Archive for the category "history"

Opsal Steel Building

March 6th, 2011 @ 11:36am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Industrial buildings around False Creek have either met their doom in recent years or have received face-lifts (like the Salt Building). However, the twin-roofed 1918 Opsal Steel Building on the corner of West 2nd and Quebec has met a bit of a mixed fate. Photo credit: SqueakyMarmot on Flickr The Opsal Steel building was used […]

On This Day in History: Woodward’s

March 3rd, 2011 @ 9:12am by Rebecca Bollwitt

It was March 3rd 1892 when Charles Woodward opened his first store on the corner of Harris Street (now Georgia) and Westminster Avenue (now Main) in Vancouver. He had just arrived in town from Ontario and the small setup sold dried foods. It wasn’t until 1895 that he added a drug department, incorporated (Woodward Stores […]

Komagata Maru Monument Approved

March 1st, 2011 @ 2:00pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The injustice that was the Komagata Maru incident was one of the first things my teacher talked about in grade 11 social studies and the name has always stuck with me. In 1914 a Japanese steamship carried 376 passengers (all British subjects) from Punjab, India over to Vancouver by way of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and […]

Vancouver History: Photographer Leonard Frank

February 24th, 2011 @ 1:43pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

As we make our way through Vancouver’s 125th anniversary year, many have been looking back to see how our city has grown. Thanks to the efforts of Vancouver’s first Archivist, Major Matthews, and photographers who took to documenting the ‘early years’ we can view glimpses of what Vancouver was like in its formative years. One […]

Top Ten Endangered Sites in Vancouver 2011

February 23rd, 2011 @ 11:27am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Over the last ten years the Heritage Vancouver Society has released its list of the Top Ten Endangered Sites in Vancouver and the 2011 list is now out. Schools: Carleton (1896, 1908 to 1912) Carleton School 1912. Archives Item# LGN496 Schools: Kitchener (1914 & 1924) Schools: Sexsmith (1912 & 1913) Shannon Estate (1915 to 1925) […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Airport Times

February 17th, 2011 @ 1:05pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Keeping up with work and blogging while in Africa has proven to be a challenge (as can be expected) however all of the travel has inspired this week’s photo collection from the Vancouver Archives which has an airport theme. Year: 1946 Subject: Airline stewardess passing the “Vancouver, City of Destiny” film to a man at […]

Vancouver History: O Canada

February 8th, 2011 @ 10:27am by Rebecca Bollwitt

In just a few days Vancouver will celebrate the largest patriotic party the city has ever seen. At any given time, during those two to four weeks in February of 2010, you could catch a round of “O Canada” being belted out in arenas, at SkyTrain stations, and walking down the street. While the tune […]

Vancouver History: Hogan’s Alley

February 4th, 2011 @ 11:39am by Rebecca Bollwitt

February is Black History Month and in Vancouver, there’s a significant amount of history to share and celebrate. From the groundbreaking work of Emery Barnes to the life-saving Joe Fortes who was named the “Citizen of the Century” by the City of Vancouver. Settlers of African-American decent came from Victoria (and prior to that places […]