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Archive for the category "history"

Vancouver Icons: Marine Building

March 16th, 2011 @ 3:05pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Earlier this week I began a new series called “Vancouver Icons” that will combine information about famous city landmarks with a collection of photos I find on Flickr. When I first started blogging I wanted to showcase the lesser-known aspects of Vancouver life, history, and culture – helping people explore beyond the tourist traps and […]

On This Day in History: Green Timbers Forest

March 15th, 2011 @ 5:56pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Volunteers planted over 120 trees in Surrey’s Green Timbers March 15th, 1930. According to VancouverHistory, this was BC’s first “forest plantation” and now this 400 hectare park is an urban refuge: Source: Vancouver History Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey is unique: it consists mainly of trees planted from seedlings in the first attempt at […]

Vancouver Icons: Angel of Victory

March 13th, 2011 @ 3:40pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

As a part of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s ‘Places that Matter‘ committee, I get my fix of local history at every meeting. I was recently looking through some of the sites already nominated for designation and found the Angel of Victory. Installed in 1921, it is one of the city’s most prominent statues, located along […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Women

March 8th, 2011 @ 9:41am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Today is International Women’s Day and in Vancouver, women have played a strong role in developing its history and making sure it moves into the future. The Vancouver Police Museum reminded us on Twitter this morning that Vancouver was the first city in the world to hire women as cops and I wanted to showcase […]

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 […]