Series MS-3313 - British Empire and Commonwealth Games photograph album

Crest of the British Empire Games, Vancouver Arrived in Vancouver, Georgia Street West, looking toward Stanley Park Opening ceremonies, Friday evening, homing pigeons being turned loose Men's 100 yds, first round, event #2, heat #1 Women's 100 yds. semi-final, event #4, heat #1 Men's 440 yds. hurdles semi-finals, event #5, heat #1 Men's high jump Field marshall Alexander presenting weight lifter Doug Hepburn of Canada with plaque Doug Hepburn, Canada, weight 299 pounds, weight lifter champion Men's 100 yards semi-finals Victory ceremony, women's shot put Men's  6 mile race Men's 6 mile race Men's 100 yards final Victory ceremony 6 mile race Women's 100 yards final Victor ceremony men's 100 yards Men's 880 yards heats At Empire pool, B.E.G. gymnasium Women's 100 yds. backstroke Men's 220 yards breaststroke Two girls from Quebec "Tango Bolero" Peter Heatly, Scotland, full twisting 2 1/2 from 10 metre board Phyllis Long, England back swan dive from 10 metre Men's 110 yd. freestyle finals Victory ceremony, men's high jump Men's 220 yards, heats Men's 220 yards, heats (#3) Men's 220 yeards, heats (#6) Men's three mile race
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British Empire and Commonwealth Games photograph album

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  • 1954 (Creation)
    De Mara, Charles Marvyn

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1 album (116 photographs : b&w and col. and other material)

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Charles Marvyn De Mara was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 18, 1901. By 1924 he was living in Kelowna, B.C. working as an insurance salesman. On June 24, 1924 he married Marjorie Falconer Leckie. The couple lived in Kelowna for the rest of their lives. Marjorie died in 1967 and Charles died in 1970.

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Custodial history unknown. Album accessioned in 1979.

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The record consists of a photograph album created by Charles De Mara to commemorate his visit to the British Empire and Commonweath Games held in July and August 1954 in Vancouver.

The album contains 11 colour and 94 black and white photographs of various events at the games including opening ceremonies, diving at the Empire field, boating events at Vedder Canal and track and field events. The field event photographs include some of the famous "Miracle Mile" run where both Roger Bannister and John Landy ran the mile in less than four minutes. Each photograph has a caption, a date and often additional information about the event photographed. The black and white photographs have been numbered with two identifying numbering systems; a straight sequential number from 1 to 94, and a composite number that may refer to a negative film and item number.

There are also 11 black and white commercial postcards probably purchased by De Mara and glued in the album with the photographs. The postcards are not numbered.

The album also contains event tickets, programs and various souvenir guides and has a souvenir cloth crest glued into the inside front cover.

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The glue used to stick photographs, tickets and pamphlets into the album has come loose in many cases.

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The album was photographed ca. 1990 and negatives created.

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The copyright holder for the 11 black and white commercial postcards is unknown.

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Accession number(s): 197912-051

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  • Box: 000534-0001