Category Archives: sport

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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Lost? Found: Pendrell Street Grounds

This photo shows a ‘park’ in Vancouver’s West End that seems to have been all but forgotten. It was located on Pendrell Street (D.L. 185, Block 70, Lot 31); an empty lot at the time the image was made. It was two … Continue reading

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Two Toots for Terminal City Cycling Club!

These folks are seated near the Stanley Park reservoir which, for many years, supplied water to the city. According to J. S. Matthews’* notes which accompany this image, the two buglers shown in the middle of the shot used their instruments … Continue reading

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The Fabulously Politically Incorrect Zoppes

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PNE Multiplex vs. BC Place

According to a very good history of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Vancouver’s Fair, a Multiplex was formally endorsed by the association in 1978 as a way of overhauling the PNE physical plant in Hastings Park. It was proposed that the Multiplex … Continue reading

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‘Geeks’ of the ’40s

These gents (I don’t see any women, do you?) were evidently having a mid-tourney smoke break at the time Jack Lindsay captured this moment. I imagine that the location was at the club headquarters of the Vancouver Chess Club at the … Continue reading

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China Creek Cycle Oval

This cycling oval was originally built for the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver in 1954. After the Games were over, it became known as China Creek Cycle Oval. The oval seems to have been located just east of where … Continue reading

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Forgotten Chinatown Playground

The newly-opened playground (in 1928) which is shown in Photos A and B was, according to CVA’s notes, somewhere near the intersection of Carrall and Pender Streets in Chinatown. But where exactly the playground was located is a bit of … Continue reading

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Sea of Hats

This is a somewhat unusual view of the Cambie Street Recreation Grounds (for some later years, the site of the long-distance bus station, later still – optimistically – dubbed Larwill Park and serving as a City car park with aspirations to become … Continue reading

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Pre-Expo ’86 Perspective

The man in the image is standing on what will become Skytrain’s elevated concrete guideway near what will be the Main Street/Science World Station. The worker seems to be looking toward the Pacific Central Station (VIA Rail’s local railway station and the long-distance bus terminal). There … Continue reading

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Georgia Through a Windscreen. . . Dimly

The image above seems to have been made through the windscreen of a vehicle that was stopped on Georgia St. for a red light. (Not, in 1963, we may safely assume, taken with the driver’s mobile phone!) It appears to have been shot eastwards … Continue reading

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Scads of Humans Watching the ‘Fly’

According to the Vancouver dailies of the time, there were 10,000 people watching as Harry Gardiner, the “human fly”,  climbed the exterior of the World Tower (later, the Sun Tower) without any special climbing equipment, wearing street clothes and his … Continue reading

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‘My, but you are a wee lass’

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First Baptist Footie Champs

This photo makes me smile. It was taken in 1925 by one of my favourite early Vancouver photographers, Stuart Thomson, at the present site of First Baptist Church (Burrard and Nelson Streets). The young men in the image were apparently a … Continue reading

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Fishing Was Good

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Suzette’s on Howe

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“Hap” O’Connor, Umpire

Elroy Joseph (Hap) O’Connor (not O’Conner, as CVA currently has it) was an American baseball umpire for 40+ years. Evidently, he was umping in Vancouver for a game in 1929. He died in San Bernardino county, CA in 1957.

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Seymour Billiards

The first image was taken on Nelson Street from near the back lane between Granville and Seymour streets. The second image was made on Seymour from Nelson Street looking north toward Smithe. The Vancouver (Ford) Motors building (which today houses Staples on … Continue reading

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Rheumatic Olympian (1928)

 In 1928, at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, 20-year-old Vancouver native, Percy Williams, won the 100-metre race on July 30th and the 200-metre on August 1. As Ivan Ackery recounts in his memoirs of a life in Vancouver theatres, Fifty … Continue reading

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Fearless Loathing?

The look on the face of the girl looking over her shoulder is, in my opinion, priceless. She seems to be looking toward one of the leaders of this (early girl scouts?) group — a male. And it’s plainly not a look of … 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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The Hamilton St. Shuffle

If you are familiar with the streets of Yaletown, you will have noticed that, south of Smithe, Hamilton Street makes a slight jog to the east and then becomes Mainland Street. That isn’t the end of Hamilton, however. If you walk … Continue reading

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Pender Street Bowling Alley

There is no photogrpaher’s name attributed to this fine piece of work which I found in the City of Vancouver Archives (Bu N385; annotations mine), taken, probably, in 1911 while the World Tower (later known as the Bekins and, later still, as … Continue reading

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