Philip Timms - early B.C. photographer
See Vancouver Public Library - British Columbia Through the Camera Lens of Philip Timms
"Philip Timms' interests varied from shopkeeper, to professional printer and commercial photographer, to amateur archaeologist, archivist and historian, to musician, vocalist, choir and band leader, projectionist, lecturer and frustrated actor. He developed his own home museum, auditorium and theatre, was comfortable in churches of every denomination and was a deeply committed vegetarian and antivivisectionist.
Timms' considered his greatest professional accomplishment to be the photographic record that he created of Vancouver between 1900 and 1910. However, the images that he took during his travels throughout the province of British Columbia during subsequent years are also a tremendous cultural legacy. Timms' curiosity and adventurous spirit drew him to photograph many of the province's natural wonders. Like Leonard Frank who loved to photograph "The Lions", Timms loved to photograph the mountains, his favourite being "Black Tusk" in Garibaldi Provincial Park. He also loved the giant old-growth trees such as those in Stanley Park; his young son Harold was a favourite model to help indicate the scale. Timms was keenly interested in all the ways of life in the new frontier that was British Columbia. As a consequence, the photographic record that he left behind affords us a valuable glimpse of the province during its period of growth from a frontier outpost to a well-established centre of industry and tourism."
Philip Timms with violiln, Vancouver. VPL 18554
Thank you Vancouver Public Library for text and images
Timms' Indian Mission North Vancouver. Sold for $495 in our 14 January 2017 auction.
Stanley Park, Vancouver
Timms' Victory-Tree Life in Stanley Park 1909 stamp flty 1c Postcard to N.B. >
Sold for $71.50 in our 17th December 2016 auctdion.
Timms Unused Auto Parade in Stanley Park Real Photo Postcard >
Sold for $108 in 10th December 2016 auction
Timms' 1906 Totem Pole Stanley Park 2c Edward Postcard to Seattle >
English Bay, Vancouver
Timms' Girls Swimming Race English Bay Vancouver Unu B&W RPPC >
Timms' English Bay Surf Vancouver, B.C. Unused Postcard mount marks etc >
Bend of the Road, Vancouver, B.C. 1909 1c Postcard to New West >
Sold for $48 in our 19th November 2016 auction.
Timms' Unused Black & White Port Moody, B.C. Real Photo Postcard circa 1908
Lot 97 in our auction Saturday 15th October 2016
Port Moody, B.C. Unused Spring 1908 B&W Timms' Real Photo Postcard
Lot 90 in our auction Saturday 8th October 2016 sold for $93.50
Second Beach, Vancouver
Timms' Afternoon at Second Beach Vancouver, B.C. Postcard to G.B. Sml flaws
Eburne, B.C. B&W Real Photo Fair Postcard
Bowen Island, B.C.
The Way to Dance Hall & Hotel Bowen Island, B.C. Unused Postcard
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