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LIMITED EDITION 45 YEAR AVRO ARROW MEMORIAL PHOTO ALBUMS

The story of the Photos

Early in 2002 I found out that the Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa had acquired more than 14,000 photo negatives from Hawker Siddeley Canada Ltd. in the early 1990s. These recorded many aspects of the former A.V.Roe Canada Ltd. umbrella organization that included Avro Aircraft Ltd. and Orenda Engines Ltd. They are stored in many small boxes and drawers in several places around the museum.
Some sorting of these negatives had been done by volunteers soon after their acquisition but only in a global way. I became a registered volunteer and got the task of continuing this process. Was I in for a surprise! Day after day I stared, like a Radiologist, at the lightbox - passing my loop over the 4 X 5 inch negative with obvious delight, sometimes boredom and yes, 'Eureka!' at times.
After several months I isolated approximately 3,000 negatives that applied directly to the Avro Arrow and Orenda Iroquois developments. Further sorting into Avro and Orenda, then into development,

manufacturing, operating, ceremonial/events, people, and then further subsets of these, led to being able to pick about 360 really superb photos. These photos relate to important events that tie into a 45 year memorial possibility. They are the Arrow's rollout, the Arrow's first flight and the Iroquois' rollout...yes there was an Iroquois rollout celebration, albeit with less fanfare than the Arrow. Many of these were new to me and a delight to behold.
BGM imaging in Ottawa is the designated photo processing house for the museum

After some time/price negotiations with BGM's vice-president Rip Jones, the negatives were supplied in three batches. Paul Latreille , their experienced darkroom man, was assigned to the job. Both BGM and Paul are to be commended for the effort they put into this project. One never knows the quality of the positive that comes from an old negative. Many times several exposures were made in order to balance grey scales and saturations of black and white, so that later computer scanning would have the best possible result. Furthermore, the work was completed in record time. The quality of BGM's work coupled with the photo retouching skills of Joe VanVeenen, our Graphic Designer, gives you these wonderful snapshots of an unforgettable period in our aviation history.

Peter Zuuring,
Kingston, ON, Fall 2002

 

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