Category Archives: research

Faculty: Early Van High

The City of Vancouver Archives has, I think, mistakenly identified this image as being from ca1900. I believe that this, in fact, is a few years older – from ca1894. Two  clues led me to this conclusion: By 1900, Vancouver … Continue reading

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A Few Names to Faces at Lynn Valley Picnic, 1888

The image above was made by  an unknown photographer in 1888. It is unclear just what brought this group together, but what seems clear is that they are on a picnic and (according to CVA) the location of the picnic is … Continue reading

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When Hudson Street Boomed (Sequel): Eburne Hotel

The Eburne Hotel, which appears in yesterday’s image (with that section of the photo enlarged, above) seemed, at first blush, unlikely to be mysterious and very likely to help with dating the photograph. After all, the name of the hotel … Continue reading

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YMCA Reading Room

The image above is of the Y’s Reading Room in its earliest Vancouver building (139 W Hastings), built 1887. I’m not certain why the City of Vancouver Archives (CVA) dated this photo as “189-“; it seems pretty clearly to have been … Continue reading

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Let’s Date! (Research Notes)

This post is about a few standard methods I often use for narrowing down the date that an undated photograph was taken. I’ll be using real-world examples: online image records of the City of Vancouver Archives which (as of the … Continue reading

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Crop Shot: Unidentified Shoe Co. Annual Employee Outing

This is the first post of a new series which I plan to include periodically within this blog. The principle is straightforward: select an historical image from a public domain archive, crop it so that the viewer focuses on part of the image … Continue reading

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