7.25” x 11.25” photo album with just under 300 photos inside, which appears to have belonged to A.L. Barabash, whose name is written on the inside cover along with “Some memories from Britannia Beach, Townsite, BC 1941.” The album dates from 1939-1942 and show fun with friends, military related images and spectacular photo collages and drawings within the album. One photo shows Barabash in uniform and identifies him as a private in the 3rd platoon of Company I, and his regimental number was L601103.
The album is in two sections. You start in with one and go about have way through the album, then close the album, turn it around and start the other way. Most of the album is annotated with lots of fun captions. All of the photos are from Canada and include Stanley Park, Vancouver, Mt. Robson, Jasper, etc. One photo shows an airplane named “Hurricane Hawker” in 1939 in Vancouver. Other photos show a band, a pie eating contest, tennis, swimming, mountain climbing, fishing trips, jazz bands, “Orphans” Baseball team, skiing, Copper plant and miners, ice skating, etc There are many people identified within the album including Art Holman, Al Galloway, Bob Bogle (RCAF), Kay Smith, Joe Stanowich, Mike Malisky, George Brown, Alex Poole, Helen Smith, Lynda Adams (high diving champ of Canada), Doug Markland, etc.
But what takes my breath away in this album are the amazing photo collages. There is a centerfold two-page collage of a snow skiing scene and another page shows the Orphans Ball baseball team with an unfinished collage of a jazz band. There are also drawings and painted captions including “Army and Air Force.”
The album is completely filled with just a few missing photos. It’s an illustrated story that will capture your imagination and take you to another time.