Collection F 4631 - Alan Bulman collection of sound and moving image records

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Alan Bulman collection of sound and moving image records

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CA ON00009 F 4631

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  • [192-?]-1969, predominant [192-?]-1949 (Creation)

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17 reels of motion picture film (2 hours, 50 minutes)
2 audio cassettes (ca. 2 hours)

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Alan Bulman (1926-) is a veteran, businessman, and film technician who specialized in the preservation and restoration of archival film in Toronto from 1963 to 1994.

Alan Bulman, son of Joseph and Jane (Henley) Bulman, was born in 1926 in Cyprus. Alan undertook his early studies in Glasgow, Scotland, before volunteering for the Royal Navy in 1943. After being on deferred service for a year, he was called to service in 1944 and was taught to fly just as World War II ended. It was in learning how to fly that Alan was exposed to photography. His interest was further piqued when he worked for British Films Limited in Bullham, London, after the war, where he obtained experience working with the preservation of archival footage.

Alan Bulman emigrated to Canada in 1963. From 1965 to 1970, Alan worked at Graphic Consultants Limited, a film restoration house and stock footage company in Toronto. Alan then worked as a Special Projects Officer in the Design Team for Ontario Place from 1970 to 1974, where his work mostly entailed providing archival footage. In 1974, Alan Bulman set up his own business “Colour Prints,” which he operated until he sold the business in 1994.

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The collection consists of sound and moving image records accumulated by Alan Bulman from 1965 to 1994. The films relate to Ontario locales including North Bay, Fenelon Falls, and Stratford. Other subject matter in the film footage includes: gold production in Ontario; the University of Toronto; Steep Rock Iron Mines Limited; a school bus in Ridgetown, Ontario; aviation in Toronto in the 1920s; a strike at the General Motors of Canada plant in Oshawa, Ontario; the 1930s Hi-Li game craze (a popular game in the 1930s); Red Cross emergency relief work; men from the Eglinton Hunt Club participating in a fox hunt; and the jitterbug dance. Also included is footage of Ontario troops in WWII.

Two audio cassettes contain interviews conducted by Alan Bulman and Greg Hoy with George Patton in February of 1969. George Patton, former Director of the Ontario Motion Picture Bureau (OMPB), discusses his work with the OMPB, Father Joseph Gravelle's purchase of the OMPB's collection of 28 mm films, the OMPB theatre at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), and getting fired from the OMPB in 1934. Patton also discusses his involvement in facilitating the purchase of 28 mm film projectors for every agricultural representative in Ontario, as well as his three month trip to England in 1930, where he made twenty films. In the interview, Bulman also discusses with Patton the content of an OMPB catalogue of films.

For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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The records were donated to the Archives of Ontario by Alan Bulman in 2011.


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Copyright status unknown. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.

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For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

Associated materials

Associated material in other institutions:

The Allan Bulman collection of photographs (R9741-0-4-E) and The Graphic Consultants collection of moving images (R9198-0-1-E) are both housed at Library and Archives Canada.

Related material at the Archives of Ontario:

Other records, including films, relating to the Steep Rock Iron Mines Limited can be found in F 1344 (Steep Rock Iron Mines Limited fonds) and F 4601 (George Hunter Photography fonds). Two films of the OMPB are in RG 6-145 (Ontario Motion Picture Bureau films).

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Added Apr/12.

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