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Aerial Photos of Vancouver – From Vancouver History

September 14th, 2010 @ 11:04am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Some of my favourite old photos of Vancouver are aerials, taken from planes that have soared above the city for decades. It’s hard to match up the old photos with new ones either that I take myself or that I find on Flickr so the following compilation is simply archived imagery. As I spent my morning hanging off a 20-story building, I figure shots from the sky would be a fitting theme for today’s post.

Aerial Photos of Vancouver


1919. East along Georgia, from Denman. Archives Item# CVA 1123-5

1931. Georgia at Pender, looking East. Archives Item# Van Sc P7

1932. Vancouver, looking North. Archives Item# CVA 677-712

1959. Vancouver, looking North. Photo by: Roozeboom, W. VPL Accession Number: 65824

1945. Vancouver City Hall. Archives Item# City P45

1965. Empire Stadium & PNE grounds. Photo by: The Province. VPL Accession Number: 42620

1946. Vancouver, looking North. Archives Item# Air P24

1990. Vancouver, looking North. Archives Item# CVA 1502-1417
City, Suburb, Ocean, Mountain
2008. Downtown Vancouver. Photo credit: Ecstaticist on Flickr

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4 comments

  1. Phanyxx says:

    Wow, great post. I’m a total sucker for Vancouver archive photos…

  2. Hoodsurf says:

    Great pics – the 1990 one really shows how much change there’s been in the last 20 years as compared to prior eras.

  3. fotoeins says:

    I love seeing the evolution of a city documented in this way. Thanks for the post.

  4. roger says:

    excellant aerial photo’s

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