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Wilhelmsen fonds Alta Lake Trains
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Photographs

Personal photos belonging to Franz Wilhelmsen, comprising:

Photos from Philip Wilhelmsen’s family album:

  • Franz with Annette and various other people, [1980s-1990s]
  • Franz and Stefan Ples. Caption on verso: “Dad/Stephan[sic] Ples”
  • Franz and another man standing next to a helicopter
  • Black and white photograph. Caption on verso: “Dad & Crown Princess Martha, 1942”

Skiing photographs:

  • Franz skiing with Pierre Trudeau and Jim McConkey [1970s]. Caption on verso: “McConkey/Trudeau/Dad”
  • Four people in skis sitting on a bench, March 1977

Ship photograph:

  • Nitinat. Caption: “Dad’s First Coastal Water Enterprise” [1950s]. The Nitinat was a ship, part of Franz’s first business venture after the war.

Captioned photographs:

  • Four people in skis sitting on a bench. Caption: “ ‘One of the [Lawman] Annie Benches’ – The plank would be raised as the snow deapth [sic] increased. Invented by Annette Wilhelmsen, to the right in her canary suit.”
  • Douglas McKay Brown, Franz Wilhelmsen, Eric Beardmore and Annette Wilhelmsen boarding a train. Caption: “Spring 1961, early morning boarding on P.G.E. Railway for exploring around Alta Lake: Douglas McKay Brown, Vancouver Solicitor, Franz, Eric Beardmore who built the first hotel at Whistler, the Cheakamus Inn, and Annette Wilhelmsen.”
  • The old Stud Sawmill. Caption: “This is what was left of the old stud sawmill in the Valley by 1960.”

Holiday card photographs

Negatives:

  • Early Whistler, 1961-1962
  • Franz Wilhelmsen
  • Boarding the train
  • Standing by a helicopter