Fonds MCA-0165 - Albert Clifford fonds

Measuring the water's height at Tremblay Dam Man shovelling dirt to protect property from flood waters of the Fraser River The break at Dewdney Pumps June 3rd 1948 Horne Ave. 1st day water broke through - May 27th 1948 Mission City Horne Ave. Mission City - June 3rd 1948 Flooded farm in front of Dewdney Mountain Flooded farm Rear of Copeland Motors June 13th, 1948 Mission City Harbour St. Mission City - June 9th 1948 Man and woman being ferried across a small canal Matsqui end of the Mission- Matsqui Bridge June 9- 1948 Men and women on the naval barge LCA980 Mr. Irwin's Farm May 28th 1948 Dewdney Flooded house Men and women on a naval barge Group of people around a table A herd of Jersey milk cows from the Dewdney area are herded towards Mission through water at Hatzic. Green houses, Matsqui June 13th, 1948 BC Telephone linemen work to remove wires from a telephone pole that was threatened by the flood. Bruce Young's home June 9 1948 Matsqui, B.C. High water mark June 6th, 1948 Mission City Bridge McRae Motors Looking towards Matsqui - From Mission- Matsqui Bridge Construction boat. Looking East from Mission- Matsqui Bridge Looking East from Hatzic toward Dewdney Half a mile west of Dewdney Pumps. Crews of sandbaggers rush to fill a weak spot beneath the doub... The break at the Dewdney Pumps Near the Dewdney Crossing. Dewdney Memorial Hall and the Dewdney Garage in background Floodwaters on Mission Flats or Matsqui Looking South from Westminster Abbey
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Albert Clifford fonds


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Born in Atchelitz, BC, Albert (Bert) Clifford (1916-2008) married in 1939 and after the war studied photography before moving to Mission in 1947 to start a business with his wife Madge. Within a year of establishing The Clifford Studio, the devastating flood waters of the Fraser River in 1948 seriously impacted the business. Being one of the few photographers in the community, however, Bert set out equipped with his camera to document the historic event, capturing the catastrophic destruction in Mission and adjacent communities. A number of his images were published in Nature’s Fury: The inside Story of the Disastrous BC Floods.

In the ensuing years, he was able to rebuild his business and in 1953 opened a new studio claimed to be the largest one in British Columbia at the time. Due to the post-war baby boom, photographing babies became a primary focus of the business along with bridal photography. Bert supplemented his income with press photography providing the majority of the images for the Fraser Valley Record newspaper between the 1947 and 1959 which documented day to day life in the community and events such as celebrations, funerals and weddings. After Clifford Studios closed down in 1966, Bert embarked on a new career in real estate, retiring in 1984.

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