Category Archives: war

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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Victory on 500 Block of West Hastings

This is a very nice image made by Jack Lindsay, probably on VE or VJ Day.* The photographer was on ground level for this shot, standing in a vacant parking spot in front of the Bank of Toronto building (later, the … 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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“Not the Symbol, but the Living Presence…”

These images marked the first visit to Vancouver by a reigning Canadian monarch just a few months before the declaration of war with Germany by both Canada and Britain. There is an episode of CBC Radio’s Rewind which is a sort of … Continue reading

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Burrard Skytrain Station

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War Dance and Carnival, 1917

There was a four-day fundraiser called the War Dance and Carnival held May, 1917 on the Cambie Street Grounds and the adjacent ‘old’ Georgia Street Viaduct. The Carnival was sponsored by the B.C. Commercial Travellers’ Association in aid of four charities: the Red Cross Material … Continue reading

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United Services Centre

In 1943, a United Services Centre was established at 636 Burrard Street, where there is a park, today, between Park Place office tower and Christ Church Cathedral; across from Burrard Skytrain Station.* The following excerpt from a historical report to the Rotary Club of … Continue reading

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It’s a Long Way… to Ypres, Passchendaele, and the Somme

The photo below honours the men and women who left for Europe during the 1914-18 war, to serve Canada. The Great War began, unceremoniously, a century ago today. We are looking at Cordova (the street that extends to the right of the image) and … Continue reading

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