Archive for the category "history"

Vancouver Icons: Gastown Steam Clock

September 24th, 2012 @ 9:34am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Piping out a steamy tune every 15 minutes, it’s one of the most photographed subjects in Vancouver. While locals may look at it with disdain (since it’s not that old and not even steam-powered), visitors absolutely adore it. On this day in 1977, the Gastown Steam Clock was dedicated and so it’s also today’s Vancouver […]

Vancouver History: Foncie Pulice

September 21st, 2012 @ 7:59am by Rebecca Bollwitt

When you think of landmarks on Granville street the Orpheum sign comes to mind along with the Vogue’s marquee and perhaps other standout buildings or neon that have stood the test of time. Now imagine a man, a photographer, being a just part of every day downtown Granville life for more than four decades. Next […]

Vancouver History Tidbits: Duke of Connaught’s Visit

September 17th, 2012 @ 11:33am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tomorrow will mark 100 years since Canada’s Governor General, the Duke of Connaught, visited Vancouver with the Duchess to officiate the naming ceremony of the Connaught Bridge. (Left) 1923 – Archives# CVA 371-283. (Right) 1940 – VPL Accession Number: 7978. The Connaught Bridge replaced a bridge in the same location that was built in 1891. […]

Vancouver History: Brockton

September 13th, 2012 @ 11:07am by Rebecca Bollwitt

This Saturday the Voices in the Park concert will take over Brockton fields, near Brockton Oval and Brockton Point in Stanley Park. The Brockton Point lighthouse is one of Vancouver’s most recognizable landmarks and with so many other areas of the park sharing the name, I thought it would be timely to read up on […]

Vancouver Icons: Commodore Lanes

September 7th, 2012 @ 2:21pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver’s Commodore Lanes, Canada’s oldest surviving bowling centre, opened up below Granville Street on September 8, 1930. Since its neon sign has been advertising bowling and billiards in the downtown entertainment district for the last eight decades, I’ve decided it should be this week’s featured Vancouver Icon: 1946 – Theatres and the bowling sign on […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Back to School

September 6th, 2012 @ 10:36am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Pencils are sharp, notebooks are stiff, and iPad applications are downloaded (for educational purposes of course). We’re going back to school with school-themed photos from the Vancouver Archives this week. 1907 – Vancouver High School. Archives# Sch P20.3. & 1920 – David Lloyd George. Archives# CVA 99-1441. 1911 – Opening of the first brick school […]