Collection PR-2282 - Bordertown Publishing collection

2-10-4, No.5906 And No.5911, Selkirk. 3/4 Left. Close Mid-Distance. Good Detail. Double-Heading O... 4-4-0 No. 374, American. 3/4 Right. On The  Head Of A 4-Car Train On A One-Mile "Run" F... 4-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 463, 3/4 right, almost head-on. On passenger. On tres... 4-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 463, Right broadside. Numbered 63 and lettered: 'Esqu... 4-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 463, 3/4 right . Closeup . At Vancouver en route to V... 4-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 464; Stockett's Junction. 4-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 465, 3/4 left . Original round number plate on smoke ... 4-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 465, 3/4 left . View from rear position. Victoria 4-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 479, at Nanaimo station. 4-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 479, 3/4 right. On passenger. Lettered for Canadian P... 4-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 479, 3/4 right. Closeup. On passenger. Nanaimo. ALCO Diesel Road Switcher no.567, 3/4 left, closeup, good detail, North Vancouver, BC yards 1965,... Bridge, Fraser River, PGE steel through-deck bridge over Fraser River near Lillooet, BC, river in... West Bay station and water tank, small station shelter with platform, square outside-braced water... Squamish water tank, water tank with Mikado no. 160 taking a drink, tank is circular, mounted on ... ALCO Diesel Road Switcher no.562, 3/4 left, close mid-distance, good detail, on freight on sweepi... Trestle, Peace River, PGE double-diesel-headed passenger on spectacular combined steel and wooden... Steel Trestle, Deep Creek, very high steel girder-type trestle at Deep Creek, BC over wide canyon... 0-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 6049 Switcher, Stockett's Junction 0-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 6049 Switcher 3/4 right. Closeup. Lettered for Canadi... 0-6-0 Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 6049 Switcher, 3/4 left. Closeup. Lettered for Canadi... No. 711; wood basket car; used for hauling mill trimmings used for firewood Mail-express car at Vancouver en route to the Esquimalt and Nanaimo, Vancouver Island. Lettered f... Caboose no. 1820, 3/4, closeup, excellent detail, plywood sides, Caribou herald, built by PGE, da... No. 510 Day Coach, Lettered for Esquimalt and Nanaimo. Two other coaches of same type show partia... Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] Flat cars loaded with logs. Chemainus. Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 1407 Caboose lettered for Esquimalt and Nanaimo; Wellington. Esquimalt and Nanaimo [E & N] No. 435551 Caboose, lettered for Canadian Pacific. Wellington. General view of EN yards at Nanaimo. Approach area to car barge slip. General view of EN yards at Nanaimo. Approach area to car barge slip.Same as previous listing exc...
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Bordertown Publishing collection

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  • graphic material
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  • multiple media

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the business name of the collectors.
  • Variations in title: Also known as the Bordertown Photo Collection.

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  • 1886-1966 ; predominant 1920s-1950s (Creation)
    Bordertown Publishing

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ca. 2370 photographs : b&w negatives and 10 cm of textual records

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Administrative history

Bordertown Publishing was a Vancouver-based direct-mail business, apparently established in 1964, which offered an extensive line of items useful to model railroading hobbyists. Its Photo Division operated from 1970 to 1978, selling photographic prints of Canadian and northwestern U.S. railroading operations for reference and display purposes. After the photo service ceased operations on 31 March 1978, the owners put the entire collection of negatives up for sale.

Custodial history

The collection was purchased from Bordertown Publishing's three owners by the Provincial Archives of British Columbia in April 1979.

Scope and content

The collection consists of photographic negatives that mainly depict railway operations in western Canada, particularly British Columbia, from 1886 to 1966. The collection was accumulated from photographs shot or collected by Albert Paull, Roy Jennings and P.H. "Spike" Brown, as well as some other private collectors. These photographs document the history, equipment and operations of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railways, Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway, and Pacific Great Eastern Railway. A wide range of subjects is depicted, including locomotives (steam, electric and diesel), rolling stock, snow plows, stations, water towers, trestles, bridges, right-of-way scenes, and interior views. In addition, there is a small group of industrial subjects, including images relating to the National Harbours Board, various collieries, the Victoria and Sidney Railway, and a number of lumber companies on Vancouver Island. The negatives are organized in five alpha-numeric series, using prefixes that indicate the subject railways -- CP, CN, EN, and PGE -- and IND (for industrial and miscellaneous subjects). The collection also contain a small amount of textual material, including two copies of Bordertown's published "Catalog No. 1" and two typescript copies of the complete Bordertown collection index, prepared in 1979. (See "Finding Aids", below.)

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Original numbering sequence (assigned by Bordertown Publishing staff prior to sale) uses the subject-based prefixes CP, CN, EN, PGE and IND.

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Reference prints of many of the negatives were made by the BC Archives photo lab and are available.

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Conservation restriction: original negatives in cold storage are not available for access.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

  • Copyright in images created after 1948-12-31 belongs to the BC Archives.
  • Copyright is presumed to have expired in the images created before 1949.

Finding aids

A comprehensive index to the collection, containing detailed item-level descriptions, was prepared by P.H. Brown of Bordertown Publishing (housed in container 890974-0011). Item-level descriptions of most of the images, many with attached scans, are available as lower level descriptions within the collection.

Associated materials

The section of the Bordertown Publishing collection comprising photographs of the Great Northern Railway was acquired by a railway historical association in California. The section comprising photographs of the British Columbia Electric Railway was acquired by a private collector in British Columbia .

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No further accruals expected.

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Accession number(s): 198411-001 (89-0974)

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Negative ; b&w ; 13 x 18 cm or smaller ; some nitrate.

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