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Vancouver History: The Orpheum

October 11th, 2010 @ 2:00pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

For over 80 years the Orpheum theatre on Granville Street has been far more than an iconic neon sign. Hosting concerts, comedy showcases, the VSO, and even my high school commencement ceremony, this gorgeous venue is an magnificent slice of Vancouver history. 1929 – VPL Accession Number: 11035. Photographer: Leonard Frank. “All around the theatre, […]

Vancouver History: Burrard Bridge

October 7th, 2010 @ 1:05pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

A few months ago I put the call out on Twitter to see what people have been curious to know about Vancouver’s past. There were some great suggestions about Joe Fortes and the Great Fire along with several more tidbits that would be interesting to research. A few people asked about the Burrard Bridge and […]

Vancouver History: Ceperley

October 5th, 2010 @ 9:05am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Ceperley Meadow at Second Beach in Stanley Park is home to festivals, bike rides, power walks, and outdoor movie nights. It’s also where you can find the site of Vancouver’s first children’s playground after Grace Ceperley (who loved children) willed an endowment for that purpose in the late 1920s. Photo credit: steveleenow on Flickr […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Picnics

September 29th, 2010 @ 10:41am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Browsing the Vancouver Archives digital collection I once again selected a single keyword and searched the image results. Today’s compilation features “picnics” as a tribute to the remarkably warm late September weather we’re experiencing. Year: 1890s In this photo: Strawberry picnic in Stanley Park Vancouver Archives Item #: SGN 965 Year: 1900s In this photo: […]

Help Tell the Story of Vancouver’s History

September 27th, 2010 @ 10:23am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Chuck Davis, local historian and founder of VancouverHistory.ca has been working on a book for several years that will be called, The History of Metropolitan Vancouver. The website alone is an invaluable resource with over a century’s worth of historic moments, oddities, newspaper clippings and articles about our region. I heard this morning that due […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Competitions

September 22nd, 2010 @ 2:23pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Browsing the Vancouver Archives digital collection I sometimes sort my search by category or keyword. The following is a compilation of old-timey images from our city’s past, all having to do with “competitions”. Year: 1918 In this photo: Military Sports, sack fight on beam Photographer: Stuart Thomson Vancouver Archives Item #: CVA 99-638 Year: 1928 […]

Own a Piece of BC Place and Vancouver History

September 21st, 2010 @ 10:10am by Rebecca Bollwitt

BC Place’s iconic roof has been deflated in exchange for a massive cable-supported cloth retractable roof that will forever change the Vancouver skyline. Even though the marshmallow-like roof is no longer being used, you can now purchase a slice in support of the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr Video […]

Aerial Photos of Vancouver – From Vancouver History

September 14th, 2010 @ 11:04am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Some of my favourite old photos of Vancouver are aerials, taken from planes that have soared above the city for decades. It’s hard to match up the old photos with new ones either that I take myself or that I find on Flickr so the following compilation is simply archived imagery. As I spent my […]