Fonds PR-1795 - Telefilm Services Limited fonds

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Telefilm Services Limited fonds

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  • moving images

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  • 1949-1973 (Creation)
    Telefilm Services Ltd.

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85 film reels

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Established by freelance cameraman Bob Elliott in Vancouver, B.C., Telefilm Services Ltd. provided film processing and cinematography services to a variety of commercial and institutional clients.

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The fonds consists of films of Bob Elliott's company Telefilm Services Limited including television commercials and notable events such as provincial elections, the Grey Cup riots, and the visit of the Beatles and other celebrities. The fonds consists of original and edited film footage shot by Vancouver freelancer Bob Elliott. A wide variety of local, industrial and promotional subjects are included, as are television commercials and news clips. Highlights include: the demolition of the second Hotel Vancouver, 1949; British Empire Games, 1954 (including the Bannister-Landy "Miracle Mile" and the defeat of marathon runner James Peters); Princess Margaret in Vancouver, 1958; Ripple Rock explosion, 1958; CP Air's first trans-Canada jetliner flight, 1959; W.A.C. Bennett's 1960 and 1963 election campaign tours; B.C. Liberal Party convention, 1962; a filmed presentation (for TV) featuring Robert Strachan, from the NDP's 1963 election campaign; the Queen Mother's 1963 visit to Vancouver; the 1964 visit of the Beatles to Vancouver, and scenes at their Empire Stadium concert; Vancouver City Police horse training, motorcycle drill team footage, and Marine Squad on patrol in and around Vancouver Harbour, ca.1965; operations of Columbia Cellulose and Crown Zellerbach Ltd.; views of Houston and land-clearing in the Bulkley Valley, ca.1964-66; stock shots of Vancouver streets, Stanley Park, etc.; the BC Ferry Authority vessels City of Vancouver, Queen of Nanaimo and Queen of New Westminster.

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  • Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage requires special retrieval and handling.

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Content notes and inventory in file F1985:03/01-85.

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No further accruals are anticipated.

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Archives code(s): F1985:03

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References: Listed in Duffy, "Camera West", entry #E/08.

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Accession number(s): F1985:03


Moving image originals may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.

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