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Archive for the category "history"

Vancouver Icons: Malkin Bowl

July 8th, 2013 @ 9:04am by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in 1934, Malkin Bowl hosted its first performance of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra making it my choice for today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature: 1940s – Photographer: Jack Lindsay, Item #: CVA 1184-1963. The Marion Malkin Memorial Bowl was a named in honor of Mayor W.H. Malkin‘s wife (who passed away in 1933), […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Canada Day

July 1st, 2013 @ 10:14am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Looking through the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives for Canada Day content I had to remember to modify my search terms to “Dominion Day”, as it was called until 1982. Vancouver has had some great-looking Dominion Day celebrations in the past with downtown parades being the main attraction: Dominion Day decorations: 1917: […]

Vancouver Photographer: Harry Torkington Devine

June 25th, 2013 @ 10:25am by Rebecca Bollwitt

On my daily search of the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives I come across the work of local photographers from the last century (and beyond). While a photo from the archives makes us reflect, compare, and contemplate “early Vancouver”, it’s always important to note who took that photo, which is my aim […]

Archive Photos of the Day: BC Place

June 19th, 2013 @ 3:33pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in 1983, the newly-inflated BC Place was opened by Premier Bill Bennett and it forever changed the Vancouver’s skyline. It was the world’s largest air-supported domed stadium until its deflation in 2010 when major renovation work (including a retractable roof) began. In honour of the venue’s 30th anniversary, it’s my Archive Photos […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Markets

June 13th, 2013 @ 11:19am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Farmers markets, night markets, and our beloved Granville Island Market are a big part of what makes living in Vancouver so great. In fact, the city could nearly double its farmers markets by the end of this decade. Today, I’ve dug up some old market photos from the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver […]

Vancouver History: William Robert Broughton

June 12th, 2013 @ 12:25pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

John and I enjoyed a few days exploring “The Other Vancouver”, which is Vancouver, Washington. Located about two hours south of Seattle along the I-5, this Vancouver sits along the Columbia River and was incorporated in 1857, 29 years before Vancouver, BC. Captain George Vancouver Monument in Vancouver, Washington I’ve always loved looking up the […]

Archive Photos of the Day: June in Vancouver

June 7th, 2013 @ 3:29pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

After hints of summer-like temperatures tease us in late May, the beginning of June is usually rather gloomy in Vancouver. The long weekend doesn’t come until the end of the month, the kids are still in school, and rain showers often put a damper barbecue and camping plans. However, there’s always a lot happening around […]

Vancouver History: Photographer Curt Lang

June 5th, 2013 @ 1:24pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last year there was a symposium at SFU about the cultural impact of Curt Lang’s work and his name is one I come across often when perusing the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives. Lang was much more than a photographer and the symposium focused on a book by Claudia Cornwall titled: At […]