On September 18, 1912, H.R.H. Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught, then Governor General of Canada, was in Vancouver for the grand opening of the Cambie Bridge. The bridge’s official name was Connaught Bridge, to honor the Duke, but the unofficial name stuck.

This is what The Islander said about the Duke’s visit (full version):

The Islander, 1912

 

In the early 1900s, Vancouver was a different city than it is today. To receive the royal visitors, carpenters, painters, and decorators created thematic arches to decorate the streets of Vancouver. Check some of the photos from the arches:

The Chinese Arch

 

The Italian Arch

 

The Lumberman’s Arch

 

The Japanese Arch

 

Do you recognize the streets where the arches were built? We have that information and more photos in our Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs.

 

Sources:

The Islander (Open Collections)

This week in history: 1912 (Vancouver Sun)

Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs (Open Collections)

Our Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs has several photo albums with tons of interesting materials.

Photo albums act as collections of memories for families and are always a good source for remembering moments, people, and places.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, people didn’t have digital cameras to take multiple photos of everything. They had to choose important moments to commit to film. In today’s post, we will show you some of the travel registries.

This photo, taken in 1935, is from a Vancouver family photo album named “Year 1935, S.S. Prince Robert, Four Day Cruise”.

[Portrait of group on the S.S. Prince Robert], 1935

The following four photos are from a family and travel album, which includes photos from Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, Ontario and the United States.

[View of dry docked boat], 1910-20?

[View of Altin, B.C.], 1915-25?

Caribou on the Yukon, 1910-20?

 

Our dog team, 1916

 

This album is from an unknown family living in British Columbia. Besides photos of BC, they also had a few from Europe, like these ones:

[Stone building], 1895-1905?

[Menai Suspension Bridge], 1850-1870?

The Menai Suspension Bridge (Pont Grog y Borth) connects the island of Anglesey to the mainland of Wales. The bridge was designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1826.

Bridge of Boats, Koblenz (Germany), 1870-1900?

 

Kings Door, Cologne Cathedral, 1850-1880?

 

Church of St. Gudule, Brussels, 1850-1880?

 

[Coastline], 1895-1905?

Our collection contains a photo album created by two sisters, Clara and Kitty, who chronicled their cycling trips in British Columbia. The following are some examples of the photos that you can see in their album!

[Wilson photo album], 1947

[Wilson photo album], 1947

These photos must have brought so many good memories to their families in a time before you could Google images! If you liked these photos and are interested in seeing more, check out the Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs.

February 12 is Family Day in British Columbia. While this statutory holiday was created in BC in 2013, falling on the second Monday every February, it has existed in other parts of Canada for even longer.

The very first province to observe Family Day as a statutory holiday was Alberta in 1990, when Family Day was created to give people the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones.

To celebrate the date, we’ve brought you some of our favorite family pictures from our collections.

 

When it comes to building families, often everything starts with a wedding.

[Chinese family wedding], 1940

 

Then, comes the kids

[Two boys dressed as sailors], 1940

Bill Ciss, Elsie and Babe up Grouse Mountain, 1925-35?

 

Sometimes, several kids

[French family with ten children], 1920-29?

 

But there’s always space for one more

[Photograph depicting a family], 1879

 

Happy Family Day!

Shigetaka Sasaki family

 

F. K. Hare and family, 1968

 

The history behind the photos

Two boys dressed as sailors: the photo is part of an album from a Vancouver family. The album contains several registries from family’s travels across British Columbia and the United States, while also showcasing their life in Vancouver.

Bill Ciss, Elsie and Babe up Grouse Mountain: the photo is part of an unknown family album from our Uno Langmann Collection. There are photos from British Columbia or Alberta and other locations not identified.

French family with ten children: the photo depicts a French family traveling on the Duchess of Bedford cruise of the Canadian Pacific Railways.

Shigetaka Sasaki family: Steve Shigetaka Sasaki was the top judoka in his province in Japan before he immigrated to Canada in 1922. He was the founder of the Vancouver Judo Club (Taiku Iku Dojo) and was known as the “Father of Judo in Canada”.

