Calgary at a Crossroads

It's Calgary as you've never seen it.

Film footage of our city from the 1920s is very rare indeed. Only a few have been tracked down, and are held in the Glenbow Museum's collections.

As part of our Calgary at a Crossroads project — an ongoing exploration of who we are as a city, and what makes Calgary so, well, Calgary — we wanted to share one of those films with you. It's called, "Know Your Friends in Calgary."

It was shot by an unknown filmmaker around 1925. The exact date is lost in the mists of time, as are the names of the folks you'll see.

William Oliver

Capturing Calgary in the '20s, William J. Oliver was one of the early documenters of our city. (Glenbow Museum photo archives)

History as mystery 

So sit back, relax and check out your city 90 years ago.

See the latest in lady's cutting edge fashion. Marvel at what's all the rage in gentleman's top hats. Be wow'd by the fastest cars and the coolest businesses. There's also a military parade for good measure.

So, click away. Enjoy travelling back in time. And if you think you know who any of these proud early Calgary men and women are, let us know in our comments section!


A gentleman has always known his car makes a statement about who he is. Prominent Calgary businessman J. R. Jaynes poses with his car at his home at 2124 Hope Street S.W. (Glenbow Museum photo archives)

Calgary at a Crossroads is CBC Calgary's special focus on life in our city during the downturn. A look at Calgary's culture, identity and what it means to be Calgarian. Read more stories from the series at Calgary at a Crossroads.