Archive of posts tagged "archives"

Before and After: Stanley Park Seawall

September 19th, 2013 @ 11:42am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Stanley Park Seawall officially opened on September 26, 1971 although it had been under construction for decades — and wouldn’t be declared “officially complete” until 1980. That September though, the loop was 9 kilometers around Stanley Park and it completed James Cunningham’s vision for the Seawall, which he began working on in 1917. View […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Hats

September 13th, 2013 @ 11:19am by Rebecca Bollwitt

In honour of Vancouver Fashion Week, which is coming up September 16th to September 21st, I have scoured the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives for photos of fashions of yore. Today’s “Archive Photos of the Day” theme is Hats: 1900s: Granville Street. Archives# CVA 1376-724. Phorographer: Philip T. Timms & Actress signed […]

Archive Photos of the Day: September in Vancouver

September 8th, 2013 @ 2:20pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Historically, the month of September has had its share of milestones and events in Vancouver. Everything from the disastrous “Great Fire” in New Westminster to the opening of Rogers Arena in 1995, the formation of The Vancouver Board of Trade in 1887, and the dedication of the steam-clock in Gastown on September 24, 1977. Today’s […]

Vancouver Rising: Archive Footage Turned Into GIFs

September 4th, 2013 @ 11:20am by Rebecca Bollwitt

A great bit hat tip to the Vancouver is Awesome team for spotting (and promoting) Vancouver Rising, a new Tumblr blog that takes footage from the Vancouver Archives‘ video collection and creates fantastic animated GIFs. Here are just a few of the gems they have posted so far: 1973: Granville at Robson – “Vancouver Impressions“. […]

Vancouver History: Rogers Building

September 2nd, 2013 @ 10:39am by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in history (September 2nd, 1927) Jonathan Rogers sold his namesake “Rogers Building” at the corner of Pender and Granville for $1 million to General F. A. ‘One Arm’ Sutton. At the time, it was the biggest real estate transaction in the city’s history. [source] Rogers was among Vancouver’s earliest pioneers and in […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Horses

August 27th, 2013 @ 10:34am by Rebecca Bollwitt

I dreamt up today’s photo feature from the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives as I do many others: I type in a subject that I think might be featured in bunch of archive photos and see what comes up. Today, that word was horses and I am in luck. The first gasoline-powered […]

Archive Photos of Stanley Park

August 20th, 2013 @ 11:34am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Celebrate! Stanley Park is coming up this weekend in honour of the 125th anniversary of the iconic public park on the edge of the city. “Lord Stanley threw his arms to the heavens, as though embracing within them the whole of one thousand acres of primeval forest, and dedicated it ‘to the use and enjoyment […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Kingsway

August 15th, 2013 @ 3:44pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The street we know as Kingsway today connected New Westminster to Vancouver as far back as 1860 (before Vancouver was a city). Following the wagon road built by the Royal Engineers between the Colony of British Columbia in New Westminster and the area near Granville Townsite, it has stayed pretty true to its original path […]