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Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs
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[Barkerville & BC Photographs]

Album likely assembled at a later date by a dealer, however many are related to Barkerville, British Columbia, and a fire that destroyed the town in September of 1868. There are also other assorted images including portraits of prominent British Columbians such as James Douglas, and scenes in other small towns throughout the province. Most of the photographs are reproductions from images at the B.C. Provincial Archives and date from 1857 to 1930.

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Our Trip

Album of personal photographs documenting a family trip to Texas. On the cover is a colour image of oxen pulling a cart, with the pre-printed title "Our Trip". In the inside front cover is hand-written "My trip, with brother Ernest & Marion and Patsy. July & Aug. 1953, to Texas". The leather album is still in good shape, though some of the photos are fading and warping.

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Snaps Regina Sask. Canada

Album of personal photographs of a woman presumably from Regina, Saskatchewan, which depicts her travels in British Columbia (including the Harrison Hot Springs, Victoria, and Vancouver) and Alberta with some friends.

[Unknown] (Authorized heading)

[Wilson Photo Album]

A personal photo album kept by Clara and/or Kitty Wilson of Vancouver. Mainly portraits of the two sisters and their friends and family, plus some shots in and around Vancouver and British Columbia, including photographs of the Vancouver Pier 'D' Fire of 1938. Very few of the images are captioned. There are also a couple of postcards, and at least one negative included. The album and photographs are in great shape. See also UL_1591 for an album of Clara and Kitty's cycling trips, a few of whose photos are repeated here.

Wilson, Clara

[Ten Annual Cycling Trips, 1938-1947]

Photo album documenting sisters Clara and Kitty Wilson’s ten annual cycling trips taken throughout British Columbia in July and/or August of 1938 through 1947. The first seven trips were on Vancouver Island, the eighth in the Okanagan, and the ninth and tenth in the Cariboo region. The photos are thoroughly captioned and still in good shape. Also included are the letters and postcards they sent home during the trips (half of each card written by each sister), as well as newspaper clippings, business cards, a menu from BC Coast Steamships, a telegram, and a negative. There are also 25 hand-drawn cartoons highlighting some of their adventures. They nicknamed their bikes Rastus and Ginger, and also use a variety of pet names when signing their letters and referring to family members. The album is in decent shape though the pages are flaking at the edges. See also UL_1596 for a family photo album kept by the sisters.

Wilson, Clara

Vancouver: The Golden City of the West - Jubilee Year 1936

A book about Vancouver, designed as a souvenir and an “example of the art of printing”. This volume is labelled book 321 out of a presumably limited number. There is a short introduction, and then there are the large photographs from throughout Greater Vancouver with captions.
Publisher - Vancouver : Lumberman Printing Company Limited and Leonard Frank

Frank, Leonard

Construction of Big Bend Highway (West Leg)

The album documents the construction of the so-called ‘Big Bend’ Highway (West Leg) north of Revelstoke, B.C., now a part of Highway 23, between 1934 and 1936. The photos consist of scenery along the way, work being completed, machinery, bridges, landslides, workers camps, and photos of F.W. Anderson and other workers, as well as photos of two separate car accidents, and of a ‘snow slide’ at Clanwilliam Camp, and of the ‘West Coast Trail’ on Vancouver Island. After the bulk of the photos there is a blank page and then a new grouping of images with a title page that reads: “Odd Snaps Collected by F.W.A. While Foreman & Asst. Engr. Group F. D.N.D.-U.E.R. Big Bend Highway Group H.Q. at Revelstoke B.C. Sept 20/34 to Mar 20/35”.

Anderson, F.W.

[Photo Album of Unknown Family]

An album of photographs from an unknown family. A few of the photos are identifiably in British Columbia or Alberta, but the location of the rest are unknown. It also includes a poem cut out of a magazine, "Be Here for Me" by Bonnie E. Parker (likely Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde fame).

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[Vancouver Family Photo Album]

An album of a Vancouver family, documenting their travels throughout B.C. and the United States as well as life in Vancouver, including the royal visit of 1939. The pages are beginning to tear out of the album, but the photos are still in relatively good shape (with some fading).

[Unknown] (Authorized heading)

[Abramson Family Album]

A family album that comes from the estate of one Mr. Abramson, a former Consul General of the United States to Canada. The photos are from throughout British Columbia and California, in Kelowna in particular. Most of the images are captioned, but many are too faded to be fully legible. There is some significant damage to the album and some of the photographs. One negative is also tucked into the album.

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[Istanbul Photo Album]

An album of photographs and postcards of Istanbul (referred to as Stamboul or Constantinople throughout). Most of the images include type-written captions. The album comes from the estate of one Mr. Abramson, a former Consul General of the United States to Canada, and it is possible that he is the creator. A second album of Istanbul photos, also from Abramson's estate, is dated 1928, and is believed to be from the same trip (see UL_1293/1734 #4). The album, photos, and captions are all in good shape.

[Unknown] (Authorized heading)

Vancouver Harbour Commissioners Subway

An album of photographs depicting the construction of a train tunnel in North Vancouver in 1928, as well as what seems to be the grand opening. It also includes some plans for the route and a drawing of a streetcar. The names Frith, H.W. (Chief Engineer) & Anderson, F.W. (Resident Engineer) appear on the cover.

