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An Audi Baritone: Update

Originally published October 2014. Who is the apparent rock star above? A fellow who, in his day, was a household word: American opera baritone, John Charles Thomas.  Today, his vocal stylings are not quite forgotten (although his name is all … Continue reading

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Cecil Akrigg and Stan Lowe Go for a Climb

Cecil Akrigg and Stan Lowe were in their 20s when they made these images to remember their adventures in and around the Lion’s Gate Bridge ca 1939. No mention is made as to whether their climb up the bridge tower (of … Continue reading

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NE Views from FBC: 90 Years Apart

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Varied Skyline Views from Burrard Inlet

Each of these images was made from somewhat different vantage points, but all were made from or across Burrard Inlet. The 1916 WJ Moore panorama photo shows one of the very early skyline images of Vancouver with a skyline – … Continue reading

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BC Permanent Loan Co.

This building lived with the contradiction that was its name for a number of years (there is no such thing as a permanent loan, except in the nonsense-world of art galleries and museums). There is at least one other contradiction … Continue reading

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Crossing the Inlet

This post celebrates the launch this week of Sea Otter II, the newest among the vessels that ply the waters of Burrard Inlet between Waterfront Station (Vancouver) and Lonsdale Quay (North Vancouver) for SeaBus. For more information about SO2, including … Continue reading

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Oakridge As It Was

This appears to be a sign advertising Oakridge Centre Mall at this location (southwest corner of Cambie and 41st). It was taken in 1970. Woodward’s department store was the initial anchor of the mall when it opened in 1959.

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Hambro Building

The structure shown above from the 1930s was the Hambro block. “Hambro” almost certainly is a reference to the private London (UK)-based bank. Sort of a boring building, you say? I tend to agree. The exterior was quite dull – and the exterior … Continue reading

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‘Crazy’ For a Reason

‘Crazy Crystals’, apparently, were simply the crystals left behind when mineral water was distilled. But judging from the advertising claims made by the company, the crystals had health-enhancing qualities beyond the skin softening and laxative properties that had long been attributed to mineral … Continue reading

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Noxall Moucide Adds Spice to Death

  This is part of an image of Heather’s Handy Store, a Dunbar-based convenience shop. I enjoy scanning the products on shelves of old photographs like this one, seeing what items our grandparents and their neighbours were tempted to purchase. There … Continue reading

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An Insincere Star? Never!

The image above seems to have been taken as part of a fund-raising effort by the Kinsmen and Kinettes clubs of Canada to raise cash for the purchase of powdered milk in wartime Britain. The female model is unknown to me. The male … Continue reading

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Former Strathcona Park, Future City Hall

The photo above is a view of what would become within a couple of years the home of Vancouver’s City Hall. The site was known then as “Strathcona Park” (a name now given to a park that is actually within the … Continue reading

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Before Rogers Building

This image was made just prior to (and very likely in anticipation of) the construction on the corner of Granville and Dunsmuir of the Rogers Building. C. D. Rand, whose office is visibly prominent in the single-storey structure at the … Continue reading

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‘Big Yellow Taxi’ Syndrome

Okay, this block of admittedly quite humdrum-looking commercial properties here on Seymour St. (between Dunsmuir and Georgia and across Seymour from the Hudson’s Bay Company) doesn’t really count as a ‘paradise’, at least in my books.  But it serves as an … Continue reading

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Billboardicus Giganticus

The enormity of the billboard showing a bespectacled gent shilling for Nabob is mildly shocking. Even more so that it appears to have been adjacent to a single family dwelling – although one that almost certainly was on a principal automobile route. But … Continue reading

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Early Occupants of the Main Flatiron Property

The image above has a semi-rural charm to it that is a feature of many Canadian photographs made during the Victorian period. The lad in the foreground was almost certainly standing where he was at the request of the now-unknown photographer … Continue reading

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