F. K. Hare and family: Frederick Kenneth Hare was a meteorologist and environmentalist. Hare was also the fifth president of the University of British Columbia (UBC).

 

If you are interested in getting to know more about our collections, the Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs have a lot of family photos from 1850s to the 1950s. You will be amazed to see those pictures, as we were.

 

Sources:

British Columbians reflect on the meaning of Family Day (CBC News)

F. Kenneth Hare (Science)

Family Day in Canada (Time and Date)

Former UBC president Kenneth Hare remembered (UBC)

History of Judo in Canada (Vernon Judo Club)

Shigetaka (Steve) Sasaki Family Fonds (Nikkei Museum)

February 12 is Family Day in British Columbia. While this statutory holiday was created in BC in 2013, falling on the second Monday every February, it has existed in other parts of Canada for even longer.

The very first province to observe Family Day as a statutory holiday was Alberta in 1990, when Family Day was created to give people the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones.

To celebrate the date, we’ve brought you some of our favorite family pictures from our collections.

 

When it comes to building families, often everything starts with a wedding.

[Chinese family wedding], 1940

 

Then, comes the kids

[Two boys dressed as sailors], 1940

Bill Ciss, Elsie and Babe up Grouse Mountain, 1925-35?

 

Sometimes, several kids

[French family with ten children], 1920-29?

 

But there’s always space for one more

[Photograph depicting a family], 1879

 

Happy Family Day!

Shigetaka Sasaki family

 

F. K. Hare and family, 1968

 

The history behind the photos

Two boys dressed as sailors: the photo is part of an album from a Vancouver family. The album contains several registries from family’s travels across British Columbia and the United States, while also showcasing their life in Vancouver.

Bill Ciss, Elsie and Babe up Grouse Mountain: the photo is part of an unknown family album from our Uno Langmann Collection. There are photos from British Columbia or Alberta and other locations not identified.

French family with ten children: the photo depicts a French family traveling on the Duchess of Bedford cruise of the Canadian Pacific Railways.

Shigetaka Sasaki family: Steve Shigetaka Sasaki was the top judoka in his province in Japan before he immigrated to Canada in 1922. He was the founder of the Vancouver Judo Club (Taiku Iku Dojo) and was known as the “Father of Judo in Canada”.

F. K. Hare and family: Frederick Kenneth Hare was a meteorologist and environmentalist. Hare was also the fifth president of the University of British Columbia (UBC).

 

If you are interested in getting to know more about our collections, the Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs have a lot of family photos from 1850s to the 1950s. You will be amazed to see those pictures, as we were.

 

Sources:

British Columbians reflect on the meaning of Family Day (CBC News)

F. Kenneth Hare (Science)

Family Day in Canada (Time and Date)

Former UBC president Kenneth Hare remembered (UBC)

History of Judo in Canada (Vernon Judo Club)

Shigetaka (Steve) Sasaki Family Fonds (Nikkei Museum)

The 2018 Winter Olympics are starting this week! They are going to be hosted by PyeongChang in South Korea, beginning on February 9, 2018. For 16 days, we will see the best winter sports athletes in the world compete for gold.

To get into the sportive spirit, we selected a few materials from our collection that show off some of the Olympic winter sports.

 

Freestyle skiing 

An advertisement from our Chung Collection: 

Banff-Lake Louise region Canadian Rockies via Canadian Pacific, 1941

 

Ice hockey 

A photograph from our UBC Archives Photograph Collection:

Hockey players, Ritz brothers, 1939

 

Bobsleigh

A selection from a family album in our Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs:

[Group on sled], 1928

Curling

An action shot from our UBC Archives Photograph Collection:

Pharmacy dean Bernard Riedel curling, 1979

 

Skating

A photograph from our Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs:

Skating on Trout Lake, Vancouver, B.C., 1925

 

While researching images for this post, we found plenty of other materials involving outdoor activities in winter. While these activities may not be Olympic sports, they are certainly a workout.

