Item F1986:29/002.01 - Construction of the Lion's Gate Bridge, Vancouver

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Construction of the Lion's Gate Bridge, Vancouver

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  • moving images

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The Whitefoot Studio [attrib.]

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  • Source of title proper: Supplied title from original container, film leaders, etc., and Browne reference.
  • Variations in title: Building and opening of Lions Gate Bridge

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  • [1937-1939] (Creation)

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Physical description

1 film reel (ca. 1025 ft) : A-wind master positive, colour, silent with inter-titles ; 16 mm

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The item consists of an ECO master made from an industrial film originally made between 1937 and 1939. It contains a detailed record of the construction of the First Narrows Bridge (Lion's Gate Bridge) between Vancouver and the North Shore of Burrard Inlet. A.J.T. Taylor, who promoted the idea of the bridge and the residential development of the North Shore, is seen discussing the plans with architect John Anderson. The bridge was first crossed by a car on November 4, 1938 and opened to the public on November 12, 1938. John Anderson receives the first toll ticket. Charles Marega's sculptured lions are shown. The "Empress of Japan" steams under the bridge. On May 29, 1939 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth cross the bridge and later, under naval escort, they pass under it aboard a ship bound for Victoria.

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The ECO master was made from the original film, which has since been lost -- and which included a closing segment on the development of the Capilano Estates on the North Shore by British-Pacific Properties Ltd.

Availability of other formats

A digital preservation and access copy was made from the 3/4 inch video, V1986:55/001 in 2019.
A DVD reference copy, V1986:55/001.02 [REF] was made in 2013 from V1986:55/001
F1986:29/002.02 consists of 1 film reel of 35 mm frames of optically enlarged excerpts from the film, created to produce colour transparencies stills and prints of the construction.
A video dub master and sub-master were made in 1986 on U-matic video, V1986:55/001.01 and V1986:55/001.02.
VHS library copies were received from the Ministry in 2004, V2004:004/07.

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No access restrictions.
Conservation restriction: access to original records is restricted, use digital copies.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright assigned to the Royal BC Museum Corporation by the nephew of filmmaker Thomas W. Whitefoot in July, 2004.

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General note

References: Listed in Browne, "Motion Picture Production in B.C.", entry #0201.

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Accession number(s): F1986:29; V1986:55; V2004:04 (94-1779)

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Previously described as AAAA1566.

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photography: The Whitefoot Studio; producer: Stuart Brown; producer: John Anderson; sponsored/presented by: Home Oil Distributors Ltd.; sponsored/presented by: British Pacific Properties; sponsored/presented by: Stuart Cameron Ltd.; sponsored/presented by: Dominion Bridge Co.; producing agency/company: The Whitefoot Studio [attrib.]

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