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Born in 1905, George Thompson came to Vancouver from Saskatchewan in 1926. Thompson began working in photography circa 1920; the B.C. directory of 1928 lists him as a finisher for the Eastman Kodak Company and in 1930 he is listed as a salesman for the company, residing at 1016 Nelson Street. In 1932, he established and became President of the Vancouver Photo Supply Limited company and by 1938 he had also founded the Victoria Photo Supply Limited company. By 1941, he had produced two colour motion pictures of Vancouver used by the British Columbia Government Travel Bureau.
In 1938, Thompson was elected President of the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce, and in 1940 and 1941 he was the President of the Kitsilano Ratepayers Association. He ran unsuccessfully for the Board of Parks Commissioners as an independent in 1941, but was elected for three consecutive terms as an NPA candidate beginning in 1943. He also served on the 1952 West Vancouver Council. Thompson was a member of the Lions' Club, the Reserve Battalion of the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, the Associated Property Owners' Association and the City Archives Committee. He began showing horses in the 1940s, including the champion stallion Goldheart.
In 1930, Thompson married Ruby Florence Wood, daughter of Vancouver jeweller Arthur Wood, and the couple had two daughters. The family lived at the following addresses in Vancouver: 3426 West 27th Avenue (1930 to 1934), 2805 West 34th Avenue (1934-1940) and 2154 West 33rd Avenue (1939), before moving to West Vancouver in the early 1950s, eventually to a house at 865 Wildwood Lane.
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AM54-S17 MAjor Matthews Collection - Newspaper clippings - No. 9362, Thompson, George