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Happy Birthday City of Vancouver Archives Building

December 29th, 2012 @ 9:14am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Today is the City of Vancouver Archives building will celebrate its 39th anniversary. Opening on December 29th, 1973 in at 1150 Chestnut Street near Vanier Park, they were named after the man who started the archives when Vancouver was but a budding young city — Major J.S. Matthews. Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives on […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Snow

December 22nd, 2012 @ 9:24am 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 […]

Vancouver History: Abbott House

December 17th, 2012 @ 10:09am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Nestled between the residential towers of the West End you can spot a few heritage houses that have endured for decades. Some converted to apartments or businesses, others preserved in time like Roedde House. One that sticks out, with no other heritage houses remaining in its immediate vicinity, is Abbott House at 720 Jervis Street […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Granville Island

December 10th, 2012 @ 9:44am by Rebecca Bollwitt

It was on this day in history (1868) that the second Earl Granville was named Secretary of the Colonies. Granville Townsite (Gastown), Granville Street, Granville Island. have all been named after him. It’s a nice tie-in to today’s collection of photos from the archives, which all feature Granville Island. At this time of year it’s […]

Archives Photos of the Day: From the Rooftops

December 5th, 2012 @ 9:49am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Aerial photos of Vancouver are always stunning, giving us a new perspective of our city, mountains, and ocean views. I’ve featured aerial photography and archive aerial photography before but I thought I would get yet another angle for today’s photo roundup. I searched the Vancouver Public Library archives for old rooftop photos, enjoy! 1906 – […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Christmas Decorations

November 30th, 2012 @ 12:13pm 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 […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Ice Skating

November 25th, 2012 @ 4:24pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Scarves and mittens are out as temperatures drop and winter approaches. With the cooler weather and frosted north shore views, I thought old time images of ice skating around Vancouver would be appropriate for this week’s roundup of photos from the Vancouver Public Library and Vancouver City Archives: 1890s – Men Skating at Trout Lake. […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Lions Gate Bridge Construction

November 12th, 2012 @ 10:26am by Rebecca Bollwitt

It was on this day, November 12, 1938, that the Lions Gate Bridge opened to foot traffic — with little fanfare — and it opened to vehicle traffic on November 14th. It wasn’t until May 26, 1939 that the bridge was officially opened by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. 1948, Photographer: […]