Archive for the category "history"

Voices of BC Book Giveaway

December 15th, 2010 @ 1:32pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

After discovering I had a passion for writing about local history a few years ago I began to closely follow the works of the Vancouver Archives, Chuck Davis, John Atkin, and more recently James Johnstone. Although Vancouver is only 124 years old, our region has centuries of history which is why I was pretty excited […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Santa

December 15th, 2010 @ 10:30am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Santa rolled into Vancouver last week and he’s no stranger to our town. While looking up a keyword for today’s Archives Photos I decided to keep it simple and see how Santa has spent his time in our town over the years. Year: 1939 In this photo: The Case triplets visit Santa Vancouver Archives Item#: […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Barbershops

December 7th, 2010 @ 3:30pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

When looking for a theme for this week’s collection of Archives Photos, the keyword “Barbershops” caught my eye on the search page. With a wrap on this year’s Movember many grizzly-faced men have been shaving up a storm either at home or with the help of a grooming professional, so the theme seems rather fitting. […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Bowen Island

December 1st, 2010 @ 11:17am by Rebecca Bollwitt

At last night’s Vancouver Blogger Meetup I was on a panel with Robert Ballantyne who is a resident of Bowen Island. Just 20 minutes away by ferry, this Island community has been a recreation destination for decades making it a perfect feature for this week’s ‘Archives Photo‘ collection. Year: 1917 In this photo: The S.S. […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Snow Days

November 25th, 2010 @ 10:15am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The North Shore mountains hide, shrouded in a grey cloud of flurries as I look out over an un-touched blanket of snow covering the West End. This morning’s snow in Metro Vancouver is still cascading from the skies as many have taken to staying indoors and bundling up. Growing up in Surrey we used to […]

Vancouver History: Ross Bay Cemetery

November 22nd, 2010 @ 1:11pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Ross Bay Cemetery is frequently mentioned on tours around Victoria as big buses and double-deckers cruise past the historic resting place that sits beside the ocean. It wasn’t until this past weekend that I had the chance to get out of my vehicle and take a frosty walk around to pay my respects to […]

History of Vancouver’s Houses & James Johnstone

November 17th, 2010 @ 10:02am by Rebecca Bollwitt

If you have ever wanted to know about the history of your home and the people who occupied it before you, James Johnstone is who you want to track down. Over the years he has researched background information for over 800 houses in Vancouver and 300 of those in East Vancouver alone. 1891 – Mount […]

Vancouver History: Hycroft Manor

November 14th, 2010 @ 12:12pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

I have profiled the Hycroft mansion before but have not had the chance to visit until this week. I was invited by the University Women’s Club who has occupied the luxurious and majestic heritage home since the early 1960s. 1927 – Vancouver Archives Item #Bu P688 Photographer Leonard Frank Found just off Granville & 16th […]