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Vancouver History: Rogers Building

September 2nd, 2013 @ 10:39am by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in history (September 2nd, 1927) Jonathan Rogers sold his namesake “Rogers Building” at the corner of Pender and Granville for $1 million to General F. A. ‘One Arm’ Sutton. At the time, it was the biggest real estate transaction in the city’s history. [source] Rogers was among Vancouver’s earliest pioneers and in […]

Archive Photos of Stanley Park

August 20th, 2013 @ 11:34am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Celebrate! Stanley Park is coming up this weekend in honour of the 125th anniversary of the iconic public park on the edge of the city. “Lord Stanley threw his arms to the heavens, as though embracing within them the whole of one thousand acres of primeval forest, and dedicated it ‘to the use and enjoyment […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Kingsway

August 15th, 2013 @ 3:44pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The street we know as Kingsway today connected New Westminster to Vancouver as far back as 1860 (before Vancouver was a city). Following the wagon road built by the Royal Engineers between the Colony of British Columbia in New Westminster and the area near Granville Townsite, it has stayed pretty true to its original path […]

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), […]