Vancouver History: Photographer Walter Edwin Frost


Monday, August 20th, 2012 — 1:29pm PDT
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Browsing the Vancouver Public Library Archives and the Vancouver Archives as much as I do, I often come across material from the same handful of photographers. Thanks to their work, we have a glimpse at what Vancouver life was like over many decades, building up from the tents at Granville Townsite. Today I have decided to feature the photography of Walter Edwin Frost:


1930s BCER Street Car. Archives item# CVA 447-1580 & 1955 CNR diesel. Archives item# CVA 447-1197.


1930s – Vancouver Harbour Commissioners Terminal Railway Steam Engine #202.
Archives item # CVA 447-734

Walter E. Frost was born in Vancouver in 1898. After World War I he bought a Kodak roll film camera and began to photograph his city and the ships and trains that carry its life-blood. He was an avid amateur photographer interested in ships, trains, and the city of Vancouver. He stopped taking photographs in the mid 1970s. He died in 1988. [Source: MemoryBC]


1973 – Europe Hotel. Archives item# CVA 447-95
& 1972 – Flack Block, Hastings & Cambie. Archives item# CVA 447-380.


1951 – Granville Bridge at 4th. Archives item# CVA 447-135.


1949 – Hastings & Burrard. Archives item# CVA 447-389 & 1959 – Granville & Cordova. Archives item# CVA 447-325.

Frost directly donated his collection over over 10,000 articles to the Vancouver Archives in 1985. The fonds consists of family photographs and Frost’s photographs of Vancouver city scenes; steam and diesel locomotives and other railway scenes; and ships in Vancouver harbours and docked at various Vancouver piers and wharves.


1953 – Nine o’clock gun in Stanley Park. Archives item# CVA 447-26 &
1927 – Orpheum Theatre being constructed. Archives item# CVA 447-397.


1930 – CPR Railway tracks & Carrall Street. Archives item# CVA 447-285.

Previously profiled photographers: Philip Timms, Bailey Bros., Don Coltman, Fred Herzog, Leonard Frank.

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool


Monday, August 20th, 2012 — 10:43am PDT
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After a scorching end to last week we start this one off under a few clouds. Summer is still alive and kicking as the Fair at the PNE ramps up (complete with a Star Trek exhibition), free outdoor movie nights continue, and Live at Sqmuamish draws nearer.

Take a quick break from back to school shopping and check out some of the photos that have been submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool this week that include the Crankworks in Whistler, the Colour Me Rad 5K and the Vancouver Zombie Walk:

SeaWheeze sunset yoga event, Kits Beach
Photo credit: Judy B – The Travelling Eye on Flickr

Color Me Rad 5K
Photo credit: gherringer on Flickr

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Free PNE Admission & Gate Deals 2012


Monday, August 20th, 2012 — 10:09am PDT
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The Fair at the PNE kicked off this weekend bringing attractions, exhibitions, mini donuts, the marketplace, SuperDogs, concerts, and more to the fairgrounds for the 102nd year. The PNE is a summertime staple for locals, tourists, and families from across BC.

Summer Funnin
Photo credit: Weed Whacker on Flickr

Until 12:00pm today (Monday, August 20, 2012) gate admission is free for all. Here are a few more ways you can save on admission and get the most out of your PNE visit this year:

Free Admission for Children

The PNE has brought back its program offering free admission to the fair for children 13 and under, when accompanied by an adult. A maximum of 5 children can get in free with each paying adult (over 21 years old) on any day of the fair.

Vancity Member Day

Vancity Credit Union members are invited to the Fair at the PNE on Wednesday, August 22nd from 11:00am until closing for an admission price of just $5. Last year over 15,000 members presented their debit cards or enviro Visa cards to gain entry for themselves and a friend for $5 each. Visit the main gates (off Hastings and Renfrew) for this deal.

You can also save on admission and Playland ride passes by picking them up ahead of time at participating Safeway and 7-Eleven stores in the Lower Mainland.

Get more out of your visit to the Fair at the PNE by enjoying the WestJet Family Fun Series, Summer Night Concerts, and the nightly Pop City! fireworks celebration. Follow @PNE_Playland on Twitter and Facebook for more event information and possible deals this season.

12×12 Photo Marathon: Raw Talent Exhibit 2012


Friday, August 17th, 2012 — 5:15pm PDT
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The 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon takes place tomorrow as 60 photographers traverse the city to each capture 12 exposures of 12 subjects. This competition has skyrocketed in popularity in four short years, selling out early each time.

Participants, of all skill levels, get to combine their keen eye for photography with a sort of scavenger hunt all within a 12 hour timeframe. Themes or words to use as inspiration for subjects are announced every hour on the hour from the event’s home base at COFFEEBAR in Gastown. Once it’s all over and done, a panel of judges will review each snapshot from each participant and award prizes for creativity, aesthetics, theme interpretation, and overall series.

Once the rolls of film are developed, no one besides the organizers and judges gets to see the results until the Raw Talent Exhibit. Every single photo is presented, every photographer gets equal billing, every stroke of genius and disastrous technical malfunction is bared to the world. For one day. The photos then live on Flickr under a Creative Commons licence, available for anyone to share. A photographic documentary of a day in Vancouver as seen by the people who shape the city.

The Raw Talent Exhibit will then take place September 22nd at the Salt Building in the Village at False Creek. You can imagine that an exhibit of this magnitude (organizing 720 developed photos from 60 photographers) could use a bit of support so organizers have decided to crowdfund.

“12×12 brings people together to share a common love of art and photography,” says Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Creator of the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon. “The Raw Talent Crowdfunding project is yet another way to build on this foundation. As all previous cycles of 12×12, this year’s exhibit is free and open to the public. It will also be brought to you BY the public thanks to the online fundraiser!”

If you would like to support the Raw Talent Exhibit, you can click to donate here and help make this unique event possible.

Follow the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon on Twitter and Facebook and follow the tag #12x12YVR on Saturday, August 18, 2012 as the competition takes place.

Westin Bayshore Pool Pass Giveaway


Friday, August 17th, 2012 — 11:39am PDT
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The Westin Bayshore is one of Vancouver’s most iconic hotels. Jutting out from the downtown core, adjacent to Stanley Park and the Sea Wall, it offers 511 newly decorated (dog friendly) guest rooms fitness facilities, Vida Spa, dining, and plenty of local history.

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I’ve been to the Westin before for events like the Juno Awards and the annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards but there’s much more to this urban resort than meeting space (although there is 71,337 square feet of it). You can escape the city while still being right in the thick of it. Park and mountain views, water features, greenery, and more.

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The hotel has a guest entrance right off the sea wall, a lounge with free WIFI, shops, a Starbucks, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool — the outdoor pool recently being named a “Top 10 Hotel Pool” by the Vancouver Sun.

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Halibut Summer Salad at the Seawall Bar & Grill

To wind up your summer in style, the Westin Bayshore has offered up 5 pool passes and a $100 food and beverage credit for the Seawall Bar and Grill (excluding alcohol) to give away on my site. The pool is for guests only but with the passes you can enjoy poolside service and beat the heat with friends and family! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the Westin Bayshore on Twitter and Facebook for more information and great deals for locals and travellers.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Each pool pass also has an additional $20 credit attached that will expire September 30, 2012. Passes are valid for pool entry for a full day, on the day they are redeemed.

Update The winner is Victoria! (Comment August 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM)