1900: 1st of 4 – Looking East

Langlois1 Courthouse East

This is one of four images made by the mysterious but skilled Albert Langlois in July 1900 (Camera Workers claims that Langlois was from Windsor, ON, but it isn’t clear where that information was found; precious little else about him appears to be known, today). As with all four of his “Bird’s Eye View” shots, it was taken from the tower of Holy Rosary Church (Dunsmuir at Richards). In this image, Mr Langlois’ camera was facing east towards what would then have been the growing heart of Vancouver — what is known today as Victory Square and East Vancouver. The annotations in the photo are mine. (Note: For a larger, clearer image, click on the photograph; for the original, fully resolved and unannotated – although somewhat over-exposed – version, see CVA online).

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