Vancouver History: Photographer Philip Timms

Monday, September 26th, 2011 — 9:38am PDT
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A boy and girl playing with a chained bear in their front yard in Kitsilano, a horse-drawn taxi rolling down Cordova Street, the Hotel Vancouver on the corner of Granville and Georgia. These are all images that I have featured during my weekly history photo series and which have been sourced from the City of Vancouver Archives or the Vancouver Public Library‘s collection. Thanks to the early photographers of Vancouver, we have these snapshots of our city’s last 125 years, and beyond. This week I’d like to feature the work of Philip Timms.

1890s – SS Beaver ran aground off Prospect Point. VPL Accession Number: 2923A.

1900s – 100 block West Hastings. VPL Accession Number: 5208.

“Mr. Timms is a real Vancouver pioneer; handpicked, extra special, double refined and forty over proof.” Mayor J.S. Matthews, City of Vancouver Archivist, perhaps best described Philip Timms.

1900s – CPR station (where Waterfront Station is today). VPL Accession Number: 5256.

1900s – Granville & Hastings. VPL Accession Number: 6673.

1900s – Bathhouse at English Bay. VPL Accession Number: 5393.

1900s – Diving at English Bay. VPL Accession Number: 5470.

Timms’ considered his greatest professional accomplishment to be the photographic record that he created of Vancouver between 1900 and 1910. However, the images that he took during his travels throughout the province of British Columbia during subsequent years are also a tremendous cultural legacy.

1900s – Picnic in Stanley Park. VPL Accession Number: 5397.

(Left) 1900s – 300 block West Hastings. VPL Accession Number: 6678
(Right) 1900s – 400 block West Hastings. VPL Accession Number: 6680.

1900s – Picnic in Stanley Park. VPL Accession Number: 5397.

Philip Timms was a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society; he was also the official photographer for the Vancouver Museum. Of his work, James B. Stanton, Curator of History at the Museum in the early 1970s wrote: “All of Timms’ photographs have a certain recognizable quality about them; much of the kindness and gentleness of the man himself comes through. His shots are candid and uncluttered and capture dramatically the feeling and mood of the time.”

1900s – In front of the Gabriola mansion at Davie & Nicola. VPL Accession Number: 7276.

1900s – Vancouver skyline, False Creek in the back, right. VPL Accession Number: 7616.

1900s – Bridge to Stanley Park (now, the causeway). VPL Accession Number: 7720.

1900s – Sightseeing carriage in Stanley Park. VPL Accession Number: 7275.

When he closed his shop on Commercial Drive in 1968 at the age of 94, after 79 years as a printer and 70 years as a photographer, Philip Timms urged other photographers to continue similar documentation of British Columbia’s history.

1900s – Looking North East at Granville & Georgia. VPL Accession Number: 7743.

1900s – From atop Grouse Mountain. VPL Accession Number: 8128.

Biography source: Vancouver Public Library

Related post: Vancouver History: Photographer: Leonard Frank.

IDS West Interior Design Show 2011

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 — 1:30pm PDT
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Interior Design Show West is coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre next week, September 29th to October 3nd. Celebrating design, art, and architecture, IDS West will feature 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services.


In 2010, over 30,000 visitors took part in this multi-day event. Here’s what you can look forward to this year:

  • Florform Opening Night party on Thursday, September 29th with a live DJ.
  • GE Monogram Trade Day on Friday, September 30th. A full line of Azure Trade Talks on the PARA design stage featuring a keynote from Ross Lovegrove.
  • House & Home Day Presented by Ikea on Saturday, October 1st. “The pages of your favorite magazine House & Home come to live on the Para design Stage.”
  • Vancouver Sun Day on Sunday, October 1st. “Join us for design conversations as journalist Lucy Hyslop holds court on the PARA Design Stage and chats with some amazing design personalities.”
  • Tickets for IDS West are just $15 with all days included, except the opening night party which is a separate $20 ticket.


