The third Monday of February is Family Day in British Columbia. We hope you enjoyed quality time with your loved ones. In celebration of Family Day, we are sharing some of our favourite family albums from the Open Collections.

The MacLachlan Clan – By Bob, [1865-1945?]

This is a family album put together by Bob MacLachlan. The family moved from Edinburgh, Scotland to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and then finally to Vancouver, BC. The photos encompass all of these locations. It is predominantly photos of the family, but there are also drawings, cards, news clippings, as well as other ephemera pasted in.

The Maclachlan Clan, [between 1935 and 1945?]

This is the cover page for the album. Small clippings of portrait photos of the family members are attached onto the hand-drawn monkeys.

[Family photo], [between 1920 and 1940?]

[Tom Maclachlan with baby], [between 1935 and 1945?]


[Possible Murray Family Photo Album #2], [1890?]-1959

This is an album of family portraits, possibly from the Murray family of Vancouver. There are also some photos tucked in the back from a much later date. There are also 8 negatives in an envelope addressed to “Mr. Unger.”

[Family portrait], [between 1920 and 1930?]

[Group portrait], [between 1920 and 1930?]

[Robert Sinclair’s Photo Album], [1900-1923?]

The album is from a man named Robert Sinclair. The photos are predominantly of family snapshots, and images from around their rural home in BC. There are also some of farming and logging, and a few of different cities and locales throughout BC. 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 photos.

[Older man playing with baby], [between 1910 and 1920?]

[Family picnicking], [between 1910 and 1920?]

Adam and Eve, also Flossy, [between 1910 and 1920?]


[Unknown Family Photo Album], [1900-1925?]

This family photo album, possibly from a Vancouver family, has an emphasis on children and dogs. Many photos have others tucked in behind them. The photos and the album are still in fairly good shape.

[Small child with dog], [between 1900 and 1910?]

[Man and infant playing with puppies], [between 1915 and 1925?]

[Two children sitting in grass], [between 1900 and 1910?]


[Possible Murray Family Photo Album], [1920-1930?]

This is an album of predominantly landscape photographs from throughout BC, 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.

[Portrait of group of women and children], [between 1920 and 1930?]

[Couple on zip line swing], [between 1920 and 1930?]


[Vancouver Family Photo Album], [1925-1950?]

This album is from a Vancouver family, documenting their travels throughout BC 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).

[Woman helping a baby walk], 1933

[Portrait of two small children], 1933


We hope you enjoyed this post! To view more family photographs from the 1850s to the 1950s, please check out the Chung Collection and the Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs.

In celebration of Family Day we are sharing some of our favorite family portraits found within our digital collections. Want to see more? Simply type in “family” in on our digital collections page! Refine your search to only find images within specific collections. Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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