, amusement rides, and Space Tower in P.N.E. Playland Group photograph in Vancouver Exhibition refreshment room Steffens-Colmer Photographs display Group photograph of Jersey cattle breeders David Spencer Co. display of prize honey Horse race at Hastings Park racetrack Skid Road attractions and Hastings Park racetrack in background Motor car race at Hastings Park racetrack Cattle lined up for showing in livestock competition Cattle lined up for showing in livestock competition R.P. McLennan trophy awarded for livestock competition Hudson's Bay Co. display of furs United Brass Founders and Engineers and Henry Rossell and Co. displays Canadian Simplex Auto Wheel Co. display of wheels Hassler display of automobile shock absorbers Hercules Rubber Co. display of tires Pyrene Manufacturing Co. display of fire extinguishers Vancouver Pickle Co. display of Jake Brand pickle and condiment products Standard Furniture display of home furniture Standard Furniture display of home furniture Standard Furniture display of home furniture D.C. Timewell Co. display of home furniture John and Edward Wright display of wire rope Liquid Air Co. display of welding and cutting products D.C. Timewell Co. display of home furniture New Fountain automobile brushes display Canadian Sumner Iron Works saw mill and shingle mill machinery display Canadian Sumner Iron Works display of machinery B.C. Impermealite Co. display of waterproofing products Success Business College display Burroughs display of office equipment Men standing beside bull Men with a line of cattle Evans, Coleman and Evans display of Nanaimo Coal David Hall sign painting display Hot water heater with Spicer's asbestos metal insulator Cascade Beer display P. Burns and Co. display of Shamrock brand food products
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  • Photograph
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  • [1900?], 1910-1980 (Creation)

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ca. 9000 photographs

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Series consists of photographs produced for the P.N.E. and a small number collected by its staff. Photographs document both the Pacific National Exhibition and other events that took place at the Hastings Park site.

Photographs of the fair depict the full range of activities, including: displays, competitions and shows, ceremonies, the annual parade in downtown Vancouver, as well as a wide range of photographs of the Hastings Park site and the interiors and exteriors of various buildings. Some photographs were made by PNE staff as a means of making copies of other types of records, such as architectural drawings and graphic materials such as posters and advertisements, and were kept by staff as part of their photograph collection.

Photographs not related to the fair depict: the military occupation of the grounds, and the use of the grounds as a holding centre for Japanese and Japanese-Canadian internees during Work War II; activities at the Exhibition Park racecourse located at Hastings Park; and various conventions, fairs, entertainment shows and other events staged at the site outside of the fair.

The photographers and/or studios responsible for taking the photos in this series include: Dominion Photo, Gordon Photos, Steffens-Colmer, Leonard Frank Photos, Art Jones, Art Ray,, W. Bennett, Patton's Studio, Graphic Industries Limited, Hodges Photo, George Allen Aerial Photos, Jack Lindsey Photos, Bob Tipple, Ice Capades Incorporated, and William Bros. Photographers

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Photographs are arranged in a rough chronological order, with large blocks related to a particular subject. The order of the photographs is as they were received from the donor.

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Some additional photographs are contained within the textual records of the Pacific National Exhibition fonds.

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This series is only partially processed; more records will be added once processing of the series is completed.

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