E is for E.A. Smith

A Chinese cannery worker slices the heads off salmon before they are fed into the E.A. Smith butchering machine. This worker was one of the lucky few to keep his job when the machine revolutionized the canning line. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, CFC-3-21-9.

I is for Ice House

Two men brave the chill of the cold storage area at Namu Cannery, BC ca. 1940. Big blocks of ice were also stored in a little known part of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery plant. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, G2005.063.001q.

J is for John Sullivan Deas

An old boiler retires at the Deas Island Regional Park. Now a prime photo op, in its heyday it may have served to power the machines at the bustling Deas Island Cannery. Photo by Stephen Rees.

L is for Lead Solder

Vacuum sealing machines were introduced into canneries to replace the dangerous and time-consuming practice that preceded it – a relief to cannery workers and consumers alike! Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, G2010.027.026.