Littlebury collection [graphic materials] / Littlebury, Cyril R.

Collection number
Physical description
782 photographs : b&w negatives
Administrative history / Biographical sketch

Cyril Joseph Rowland Littlebury (1898-1936)

Cyril Joseph Rowland Littlebury was born in England in 1898 and moved with his family first to New Zealand, and then eventually to settle in Calgary, Alberta. After the death of his mother in 1927, Cyril Littlebury appears to have moved to Vancouver from Calgary, possibly with his father Arthur. Cyril is listed as printer in the 1929 business directory at the same residential address as Arthur. Initially he seemed to have worked as a commercial printer, and in the 1930 directory (Wriggley) they are listed as photographers. Cyril and Arthur probably worked together as photographers in 1935-1936. Up until recently, Cyril was mostly known for his photographs of railways. During his time in Calgary (from 1912 to 1927) he worked as a clerk for a lawfirm, a fireman for the CNR, and a pressman for his father’s printing business. His photographic work is unclear. There are thousands of images of trains and railways, mostly from the 1900s to the early 1930s. Had 29 pictures in total published in the British periodical, “The Railway Magazine”, between 1919-1934. There are also many holiday pictures of Vancouver, gardens and some buildings, presumably taken during any of the many visits out west. Cyril used to go down to Brockton or Prospect Points at Stanley Park and photograph the ships coming in. He would then develop them at night, and head down to the docks the next day where he would sell them to the passengers and crew.

Cyril was married in 1929, but divorced soon after. He passed away December 10, 1936 at the age of 40.


Scope & content

Collection consists of 782 negatives. The majority of the images display Stanley Park and the Vancouver waterfront. Additional images are of Mr. Littlebury's travels.

Work on this collection is underway. Some photograph descriptions are missing or incomplete.

Related materials
See also the Cyril Littlebury fonds at UBC Rare Books & Special Collections.
Reproductions: Public domain.