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Archives Photos of the Day: Snow

December 22nd, 2012 @ 9:24am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Snow has been the topic of conversation across the continent over the last few days and heading from Vancouver to the Midwest in the middle of a blizzard makes me appreciate our rainy weather just a little bit more. Despite the traffic snarls and transit interruptions, the snow can in fact be a whole lot of fun — especially during the holidays. I found a few flake-filled photos from the Vancouver Public Library archives that demonstrate just that.


1889 – East side of the 100 block Carrall Street.
VPL Accession Number: 13232. Photographer / Studio: Bailey Bros.


1904 – City hall and Carnegie Library (Hastings at Main).
VPL Accession Number: 3432. Photographer / Studio: Philip Timms.


1909 – Streetcars in the snow (Granville looking south from Dunsmuir).
VPL Accession Number: 7136. Photographer / Studio: Philip Timms.


1908 – West Hastings from Granville.
VPL Accession Number: 7205. Photographer / Studio: Philip Timms.


1900s – Georgia Street in the snow.
VPL Accession Number: 2452. Photographer / Studio: Philip Timms.


1910s – 900 block of Granville in the snow.
VPL Accession Number: 18488. Photographer / Studio: Harold Smith.


1916 – Granville Street covered in snow.
VPL Accession Number: 8303. Photographer / Studio: Philip Timms.


1954 – BC Electric buses at Pender and Seymour in the snow.
VPL Accession Number: 82437. Photographer / Studio: Artray.


1950 – Stanley Park, snow being swept from frozen Lost Lagoon.
VPL Accession Number: 81138. Photographer / Studio: Artray


1971 – Snow storm Downtown.
VPL Accession Number: 9600E. Photographer / Studio: W Roozeboom.


1971 – Snow storm Downtown.
VPL Accession Number: 9600O. Photographer / Studio: W Roozeboom.

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2 comments

  1. Cathy Barzo says:

    Such beautiful pictures. What a different era.

  2. Iris says:

    Seeing these photos really makes me realize how much warmer the weather has become. I love outdoor skating but I have only been able to skate on Long Lake here in Nanaimo once… in the winter of 1983. The Nanaimo mayor at the time, Frank Ney was also skating on the lake so I felt safe somehow (as in I would not fall through).

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