Archive for the category "history"

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 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 […]

Britannia Mine Museum

September 13th, 2010 @ 1:00pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Britannia Mine Museum is re-launching next weekend after a name change (from the BC Mining Museum), refreshed logo, and updated visitor experience on the grounds of the old Britannia Mine, about 10km south of Squamish. John and I were invited up for the day to check out the grounds, the new buildings, and go […]

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

August 31st, 2010 @ 4:03pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

One of downtown’s hidden gems is the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, just off Georgia, on Hornby Street. Here you’ll find a breathtaking collection of Reid’s art that varies from wire sculptures and a diamond necklace, to tribute carvings and statues. I was fortunate enough to be given a private tour from Bill’s […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Elvis

August 31st, 2010 @ 11:33am by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in Vancouver history, Elvis Presley performed one song at Empire Stadium before he had to leave the stage due to crazed fans battling with local police. He came back on stage after a few minutes and played four more songs [source]. The screams from the crowd were so loud that no one […]