Digitization Project & Photo of the Week

This summer, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society has received a grant from the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s British Columbia History Digitization Program to undertake the full-scale digitization of our unique historic photo collection. The collection consists of approximately 5,000 images that illustrate the history of the development of B.C.’s fishing industry.

So far Digitization staff Dorian and Jenna have processed over 1,000 photos, including some 35mm slides and undeveloped negatives. Over the next few months, staff will continue scanning and writing descriptions for the photos, as well as placing the digitized collection online for full and easy access.

Much of the Society’s historic photograph collection has never been seen by the general public, and although many of our exhibits and marketing materials showcase some of the gems of this collection, the vast majority go unseen.

To highlight some of the previously un-displayed photographs, and to augment our information about them, we will be featuring a “Photo of the Week” throughout the summer. The photos we will be highlighting contain one or more elements which have stumped the digitization staff – it could be the name of the vessel, the exact location of the photograph, approximate year, or any other element.

So, each Wednesday for the rest of the summer we will be putting up one photograph with a brief description and asking for your help in filling in the blanks. If you can help us, just post a comment or email Rachel with your answers.

So, without further ado, here is our first photograph:

Photo of the Week - June 2

Taken sometime in the 1930s, this photograph shows an unidentified cannery and its surrounding buildings, possibly somewhere along the B.C. coast between Nootka and Butedale. In the center-left of the photo stand three cylindrical tanks, possibly part of a reduction plant process. Also, this photo was taken during low tide, as suggested by the low water level and visible pilings. This photograph is part of the McMillen Family Photographs and measures 4 X 6 inches.

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