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Archives Photos of the Day: Automobiles

November 2nd, 2010 @ 10:15am 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 “Automobiles”. Year: 1920 In this photo: Reo Motor Car Agency Limited Vancouver setup at Lumberman’s Arch Photographer: Stuart Thomson Vancouver Archives Item #: […]

Support the Vancouver Archives, Preserve Our History

November 1st, 2010 @ 9:30am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Although Vancouver is young compared to most other North American cities, it has a heritage all of its own. From First Nations culture, to the Great Fire, and the 2010 Olympics, people have recorded, photographed, and preserved this legacy. One of the most important institutions for doing such work is the City of Vancouver Archives. […]

Metro Vancouver History: Maillardville

October 28th, 2010 @ 10:13am by Rebecca Bollwitt

At one time it was the largest pocket of Canadian Francophones west of Manitoba and today, Maillardville is historic cultural community in Coquitlam. Notre Dame de Lourdes, 830 Laval Square In 1891 the District of Coquitlam was incorporated and toward the end of the century, Frank Ross and James McLaren opened Fraser Mills, a $350,000 […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Bridges

October 26th, 2010 @ 1:01pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Today’s collection of archives photos come from museums and archives around Metro Vancouver. One theme throughout the various communities in our region is that they have bridges; crossing the inlet or an arm of the Fraser. Date: 1904 Description: Opening day celebrations on the first Fraser River Bridge (now the Fraser Railway Bridge). New Westminster […]

Surrey Archives Fall Program

October 22nd, 2010 @ 12:01pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Although the City of Surrey’s slogan is “The Future Lives Here” it’s also home to plenty of history. Incorporated seven years before Vancouver, and sitting at about three times the size in terms of area, there’s much that can be learned from looking at Whalley, Cloverdale, Guildford, Fleetwood, Newton and South Surrey. As such, the […]

85 Years of the Lamplighter in Gastown

October 19th, 2010 @ 3:00pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

John “Gassy Jack” Deighton had a saloon in New Westminster but it wasn’t until he headed around to the Burrard Inlet that he left an indelible mark on our city. In 1867 he told mill workers along the harbour that they could have all the whiskey they could drink if they helped him build a […]

Vancouver’s Historic Waldorf Hotel and Tiki Room

October 18th, 2010 @ 11:55am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Slated to re-open in November, the Waldorf Hotel in East Vancouver is currently undergoing major restorations and renovations. Located along a lonely stretch of East Hastings, this historic landmark is set to revitalize creative arts and nightlife in this area of town. Photo credit: kk+ on Flickr While it features a dining room, hotel, cafe, […]

Vancouver History: Emery Barnes

October 14th, 2010 @ 11:45am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Most parks in Vancouver are named after former Parks Board members or royalty – but not Emery Barnes Park in Yaletown. The grass, stone walkways, water features and new playground on Davie is named after a man born in New Orleans in 1929 who made his way to Canada, into BC Provincial Legislature and is […]