 

Snowshoeing, from our H. Bullock-Webster Fonds:

December – soft snow – misery, 1880

 

Snow shoveling, from our UBC Archives Photograph Collection:

Youth Training School snow shoveling, 1951

 

Grab your mittens and get ready to cheer on your favorite athletes, because the Winter Olympics only come once every four years.

We are pleased to present the Digitization Centre Impact and Activity Report for 2016-2017!

This report highlights the Digitization Centre’s key projects, partnerships and user engagement trends for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

In 2016-2017, Open Collections accounted for 15% of the Library’s unique pageviews. That 15% totals 3.9 million pageviews on Open Collections alone!

The breakdown of where those 3.9 million pageviews were spent.

Other highlights detailed in the report:

  • Our work with Archivematica and our continued contributions to UBC Library’s digital preservation program
  • News about our web archiving work, including updates on some of our new collections
  • The Digital Himalaya Project being done in collaboration with Mark Turin (Chair, First Nations & Endangered Languages Program; Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology)
  • Our ongoing partnerships
  • Our efforts on metadata updating and cleaning

 

  

New additions to our digital collections included:

BC Sessional Papers

Phase IV of the BC Sessional papers was completed, adding material from the Legislative Council of British Columbia from 1933 to 1952. Phase V began in May of 2017.

Hawthorn Fly Fishing & Angling Collection

A selection of 23 titles from the Harry Hawthorn Fly Fishing and Angling Collection housed at Woodward Library.

Rainbow Ranche

An archival collection from the Lake Country Museum and Archives, chronicling one of the first independent fruit ranches in the Okanagan.

The Pedestal

Canada’s first feminist periodical was fully digitized in partnership with SFU Archives and will be available through Open Collections soon.

Journal of a voyage to the Pacific and American Shores

UBC Library acquired and digitized the journal of Susannah Weynton, wife of the captain of the Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship Cowlitz.

BC Historical Newspapers

The BC Newspapers collection was completed this year. Encompassing 163 titles, these newspapers are utilized by researchers around the world. All pages have been run through OCR (optical character recognition) and are full-text searchable.

To learn more about what we’ve been up to over the past few years, check out all of our Impact Reports dating back to 2011 under the “Reports” section of our website’s Documentation page. Many thanks to all of our partners over the past years. We look forward to continued collaboration on all of our current and future projects!

We’ve got a special treat for the blog today! An advance peek at new digitizations:

Vintage Vancouver circa.1925-1933

This hand tinted shot of Vancouver taken between 1925 and 1933 is from some of the Uno Langmann Collection items awaiting digitization. It is a panorama taken from the Capitol Hill area over the Burrard Inlet showing much of Vancouver proper as well as North Vancouver.

From the photo you can see a clear view of the Lions mountains. In the lower righthand side you can see what is today known as the Second Narrows train crossing bridge. It is one of the few things that date the photo. The original bridge was constructed in 1925 mainly for train travel, and was the first to connect Vancouver to the North Shore. After being hit a number of times by ships passing through  it was bought in 1933 be the government, and had a lift section added- which is not seen here.

Here’s a video of the image being scanned. Curious? Learn more about our scanners!

 

 

On the left side of the photo you can see the Giant Dipper, a rollercoaster built in 1925, in what is now the PNE, but was then known as the Vancouver Exhibition. It  was demolished in 1948 to make room for an expanding Hastings Racecourse track.

There is also something missing from this photo. The Lions Gate Bridge isn’t hidden behind the clouds, it wasn’t built until 1938.

UL_1347_002

This photo has been edited to make the image easier to see – It is extremely faint in the original scan.

Other cool things to note about this image – it was printed on the back of “Empress Jam” cardboard. Empress Manufacturing Co., Ltd.,  imported coffees and made local jams and jellies and one of the earliest and most successful of the local food supply companies.

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