Archives Photos of the Day: Women


Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 9:41am PST
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Today is International Women’s Day and in Vancouver, women have played a strong role in developing its history and making sure it moves into the future. The Vancouver Police Museum reminded us on Twitter this morning that Vancouver was the first city in the world to hire women as cops and I wanted to showcase that part of our local history. I selected the collection of photos below as they portray Vancouver women as you may see them today – as athletes, hikers, campers, part of community organizations, having fun and working hard.


Date: 1898
Subject: Two women on Hastings Street near Hamilton Street
Archives Item#: Str P279
Photographer / Studio: Major Matthews Collection


Date: 1917
Subject: Women hiking in Black Tusk Meadows
Archives Item#: CVA 660-195
Photographer / Studio: John Davidson


Date: 1920
Subject: Vancouver women’s hockey team
Archives Item#: CVA 99-58
Photographer / Studio: Stuart Thomson


Date: 1920
Subject: Five local women
Archives Item#: CVA 99-878
Photographer / Studio: Stuart Thomson


Date: 1929
Subject: First women’s jury
Archives Item#: CVA 99-1924
Photographer / Studio: Stuart Thomson


Date: 1940
Subject: Women in roller skates around the Queen Victoria Memorial Fountain
Archives Item#: Mon P32.1
Photographer / Studio: Major Matthews Collection


Date: 1944
Subject: Two women operating a machine at Pacific Mills
Archives Item#: CVA 586-3225
Photographer / Studio: Don Coltman


Date: 1945
Subject: Two women at Empress Manufacturing Company
Archives Item#: CVA 586-3890
Photographer / Studio: Don Coltman

All photos are courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives. You can follow them on Twitter or read their new archives blog.

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3 comments

  1. Jay Banks says:

    Wow, some of the pictures are awesome! My favourite is the one showing women hiking in Black Tusk Meadows – can you imagine anyone wearing such outfits for trekking nowadays? And another one I found really interesting is the one showing hockey team 🙂 thanks for posting!

  2. Kristi says:

    Love these photos! Perfect for women’s day! 🙂

  3. Henry Lee says:

    Thanks for the article, Rebecca!

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