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Archive for the category "history"

Vancouver History: Photographer Stanley Triggs

April 23rd, 2013 @ 10:24am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Browsing the Vancouver Public Library Archives I came across another photographer with an extensive collection of local, historical photos. Stanley Triggs produced portraits, street photography, and captured some downtown Vancouver scenes that I had never come across before. He’s the former curator of the Notman Photographic Archives and was born in Nelson, BC in 1928. […]

Vancouver History: English Bay Pier

April 16th, 2013 @ 10:44am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Built in 1905, the English Bay Pier helped form our young city’s beachfront. The wooden structure jutted out into the water, near where the Sylvia Hotel (built in 1912) stands today, and was a popular hangout on sunny swimming days and during regattas. 1905 – Archives item# CVA 677-227. Photographer: Philip Timms. 1919 – Copyright […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Under Construction

April 14th, 2013 @ 11:34am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Everyone loves a good set of “Before and After” photos, even back in the 1910’s and 1920’s when buildings were forming the first downtown Vancouver skyline. This week I’ve picked through the Vancouver Public Library archives to put together a collection of photos of some of the city’s more well-known heritage towers and landmarks when […]

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 […]