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Archive Photos of the Day: Robson Street

July 25th, 2013 @ 11:21am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Granville Street is often the focus of historic Vancouver photo features, with its neon lights on theatre row and ever-changing retail landscape. However, it’s just as fascinating to take a look back at some of downtown’s other key business districts, such as Robson Street. For the popular social media “Throwback Thursday” theme today, the Robson […]

Archive Photos of the Day: King Studio

July 22nd, 2013 @ 1:44pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives host collections of images that have been catalogued including works from Major Matthews (found of the Vancouver Archives), Leonard Frank, W.J. Moore, Philip Timms, and dozens of others. The library has one of these collections for King Studio: 1933: Imperial Oil service station. VPL Number: 70726. […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Swimming

July 17th, 2013 @ 3:30pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s always fun to look back at how Vancouverites used to cool off during the summer months, seeing how our waterfront landscape — and swimming attire — has changed. Since I have previously posted a collection of beach photos (and a short story about the English Bay Pier) today I’m focusing specifically on swimming for […]

Vancouver History Tidbits: Stanley Park Visitors

July 10th, 2013 @ 9:34am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s favourite outdoor recreation destination in the heart of the city. With over 8 million annual visitors, this National Historic Site has been ranked among the top city parks in the world. We enjoy its Seawall, forest trails, attractions, beaches, rose garden, and how it provides us with a splash of nature […]

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 […]