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2013 Top 10 Endangered Sites Tour with Heritage Vancouver

April 11th, 2013 @ 4:29pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Since 2001, Heritage Vancouver has published a Top Ten Endangered Sites list bringing attention and awareness to buildings and landmarks around the city that may be threatened. 1923 – St Paul’s Hospital on Burrard. Archives item# Bu N251. From the first list in 2001: “Because of demolition, redevelopment, or neglect threatens so much of our […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Tree Felling Using Springboards

April 9th, 2013 @ 9:10am by Rebecca Bollwitt

This is probably the most specific theme topic I’ve had for my Archives Photos of the Day series however when you’re on the trails of Stanley Park as much as John and me, finding a single image showing “Tree Felling Using Springboards” is pretty fascinating. There is still evidence all over the park – and […]

Friends of the Vancouver City Archives

April 8th, 2013 @ 9:12am by Rebecca Bollwitt

On June 13th 1933, Major J.S. Matthews declared the Vancouver City Archives officially open and on April 7th, 1993 (20 years ago yesterday) a group was formed to support Vancouver’s archives. The Friends of the City Archives hold regular meeting, sponsor talks, promote awareness about the archives, encourage appreciation of the city’s history, and much […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Movies

April 4th, 2013 @ 11:05am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Today is the anniversary of the first 3D movie screening in Vancouver. Released in 1952, Bwana Devil starring Robert Stack, Barbara Britton and Nigel Bruce is described by most as “horrible” but it was rather exciting to have it on a local screen for the first time way back when. In honor of this, today’s […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Carnegie Library

March 27th, 2013 @ 11:01am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The cornerstone was laid for the Carnegie Library on March 29, 1902 and it was then completed in 1903. In its 110 years, the memorable structure on Main and Hastings has been a library, a museum, and a community centre and it’s this week’s Archive Photos of the Day feature: March 29, 1902. Laying the […]

Foncie’s Fotos Documentary

March 21st, 2013 @ 10:14am by Rebecca Bollwitt

I have always loved going through my grandparents’ old photo albums showing their houses, streets, and activities that took place when Vancouver was still being shaped into what it has become today. One of my most cherished photos of my Opa (grandfather) is one that was taken by legendary street photographer Foncie Pulice on Granville […]

Vancouver History: Canada’s First Gas Station

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

The Vancouver International Auto Show is coming up next week so with all of the event notifications I’m receiving this week I have cars on the brain. Therefore in the search for today’s Vancouver history piece, Canada’s first gas station came to mind. 1920 – Imperial Oil at 590 Hornby St. Donated by J.E. Hayden. […]

Vancouver History: Capitol Theatre

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

It was in March of 1921 that the Capitol Theatre opened at 820 Granville. The movie palace was massive for its time (the silent movie era) with 2,500 seats. It had a grand marquee and it’s where legendary theatre manager Ivan Ackery got his start in the business as an usher. 1926 – Archives Item: […]