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Vintage Vancouver Billboards

Friday, September 9th, 2011 — 9:21am PDT
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John and I are in Kansas City this week and when driving through KCMO, you get welcomed downtown by classic old billboards on rooftops and painted advertisements on the side of buildings.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Vancouver used to have a lot of these until they slowly disappeared due to city bylaws. Now returning around town in flashy digital form, old school billboards around Vancouver are my Archives Photos of the Day.

Vintage Vancouver Billboards

1966. Archives# CVA 180-6045.

1900. Archives #CVA 677-80.

1919. Archives #CVA 99-2233. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.

1926. Hastings & Abbott. Archives #CVA 99-2250. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.

1926. Archives #CVA 99-2256. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.

1926. Granville & Pacific. Archives #CVA 99-2260. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.

1930. Archives #CVA 99-2813. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.

1949. VPL Accession Number: 81056

1955. Hastings & Cambie. VPL Accession Number: 82829

1932. Archives# CVA 20-59.

1932. Archives# CVA 20-109.

Most of the photos in this post were found in the City of Vancouver Archives. Check out their blog, AuthentiCity.

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  1. Henry Lee says:

    Rebecca, thanks for your article on billboards in Vancouver – a lot of advertising history was made. Makes me miss the neon signs, too.

  2. Sue Bigelow says:

    If you like Vancouver’s neon, you should check out this upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver:

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