Vancouver History: Before and After Photos Part Five

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last week I didn’t realize how long I had been running the “then and now” photo series so we had Part Three, twice. I’m back on track this week and I’ve decided to feature transit and bus transport.

Vancouver 1948 – Photo credit: Jack Lindsay

With everyone heading back to school and with commuting options changing, let’s take a look back at what Vancouver bus travel looked like when the city was young.

Robson Streetcar, 1900-1902

Photo credit: Major Matthews Collection

Robson Bus, 2008

Photo credit: AE Creations on Flickr

Cambie Bus, 1948

Photo credit: Walter Edwin Frost

Cambie Bus, 2008

Photo credit: Dennis Tsang on Flickr

Double Decker Bus

Photo credit: Stuart Thomson


Photo credit: nivek_woods on Flickr

Hotel Shuttle

Lotus, 1913

Major Matthews Collection

Bayshore, 2006

Photo credit: Chrispitality on Flickr

Sightseeing Bus


Photo credit: Stuart Thomson


Photo © Big Red Bus on Flickr

If you have any theme suggestions for next week, please leave a comment on this post. All black and white photos are from the City of Vancouver Archives.

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  1. Jhenifer @ TransLinkThursday, September 10th, 2009 — 10:43am PDT

    Ooh – very cool!
    I will post a link to this.

  2. fotoeinsThursday, September 10th, 2009 — 11:36am PDT

    Thanks, RB. Aaah, the memories of too many hours spent on Brill trolleys between Chinatown and downtown …

  3. Stephen ReesThursday, September 10th, 2009 — 1:16pm PDT

    The old picture labelled “double decker bus” is not taken in Vancouver, of course, but in the suburbs of London, England. It is probably a lot earlier than 1938 since buses like this served on the front lines during World War I, and would have been long taken out of service by then.

    The 1900 Robson conveyance is also not a bus but a streetcar.

    But still an interesting collection

  4. The Buzzer blog » Two tidbits: Vancouver transit then and now, NextBus text recordThursday, September 10th, 2009 — 3:46pm PDT

    […] transit then and now, NextBus text record One of the historical transit photos showcased at Vancouver 1948 – Photo credit: Jack […]

  5. Paul AlbrightonThursday, September 10th, 2009 — 4:49pm PDT

    Wow, miss604! It’s so interesting to see how much Vancouver has changed since the 1900’s. What a contrast!

  6. alThursday, September 10th, 2009 — 8:59pm PDT

    don’t know why, but the “then” photos aren’t loading for me.

  7. testFriday, September 11th, 2009 — 2:59am PDT

    don’t know why, but the “then” photos aren’t loading for

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