    I recently learned about Urban Wall from a close family friend and the owner of the company, Danielle Hardy, has offered up a giveaway for my readers.

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    Danielle is offering up a $75 gift certificate to spend at her Urban Walls online this way the winner can have their choice of design. Select decals like the chalk wall, inspirational quotes, hockey players, bids, and other classic and contemporary patterns or designs.

    Here’s how you can enter to win $75 for Urban Walls:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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  • I entered to win $75 to spend on #UrbanWalls from @hardydanielle & @miss604

    One winner will be drawn at random at 10:00am on Thursday, September 29, 2011.

    Update The winner is Christine!

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 — 11:00am PDT
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It’s officially fall. The rain is coming down in sheets, leaves are dropping like pucks in the pre-season, and you’re getting lost in a corn maze. I haven’t checked in on the Miss604 Flickr Pool for well over a week and I definitely found some end-of-summer gems.

Dawn Arrival
Photo credit: Tom Wiebe on Flickr

Photo credit: Ryan Mezzo on Flickr

Transport Lawn bowls
Left: stv. on Flickr. Right: Ruth and Dave on Flickr

Lord Tennyson School mural
Photo credit: Ruth and Dave on Flickr

Kit Kat Klub Closing Out
Photo credit: Photocat62, Photocat62 on Flickr

2011 Whistler Gran Fondo Men's Giro Class on Lion's Gate Bridge
Photo credit: Tom Wiebe on Flickr

Dunbar Hair Styling
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Shaw House That Was Then, This Is Now
Then and Now images both by Clayon Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Vancouver from above...
Photo credit: Zorro1968 on Flickr

Summer Blues
Photo credit: P Squared Pics on Flickr

As always, click on each of these images to see more from the photographers and please feel free to add your photos to the Miss604 Metro Vancouver Flickr Group.

Canucks Honour Riot Cleanup Volunteers

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 — 9:45am PDT
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The riot in June was voted Vancouver’s “Claim to Shame” in yesterday’s Best of Vancouver issue of the Georgia Straight but many believe the 11,000 volunteers who hit the streets in the morning to clean up our city should be our new claim to fame.

Vancouver Riot
Photo credit: PiscesDremer on Flickr

People from all over the Lower Mainland converged on downtown streets at the break of dawn with brooms and garbage cans. They took the train from Burnaby and Surrey, and they came out from their hotels in their Bruins jerseys. The theme was clear: Real Canucks fans don’t riot.

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Cleanup photos submitted to me by my friend Natalie Binns (right)

Noah reads the wall for the first time. On Behalf Of My Team And My City, I'm Sorry
Photo credit: Jay Piddy, Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Vancouver Cleanup: Post-Riots Vancouver Cleanup: Post-Riots
Photo credit: Maurice Li, Maurice Li submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool

Vancouverites care about their city and the Vancouver Canucks recognize that with their latest “Heart of a Canuck” campaign.

During the pre-season they have been inviting emergency personnel to games and for October 1st they have reserved 200 seats in Rogers Arena for cleanup volunteers.

Vancouver’s final pre-season game on October 1st is reserved to recognize the volunteers who initiated the clean-up efforts in downtown Vancouver the day after the riots. For this we are looking to give away 100 pairs of tickets to those who participated and made a world of difference.

If you assisted in making downtown Vancouver beautiful again, please share your experience in 100 words or less and attach a photo of you pitching in from June 16th’s clean-up.

They are currently accepting entries until Monday, September 26, 2011. Submit your story and/or photo online before that time to be entered into the draw.

Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver 2011

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 — 9:55am PDT
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The results of the Georgia Straight’s 2011 Best of Vancouver are now in and I’m very thankful to all who have once again voted Best Local Blog for the third year in a row, and Best Local Twitterer for the second.

