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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: […]

Vancouver History: Photographer Art Jones

November 7th, 2012 @ 2:07pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

After publishing almost 100 posts with collections of photos from the Vancouver Archives and Vancouver Public Library, I have taken note of some important and prolific photographers from Vancouver’s earlier days. One name that comes up often is Artray Studio“>Artray Studios or Artray Limited. Today’s collection of photos from the Vancouver Library Archives features the […]

Vancouver History Oddities: Crow Commute

November 2nd, 2012 @ 11:29am by Rebecca Bollwitt

If you’ve lived in Vancouver long enough there are a few things that become a part of your everyday routine. At noon the O! Canada horns will sound at Canada Place, at 9:00pm the Nine O’Clock Gun will fire, and at around 5:30pm tens of thousands of crows will retreat to Burnaby from Vancouver. Photo […]