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Archives Photos of the Day: Christmas Decorations

November 30th, 2012 @ 12:13pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s almost December and while some lament the fact that Christmas tunes are already being played on the radio and in stores, others are embracing the season — and people like my neighbour have their tree up already! With Santa Claus parades in Surrey and Vancouver this weekend and tree lighting ceremonies happening around the region, I thought I would take a look at some old festive photos from the Vancouver Public Library archives this week:


1949 – Entrance to Exhibition Park, Christmas trees on pillars. VPL Number: 80776.
Photographer: Tom Christopherson.


1949 – British Properties sales office decorated for Christmas.
VPL Number: 81117. Photographer: Artray.


(Left) 1936 – Fire trucks on West Hastings. VPL Number: 19134. Photographer: Philip Timms.
(Right) 1932 – BC Electric Sales Room decorated for Christmas. VPL Number: 70431A.
Photographer: King Studio.


1963 – Hastings Street from Richards Street at night. VPL Number: 43349.
Photographer: Province Newspaper.


1965 – Vancouver General Hospital X-Mas tree. VPL Number: 42319.
Photographer: Province Newspaper.


Marine Building Interior Decorated for Christmas. VPL Number: 14664 & 14664A.
Photographer: Leonard Frank.


1927 – North West Abbott and Hastings. Woodwards Department Store.
VPL Number: 10419. Photographer: Leonard Frank.


1929 – Spencer’s Department Store at Christmas. VPL Number: 17174.

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One comment

  1. Emilia T says:

    Loved the pictures. I remember the Eatons old location after Spencer’s. The decorations were very magical for me

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