The Uno Langmann Family Collection of British Columbia Photographs contains postcards, family photo albums, and ephemera from the 1850s through the 1970s. The collection of over 18,000 photographs was donated to UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections by Uno and Dianne Langmann. A portion of these photographs have been digitized and are accessible through Open Collections.
In addition to 79 photograph albums (containing 8,893 photographs), the digital collection contains 1,527 postcards. These postcards depict a range of subjects including landscapes, buildings and streets, parks, and bodies of water. Many of the postcards feature images taken by important photographers, including George Alfred Barrowclough, Leonard Frank, and Philip T. Timms. To provide a starting point for exploring the Uno Langmann postcards, we have compiled a brief profile for each of these three photographers, along with some representative postcards from the collection.
George Alfred Barrowclough
Born in England in 1872, George Alfred Barrowclough immigrated to Canada as a child with his family. In 1906, he moved from Winnipeg to the Lower Mainland, where he lived with his brother in Burnaby before moving to Vancouver in 1909.
The majority of Barrowclough’s postcards are from 1908-1912. The photographs focus on typical scenes, buildings, and popular destinations in and around Vancouver:
Notably, Barrowclough also took pictures of news events, like these photos of a streetcar crash and rubble from a fire:
And sometimes, his captions sometimes featured a bit of humor:
Born in 1870 in Germany, Leonard Frank immigrated to San Francisco in 1892 during the gold rush. Although he never found gold, he won a camera in a raffle, and then moved north to Alberni, B.C. in 1894. He ran a general store and started a small studio there, then relocated to Vancouver in 1917, where he became a prominent commercial photographer.
The Uno Langmann collection contains 84 postcards featuring Leonard Frank photographs. Several of the photographs in the collection are landscapes, featuring locations across B.C.:
This photograph was taken in Alberni, B.C., before Leonard Frank moved to Vancouver:
Like most postcard photographers, Leonard Frank also photographed buildings and attractions in Vancouver:
Philip T. Timms
Philip Timms had a long and impressive career: born in 1874 in Toronto, he finally retired in 1968, after a 70-year career as a photographer. His photographs feature scenes from both the Lower Mainland and northern British Columbia. In addition to his independent work, he was the official photographer for the Vancouver Museum.
- Grant, Peter. Wish You Were Here: Life on Vancouver Island in Historical Postcards. Victoria: TouchWood Editions, 2002.
- Thirkell, Fred, Robert Scullion. Breaking News: The Postcard Images of George Alfred Barrowclough. Surrey, BC: Heritage House, 2004.
- Biography of Leonard Frank (VPL)
- Leonard Frank Collection (VPL)
- British Columbia Through the Camera Lens of Philip Timms (VPL)
- Philip Timms Collection (VPL)