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In Their Words : The Story of BC Packers
A forklift driver moving a pallet of canned salmon
A forklift driver moving a pallet of canned salmon into storage at Imperial Cannery, circa 1940s.
City of Richmond Archives 2001-34-, Series 6 sub-series 1, file 3
A forklift driver moving a pallet of canned salmon into storage A labelling and boxing crew at work in the warehouse A close-up of an automatic labelling machine circa. 1950 A close-up of a labelling machine circa 1960 A Japanese-Canadian warehosue crew A warehouse worker stacking heavy wooden cases of canned salmon A forklift driver stacking pallets of canned salmon Cannery workers boxing cooled cans of salmon near the retorts

Warehousing and Shipping

Canned salmon was labelled and boxed in the warehouse. Cans were fed into automatic labelling machines. Each can had a colourful label glued on. Cans were then packed into wooden or cardboard cases for shipment. The British Columbia salmon canning industry measured production by the case. Since 1876, the standard industry case size has been 48 pounds of canned salmon. Cases of British Columbia canned salmon were sent by ship and by rail to markets around the world.

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