Archive of posts tagged "archives photo"

Vancouver History: Mabel Ellen Boultbee

March 12th, 2014 @ 12:19pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Converted from apartments in 1929, The Ritz Hotel in Vancouver was located at 1040 West Georgia. Radio station CJOR started there in 1926, before moving out in 1930, and the building was demolished in 1982. [Source: Emporis]. The hotel had another prominent tenant whose name keeps coming up in relation to the property: Mabel Ellen […]

Vancouver History: Greenhill Park Explosion

March 5th, 2014 @ 10:44am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Sinking of The Greenhill Park is one of my favourite tracks off The Matinee’s latest album We Swore We’d See the Sunrise. It’s a beautiful and haunting song with a very real — and very tragic — event behind its name. An event that took place 69 years ago (tomorrow) in Vancouver’s harbour. March […]

Archive Photo of the Day: Oscar’s Steakhouse in Vancouver

February 28th, 2014 @ 1:14pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Academy Awards (Oscars) are taking place on Sunday, March 2, 2014 and when I was browsing the City of Vancouver Archives recently, I found the iconic statuette in a most unusual place: perched outside a building on Burrard and Georgia. Zoomed in. May 1955: Photograph by Walter E. Frost. Archives# CVA 447-330 Oscar’s Steakhouse […]

Vancouver Then and Now Photo Challenge

February 27th, 2014 @ 1:44pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Over the last few of years I have featured themed collections of photos from the City of Vancouver Archives on my site. However, this month I thought I would change things up a bit and issue a challenge to my readers and local photographers. The challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Vancouver Snow Photos

February 26th, 2014 @ 10:44am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Lower Mainland received a healthy dose of snowman-worthy snow over the last few days and although much didn’t stick downtown, I found evidence in the Vancouver Archives that such wasn’t always the case. Downtown Vancouver has definitely seen its share of snow days over the last century: Vancouver Snow Photos 1937: Courthouse (now Vancouver […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Signs

February 10th, 2014 @ 9:25am by Rebecca Bollwitt

1933: W. Moffitt Service Signs Limited. Archives #CVA 99-4382. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. 1930s & 1963. Main Street signpost & Granville Bridge signs. VPL# 30930 & 43359A. 1944: Peace Arch International Boundary sign. Archives #CVA 586-2822. 1948 & 1972. Plaza Theatre, Buick automobile, Kingsdale Motors promotion & signs on Cordova Street. VPL# 80635 & 85872K. Photographers: […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Rainy Streets

January 29th, 2014 @ 10:29am by Rebecca Bollwitt

1907: View of Granville Street, north of Dunsmuir Street, in the rain. Photographer: Philip T. Timms. Archives# CVA 677-525. 1907: Hastings and Richards Streets, in the rain. Photographer: Philip T. Timms. Archives# CVA 677-584. 1931: Georgia Street. Photograph shows parts of the second and third Hotel Vancouver and the Birks’ clock. Photographer: James Crookall. Archives […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Vaudeville

January 21st, 2014 @ 1:14pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vaudeville in Vancouver was huge given the age of the city and the era in which the theatrical genre thrived. From about the 1880s until the 1930s (when Vancouver was just growing up as a city) Vaudeville theatres around town — like the Pantages and the Orpheum — attracted popular traveling acts and kept locals […]