Category Archives: Dominion Photo

Vancouver’s David Spencer Department Store

Merry Christmas, faithful VAIW readers! Today, I’m reaching back in the VanAsItWas archives to 2018. There are links in the notes at the conclusion of this post to the Spencer’s Toyland Parade. I encourage you today to view that motion … Continue reading

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The Age of Aquaria

You may have been under the impression (as was I) that the only location of Vancouver’s Aquarium has been where it is today: at Stanley Park. This misapprehension is abetted by the current aquarium’s lack of acknowledgement of its forbears on … Continue reading

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Langara School for Boys

The Langara School for Boys was one of two private schools (the second was a school for girls known as Braemar) that were under the authority of Western Residential Schools. Principal McKay (of Westminster Hall) was president of Western Residential Schools … Continue reading

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When a Rake Was a Component of Pole Vaulting?

This is something I don’t recall seeing in recent track and field days: a dude standing next to a pole vaulter with a rake at the ready! Gotta love those stripy jackets with short pants! (Presumably, the rake was to smooth … Continue reading

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Henry (“Harry”) S. Van Buren

Henry Samuel Van Buren (1885-1977) was a Vancouver business owner from the late ’20s until the late ’40s.  He seems to have had two principal businesses: VB Grocery (from 1926 until about 1935) and Western Merchandise Brokers (during the 1940s). Henry Samuel … Continue reading

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