The digitization of Vancouver Public Library's Special Collections historical photographs collection began in June 2000 with the Leonard Frank Photodigitization Project. Vancouver's Golden Years: 1900-1910... builds on the first project with the digitization of the Philip T. Timms Collection. InMagic DB\Textworks and Web Publisher software have been used to facilitate searching and displaying the scanned photographic records on the world wide web. Creation of this rich, new, digital photograph collection will serve to:
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Collection Being Digitized
The Philip T. Timms Collection
The Vancouver Public Library is privileged to have a collection of photographs taken by Philip Thomas Timms between 1900 and 1910. These photographs provide a rich contribution to the cultural heritage of the city of Vancouver, as well as a cornerstone upon which the Vancouver Public Library historical photograph collection is built. Philip Timms moved to Vancouver from Toronto in 1898 attracted by the prospect of prosperity resulting from the goldstrike in the Klondike. From 1900 to 1968 he managed his own photography and printing shop producing thousands of postcards and photographs, the earliest of which capture a golden era in Vancouver's history when the city was young, confident and affluent. Spacious streetscapes, new buildings, ships, parks, parades, and children: all were subjects for the Timms camera that ultimately contributed towards a composite image of Vancouver in her infancy.
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Navigation Bar: VPL 5233, P. Timms, 1906, Looking north on Granville Street from Dunsmuir Street. Includes: Fairfield Building, CPR Station
This digital collection was produced with financial assistance from Canada's Digital Collections Initiative, Industry Canada.