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Archive for the category "history"

Vancouver Icons: Hollow Tree

February 22nd, 2013 @ 2:29pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Hollow Tree in Stanley Park has been the main focus of tourist photo ops for the last century. Images of cyclists, couples, and even cars (inside the tree) come up often in my search of the Vancouver Public Library and Vancouver City Archives. However, when I search for recent photos, like in the Miss604 Flickr […]

Vancouver History: James Murray Yale

February 20th, 2013 @ 1:10pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in 1833, James Murray Yale – namesake of Yale, BC and Yaletown in Vancouver – took command of the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Langley. He was 36 years old and had been with the company for half his life already. 1900s – Yale, BC. VPL Number: 41974. Photo credit: Edwards Brothers. […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Croton Studio Photographers

February 18th, 2013 @ 1:19pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

During my weekly perusal of the Vancouver Public Library Archives I came across the photography collection of Croton Studio, based out of New Westminster. The collection from this commercial photography studio spans the years 1950 to 1978 and features everything from hockey games and holidays to media personalities and parades. They were the official municipal […]

Surrey File: Chuck Bailey

February 15th, 2013 @ 8:38am by Rebecca Bollwitt

I was recently contributing photos to Tourism Surrey’s Flickr Group and selected several of the images I took while on a photowalk in Whalley with my sister and my nephews. The boys were in Little League and so we had walked around the ballparks and then over to the recreation centre. Captured in many of […]

Vancouver Icons: Hotel Europe

February 13th, 2013 @ 10:54am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver has a few triangle-shaped buildings but none are as prominent and photographed as the Hotel Europe across from Maple Tree Square in Gastown making it today’s Vancouver Icon photo feature. (Left) 1908 – Completed Hotel Europe. Archives #HotP17. (Right) 1910s – Archives #M-11-32. 1960s – Archives #CVA 1135-57. Our very own Flatiron Building was […]

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 […]