Vancouver History: Before and After Photos Part Two

Comments 10 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last week my Vancouver History: Before and After Photos received such a great response that I’m making this a weekly feature. I started thinking of themes so this week’s series will feature bridges. As with last week, the original images are available through the City of Vancouver Archives.

Burrard Bridge

Major Matthews collection


Photo credit: Proggie on Flickr


Photographer Thomson, Stuart


Photo credit: World of Jan on Flickr

Granville Bridge

Major Matthews collection

There is a neat panorama from 1919 here.


Major Matthews collection


Photographer Frost, Walter Edwin


Photo credit: on Flickr


Photo credit: gizzypooh on Flickr

Cambie Bridge
1923 – Connaught Bridge

Major Matthews collection


Photo credit: SqueakyMarmot on Flickr


City Planning Department


Photo credit: tiddlywinker on Flickr

If you’d like to see a certain theme represented next week, please feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments.

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  1. ChloeTuesday, August 18th, 2009 — 10:04am PDT

    Love these old photos! I’d be curious to see some of the city’s hotels…

  2. SharadTuesday, August 18th, 2009 — 10:37am PDT

    Beautiful! It would be great to see our major parks if such before/after photos exist.

  3. KimmTuesday, August 18th, 2009 — 12:36pm PDT

    if you can find some other photos/ info about all the other bridges that head into the heart of Vancouver.

    or some of the streets in Vancouver like Broadway, Cambie etc

    maybe do a history before and after in each burb of the lower-mainland (be interesting to see) after you finish your Vancouver before and afters 🙂

  4. Robert DallWednesday, August 19th, 2009 — 12:46pm PDT

    Love the series. The Burrard Bridge is pretty awesome structure in both photos!

  5. mpmWednesday, August 19th, 2009 — 2:05pm PDT

    Here is one that everyone will love. It’s from the City of Van site. These are survey photos that they stitched together. Click 1978 or 2003 and watch the change – the change is HUGE.

  6. Sandra GarciaWednesday, August 19th, 2009 — 11:54pm PDT

    How about East Van? It amazes me some of the things that HAVEN’T changed, maybe just the number of restaurants/shops that come and go.

  7. KyleThursday, August 20th, 2009 — 12:57pm PDT

    Well, the mountains haven’t changed much 🙂

  8. LoreneThursday, August 20th, 2009 — 3:21pm PDT

    How about Japantown – the Powell Street area? Vancouver City Councillor Geoff Meggs and I took a group through the area – one of the walking tours for the Japantown Multicultural Neighbourhood Celebration earlier this year. We stopped and talked about Chapel Arts, Carnegie Library/City Hall, Main & Alexander, Gore&Cordova, Oppenheimer Park, Japanese Language School, Ballantyne Pier, and Japanese Camp and Millworkers Union (544 Powell). Some dramatic changes in the area.

  9. fotoeinsTuesday, August 25th, 2009 — 2:25pm PDT

    Thanks, RB, for this series. One of my earliest memories as a wae lad was going to VPL Central (Robson/Burrard), and borrowing a copy of “Vancouver: Then & Now” by Chuck Davis. Needless to say, multiple renewals and borrows followed …

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