Fonds glen-3237 - Jim Hall fonds

Aerial view of Calgary, Alberta. Aerial view of Max Bell Arena, Calgary, Alberta. Aerial view of Petro-Canada buildings and surrounding area, Calgary, Alberta. Aerial view of Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta. Aerial view showing Heritage Square site, Calgary, Alberta. Aerial view of Calgary, Alberta. Aerial view of Petro-Canada buildings and surrounding area, Calgary, Alberta. Aerial view of Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta. Aerial view showing St. Hubert Elementary School, Calgary, Alberta. Aerial view of downtown city centre, Calgary, Alberta.
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Jim Hall fonds

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GLEN glen-3237

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4616 photographs : col. negatives; 6 cm x 7cm. -- 0.5 cm of textual records. -- 1 video cassette

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James Richard "Jim" Hall, 1937- , was born in Revelstoke, British Columbia. He and his family moved to Fernie, British Columbia in 1940; and to Millet, Alberta in 1953. During high school at age 16, Jim joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets (RCAC) in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. The following year, he trained and received his private pilot's licence at the Edmonton Flying Club through the RCAC Flying Scholarship Plan. At age 19, Jim received his commercial pilot's license and worked as a bush pilot until he was 21. He then left flying as a full-time occupation to enter a career as an Air Traffic Controller. His first posting was at the Calgary International Airport in 1959. In 1983, Jim took up aerial photography as a hobby which he decided to pursue as a second career after retiring in 1985. He set up a business called Hallmark Photos with an office in Jet Air hangar #59 at the Calgary International Airport. He purchased a medium-format (Pentax 6x7) camera, and developed a camera grip with a cable release which allowed him to both fly the plane and shoot the photographs. Customers from manufacturing, oil, construction, government, and the City of Calgary used his aerial photographs to market and promote tourism, industry, real estate, the film industry and development in Alberta and Canada. A montage of his photos was used for an official Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games poster called the "Aerial Venue". Jim retired again to the interior of British Columbia where he is doing digital photography.

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The fonds consists of aerial photographs primarily of Calgary but also some surrounding areas in southern Alberta and Edmonton; photographs showing 1988 Winter Olympic Games venue sites; further biographical information on Jim Hall and his business as an aerial photographer; official Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games poster "Aerial Venue"; and a video cassette produced by Jim Hall called "Airport 50", documenting the 50th anniversary celebration of the Calgary International Airport.

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Gift of Jim Hall, 2003-2015.


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