Archive for the category "history"

Friends of the Vancouver City Archives


Monday, April 8th, 2013 — 9:12am PDT
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On June 13th 1933, Major J.S. Matthews declared the Vancouver City Archives officially open and on April 7th, 1993 (20 years ago yesterday) a group was formed to support Vancouver’s archives. The Friends of the City Archives hold regular meeting, sponsor talks, promote awareness about the archives, encourage appreciation of the city’s history, and much […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Movies


Thursday, April 4th, 2013 — 11:05am PDT
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Today is the anniversary of the first 3D movie screening in Vancouver. Released in 1952, Bwana Devil starring Robert Stack, Barbara Britton and Nigel Bruce is described by most as “horrible” but it was rather exciting to have it on a local screen for the first time way back when. In honor of this, today’s […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Carnegie Library


Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 — 11:01am PDT
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The cornerstone was laid for the Carnegie Library on March 29, 1902 and it was then completed in 1903. In its 110 years, the memorable structure on Main and Hastings has been a library, a museum, and a community centre and it’s this week’s Archive Photos of the Day feature: March 29, 1902. Laying the […]

Foncie’s Fotos Documentary


Thursday, March 21st, 2013 — 10:14am PDT
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I have always loved going through my grandparents’ old photo albums showing their houses, streets, and activities that took place when Vancouver was still being shaped into what it has become today. One of my most cherished photos of my Opa (grandfather) is one that was taken by legendary street photographer Foncie Pulice on Granville […]

Vancouver History: Canada’s First Gas Station


Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 — 11:34am PDT
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The Vancouver International Auto Show is coming up next week so with all of the event notifications I’m receiving this week I have cars on the brain. Therefore in the search for today’s Vancouver history piece, Canada’s first gas station came to mind. 1920 – Imperial Oil at 590 Hornby St. Donated by J.E. Hayden. […]