Category Archives: schools/colleges/universities

UBC’s Main Library (aka Barber Learning Centre) as it Was

If this view of the UBC Main Library (today known as the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre) seems strange, it shouldn’t be surprising. It has been awhile since the library building and environs have appeared this way. The main entrance of … Continue reading

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Mystery of the Dog in the Manger

If you look closely at the blackboard of this image of the Model School (at Cambie and 12th; still standing, although the interior has been altered to make it City Square shopping mall), you can see part of the lesson for the … Continue reading

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Early Tech for “Readin’, ‘Ritin’ and ‘Rithmetic”

Most of the school supplies in this office building are recognizable to me. The 1930s version of the Remington typewriter, of course (with that almost unheard of technology, carbon paper inserted), variations on early document copiers (which I’m tempted to refer to … Continue reading

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’52 Faces of CBA

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Astor Hotel

The image above shows Vancouver Buisness College at 147 West Hastings (just east of Cambie) in 1904. By 1909, the space had been taken over by the Hotel Astor (not to be confused with the Hotel Astoria, which still stands today in … Continue reading

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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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Van High – McGill University College – UBC

UBC was not created in a single sweeping act. It came to be in piecemeal fashion.  Vancouver High School (shown below in its first incarnation at corner of Dunsmuir and Cambie, with Central School in the background) was where UBC … Continue reading

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Shifted Priorities for Central Burrard

These images are from the 900 block of Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. The two starkly show the differing priorities for the area over the last 100 years or so. In the early years of the 20th century, public education … Continue reading

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PET at MOA: 1976

I’ve been remembering, recently, the dominant national political personality during my formative years, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. I could not find any images of Trudeau in the City of Vancouver Archives, but I found this rather good photo in UBC Library’s Digital Collection of his June 1976 visit … Continue reading

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How Odd . . .

This image shows what remains of the Pender Street side of the cornerstone at the Odd Fellows Hall at Hamilton and Pender. The structure was built for the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows), a secret fraternal society akin to that of the Masons, in … Continue reading

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Tweedsmuirs in Lotusland: A Few Notes

John Buchan (b. 1875) was raised in Scotland. He was a writer of many novels — including, most famously, The 39 Steps — biographies, histories, articles, and poems. He was invited by King George V to become his representative in Canada (on the advice of then Canadian Prime … Continue reading

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