Archive for the category "history"

Archives Photos of the Day: Family Day Special: Timms Family

February 11th, 2013 @ 11:20am by Rebecca Bollwitt

To celebrate BC’s first Family Day holiday, I turned up some old time family photos in the Vancouver Public Library‘s archives. Photographer Philip Timms, whose photos often grace the pages of this site, features his family in many of his photos making them a top hit in my archives searches. Having picnics, hanging out at […]

Vancouver in 1936: MGM Traveltalk Newsreel

February 7th, 2013 @ 2:15pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Travel vloggers eat your hearts out! Back in 1936 James A. FitzPatrick presented a series of newsreels in fantastic new Technicolor called Traveltalks which included profiles of Victoria and Vancouver. Most of Fitzpatrick’s Traveltalks were produced by MGM and featured over a hundred destinations, from Motoring in Mexico (1943) and Chicago the Beautiful (1948) to […]

Heritage Week in BC 2013 with Vancouver Heritage Foundation

February 6th, 2013 @ 9:39am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is celebrating Heritage Week in BC (February 18th to 24th) by hosting a series of events that shine a spotlight on our local history. Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Chinatown: Why is it a National Historic Site? Historian John Atkin and Planner Jeannette Hlavach lead this lecture about Chinatown and the process […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Maps

January 30th, 2013 @ 1:44pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

One of my prized possessions is an original 1876 Map of Westminster that depicts the Lower Mainland a decade before Vancouver even became a city. Unfortunately for me it’s on loan from my father but I enjoy inspecting it every now and then to follow the lines of rivers and creeks that have disappeared, boundaries […]

St. Regis Hotel Celebrates 100 Years

January 29th, 2013 @ 10:13am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The St. Regis Hotel has stood on the corner of Dunsmuir and Seymour for the last 100 years and to mark the milestone they would like to hear from visitors, guests, and anyone who has spent time at the hotel in the last century. 1915 – VPL #20021 Dominion Photo Co. The St. Regis Hotel […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Snowy Streets

January 18th, 2013 @ 10:09am by Rebecca Bollwitt

When the rest of Metro Vancouver is blanketed with centimeters of snow you’ll often find the streets bare or covered in slush downtown. Our snow build-up doesn’t usually compare to other parts of the region but that wasn’t always the case. I found a few frosty photos from the Vancouver Public Library archives that show […]

Vancouver History Tidbits: Knight Street Bridge

January 15th, 2013 @ 4:00pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s not as old as the Pattullo or as iconic as the Lions Gate but today the Knight Street Bridge turns 39. It was on January 15, 1974 that the Richmond and Vancouver bridge opened to traffic. Over the years it has served a purpose and its most noteworthy and newsworthy moments haven’t usually been […]

Archive Photos: Denman Arena

January 4th, 2013 @ 1:09pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tomorrow is the 101st anniversary of the first professional hockey game ever played in Vancouver. It took place on January 5th, 1912 at Denman Arena, which stood near the corner of Georgia and Denman in downtown Vancouver. The Vancouver Millionaires defeated the New Westminster Royal 8 to 3. 1913 – Denman Arena at 1805 Georgia […]