Frith, H.W.

[B.W. Leeson Mining Photos]

An album containing photographs of mining settlements and workers in and around Alice Lake B.C. Many signed by B.W. Leeson, but there are also a few are unsigned. The album itself is stamped E.L. Sullivan on the front cover, and has a plastic coil binding; the photographs are glued to the page.

Leeson, B.W.

Report of Exploration & Investigation Along Canada's Arctic Coast Line from the Delta of the Mackenzie River to Hudson Bay 1925-1926

A report about the Northwest Territories and the Yukon prepared by Major L.T. Burwash (L.T. standing for Lachlin Taylor, variously spelled Lachan and Lachlan). There are 142 typed pages plus appendices, photos, and maps. The photographs depict the local people and their practices, as well as some of Burwash, and the landscape. There is also a snapshot, a note about the book from a bookseller, a map of his travels, a pamphlet for the Northwest Territories 1933, and an obituary from the New York Times, tucked into the front. The book, text, and photographs, are all in very good condition.

Burwash, Lachlin Taylor

[Edith Thompson's Photo Album]

A family and travel photo album believed to be kept by Edith E. Thompson. It depicts travels throughout Canada, particularly in the Rockies, as well as Europe (the United Kingdom, Belgium, and France), and Alaska. The album and photos are still in fairly good shape; though one page has a quarter of the page cut away.

Thompson, Edith E.

[Possible Murray Family Photo Album]

An album of predominantly landscape photographs from throughout British Columbia, as well as a few in Vancouver, including some of ships in the harbour. In the back after a number of blank pages are also some family snapshots. Many of the photos are captioned in fading pencil. The album may have belonged to a member of Kathleen Murray's family.

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Snapshots Victoria B.C.

A photo album from a British Columbian woman known only as K.B.S. Predominantly family snapshots, as well as photos of travels throughout British Columbia, including Salt Spring Island, Shawnigan Lake, and Victoria. The cover of the leather album is adorned with an image of an Aboriginal chief and a simple landscape. Photos and album are still in good condition. The first large number of images are captioned, but towards the end most are not.

[Unknown] (Authorized heading)

[Istanbul Photo Album 2]

An album of photographs of Istanbul, likely images purchased as souvenirs of a trip. See also UL_1734_03 for snapshots believed to be from the same trip. Both albums come from the estate of one Mr. Abramson, a former Consul General of the United States to Canada. There are images from the around the city, from the interior of what is believed to be the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and one, incongruously, of the Great Wall of China. Some of the images come with type-written captions or information clipped from newspapers or pamphlets. The album and most of the photos are in good condition. Some of the typed captions in the album appear to be from a published guide to Constantinople.

[Unknown] (Authorized heading)

[Kathleen Murray's Photo Album #2]

A photo album collected by Kathleen Murray of Vancouver. It includes her friends and family in various locations throughout Vancouver, plus a few other locales, with a focus on fellow students at the University of British Columbia, and her graduating class of 1931. The album and photos are in good shape, though some images are fading.

Murray, Kathleen

[San Francisco to British Columbia]

An album of photographs from throughout the United States and British Columbia. Predominantly the Western United States, but also a few from New York. The photographs are not in an order that suggest the itinerary of one long trip. They may represent travel photos from an individual from multiple trips.

[Unknown] (Authorized heading)

Walhachin, B.C. 1910

An album of photographs from in and around the townsite of Walhachin B.C., now abandoned. It includes an informal census with all the residents names and occupation. The focus is on scenery and development, with a particular emphasis on agriculture.

The British Columbia Development Association Limited

[Robert Sinclair]

A photo album from a man named Robert Sinclair. The photos are predominantly of family snapshots, and images from around their rural home in British Columbia. There are also some of farming and logging, and a few of different cities and locales throughout British Columbia. Some of the photos are captioned, but none are dated. The album is secured with a metal clasp and is in quite good condition, as are the photographs.

Sinclair, Robert

[Vancouver Photo Album]

A photo album of images taken in and around Vancouver, including Stanley Park, Howe Sound, Bowen Island, and Deep Cove; also includes family portraits and other miscellaneous scenes. Housed in a leather-bound album with an image of an Aboriginal Chief burned onto the cover. The captions are badly faded, and some of the photos are fading as well.

[Unknown] (Authorized heading)

Greater Vancouver Illustrated

A printed and bound book about the early days of Vancouver with a number of photos and illustrations. It includes information about a number of prominent businesses, buildings, and individuals. The cover and binding are degrading, but the text and images are still in good shape. Tucked inside is a piece of phone listings torn off and presumably used as a bookmark.

Dominion Illustrating Company

[Prince Rupert Photo Album]

An album of photographs, by a variety of photographers, in and around Prince Rupert, British Columbia in the early twentieth century. Housed in a small black album, the photographs and album are still in good condition.

[Unknown] (Authorized heading)

[Prince Rupert Photo Album 2]

An album of photographs, by a variety of photographers, in and around Prince Rupert, British Columbia in the early twentieth century. Housed in a small black album, the photographs and album are still in good condition, though the binding is no longer intact.

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