Best local TV personality (English): Dawn Chubai and Riaz Meghji (Citytv)
Best local performing-arts festival: Vancouver International Fringe Festival and Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Best local theatre company or theatre production: Arts Club Theatre Company
Best local dance company: Ballet B.C.
Best local street/community festival: Car Free Days
Best afternoon radio host(s): James Sutton (The Peak)
Best late-night radio host(s): Cory Ashworth and Laurie Logan (The Peak)
Best local band (signed): Mother Mother
Best restaurant/café with free Wi-Fi: WAVES Coffee House
Best locally brewed beer: Granville Island Honey Lager
Best patio: Local Public Eatery
Best restaurant to take out-of-town guests The Sandbar
Best kid-friendly restaurant: White Spot
Best B.C. wine/winery (red wine): Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Favourite Canucks player: Ryan Kesler
Favourite B.C. Lions player: Geroy Simon
Favourite Whitecaps player: Jay DeMerit
Favourite Vancouver Canadians player: Drew Permison
Best wedding photographer: Blue Olive Photography

Please check out the full list of winners in all categories courtesy of the Georgia Straight.

I’d like to add in a few shout outs. The first being to Vancouver is Awesome who I had the pleasure of sharing the Best Local Blog title with last year. It’s is a fantastic resource for unique events, community news, and over a dozen informative, quirky, and loveable features from a cast of authors. VIA is an official non-profit society to boot. Be sure to check out their latest addition, Whistler is Awesome as well.

Second, here’s to the food bloggers in Vancouver who have come on the scene and provided us all with drool-worthy photos and tantalizing write-ups for everything from our finest gourmet offerings to finger-licking food carts. A few suggestions for you to follow would be Follow Me Foodie, Sherman’s Food Adventures, Gourmeted, and Gourmet Fury (just to name a few, there are many great ones out there). Also, if you haven’t yet tried Erin Ireland‘s banana bread, you should get over to Commune Cafe and pick up a loaf as quickly as possible.

Last but not least, my readers help me promote local non-profits, organizations, and community services along with sharing information about our city, then and now. You are a very generous bunch and I thank you for your continued support, and for your votes again this year.

Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train 2011

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 — 11:00am PDT
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Grocery stores have had their Halloween candy out since the last week of August so I figure with autumn arriving on Friday, it’s fair to announce this year’s Stanley Park Ghost Train. Running from October 7th to 31st, the theme this year is Circus of Disaster.

Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Just reading about “a spine-chilling circus carnival” makes me think of seemingly blood-crazed clowns running through the forest — clowns being scary to me regardless of their demeanour. Thanks to the creative team at Mortal Coil (who presented Alice in Nightmareland last year) riders will witness dark circus acts and performances throughout the forested route.

For the price of the train ticket, families (yes it’s still, certainly, family friendly) riders can can also enjoy face painting, crafts, pumpkin carving, costume contest and the Haunted Maze.

The train and surrounding activities are open from 6:00pm to 10:00pm on Sundays to Thursdays in October and 6:00pm to 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets are available online, by phone (1-855-985-5000), or in person at a Ticketmaster outlet. Adults are $9.82, children (2-18) and seniors (65+) are $6.25 however parental discretion is advised on the train for kids 5 and under.

Same-day tickets are available at the train booth from 3:00pm. There is parking in the adjacent lot or you can ride the #19 bus into the Stanley Park bus loop – it’s just a short walk over from there.

If you would like to experience the Circus of Disaster I have 10 passes each valid for 4 admissions to give away to my readers. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming something that frightens you (1 entry)
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I entered to win a four-pack of tickets for @Ghost_TrainYVR from @Miss604

I will draw all 10 winners (whose passes are good for 4 admissions) at 10:00am, Wednesday, October 5, 2011. You can follow the Stanley Park Ghost Train on Facebook or Twitter for sneak previews and updates.

Update The 10 winners are: @kinseySS, @gloomybb, Deidre, nm, AJ, Christine, Jennifer V, ho, Karla Shannon, Dilara.