Collection PR-1044 - George Allen collection

Pitt Meadow Cenotaph under const. Old zoo animal house B.C. Sugar Refinery Burrard dry dock, 8 ships Burrard dry dock, U.S.S. Cetala, Cordena, Cynthia, Chicco, Camouson, Arinfirth, Westholme, Rochel... New West. penitentiary Lulu Island farmlands Lulu Island farmlands Van. Creosoting & Cap. Timber Van. Creosoting & Cap. Timber Van. Creosoting & Cap. Timber Victoria Harbour Canadian Peuget [sic] Sound Lumber Co. Convent of Sacred Heart, Pt. Grey C.N.R. depot Grosvenor Hotel int. & ex. Dining saloom, S.S. Empress of Russia S.S. Empress of Asia : the Lounge Cars & people, Prospect Point Figurehead The writing room, S.S. Empress of Russia Sydney, V.I. Anyox B.C., glory hole Anyox, B.C., glory hole Anyox, B.C., glory hole Anyox, B.C., glory hole Oblique survey of Fraser River from mouth center arm to New West. bridge, all looking North up to... Oblique survey of Fraser River from mouth center arm to New West. bridge, all looking North up to... Lulu Island airport
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George Allen collection

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  • 1901-1954 (Creation)
    Allen, George

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5419 photographs

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George Allen was a photographer in Vancouver, B.C.

Custodial history

Accession 198312-005 was purchased from George Allen in 1981. Accession 199111-001 was donated in 1991 by Kenne Allen, the son of George Allen.

Scope and content

The collection consists of photographs acquired or collected by George Allen and include the following: ca. 1730 nitrate negatives depicting early aerial photography of the B.C. lower mainland and Pacific west coast to Anyox, for the period 1926-1932. These photographs were taken by the photographer Stuart Thomson, and also by Western Canada Airways/Pacific Airways Lt., precursors of Canadian Pacific Air. These photographs are numbered from 1a to 1726 with gaps.

There are ca. 1150 negatives, both glass and nitrate, of views depicting Vancouver and area, Fraser River Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo, roads etc. taken from 1901 to the 1930's, all taken by professional photographers including Stuart Thomson, the Edwards Brothers, Richard Broadbridge and Gowen Sutton Company Ltd. These photographs are numbered from 1301 to 3230 with gaps.

The collection also includes ca. 2570 nitrate negatives and contact prints of the Okanagan region, Vancouver Island, some of Banff, Calgary, Lethbridge, Winnipeg, and Quebec from the 1920s to 1954. These photographs were mainly taken by photographer C. C. Wright while in the employ of Gowen and Sutton, commercial producer of postcards. These photographs were acquired by George Allen in the 1950's and added to his collection. They are numbered from 1 to 1945 with many large gaps and unnumbered files.

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Conservation restriction: negatives in cold storage are unavailable, use contact prints.

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Contact prints have been made of many of the negatives. For contact prints in 198312-005, see containers 000341-0001 to 000341-0020.
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Accession number(s): 198312-005 (89-0970); 199111-001 (91-5534)


Nitrate negatives have been frozen.

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Includes nitrate negatives, glass negatives and prints.

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