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1912 was a significant year in the development of Vancouver’s skyline. Among the structures under construction that year were: Birk’s Building (destroyed 1974); Sun Tower (visible at extreme left of “Vancouver Today” image above); Third CPR Railway Depot (now Waterfront Station). This isn’t visible … 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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Century of Change

The image above was made in 1913 from the rooftop of the Lee Building (in 1913, just a year old; still standing today) at Broadway and Main. This is a crop made from a panorama view — this part looking … 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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