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Archives Photos of the Day: Christmas in Vancouver

Monday, December 5th, 2011 — 10:55am PDT
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Santa Claus rolled through town in a parade this last weekend, the lights are twinkling at Robson Square, and the city’s Christmas tree will soon be lit. It’s a festive time for many cultures and religions. I scanned through the Vancouver Public Library’s archives to come up with a merry collection of images from Vancouver’s past in this week’s series.

1900’s – Santa giving gifts. VPL Accession Number: 18052. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.

1918 – Butcher shop at 2513 Main St. VPL Accession Number: 20633. Photographer: Dominion Photo Co.

1927 – Woodward’s Department Store. VPL Accession Number: 10419. Photographer: Leonard Frank.

Marine Building decorated at Christmas. VPL Accession Number: 14664 & 14664A.
Date unknown. Photographer: Leonard Frank.

1929 – Spencer’s Department Store. VPL Accession Number: 17174.

(Left) 1932 – BC Electric at 600 Granville. VPL Accession Number: 70431A. Photographer: King Studio.
(Right) 1952 – The Cave Supper Club. VPL Accession Number: 82042. Photographer: Art Jones.

1952 – Universal Lumber and Box Co. Christmas party. VPL Accession Number: 82046A.
Photographer: Doug Conk.

(Left)1966 – SPCA Christmas puppy. VPL Accession Number: 41113.
(Right) 1960 – Santa arrives at Children’s Hospital. VPL Accession Number: 41585
Photographer: Province Newspaper.

1965 – Vancouver General Hospital Christmas tree. VPL Accession Number: 42319.
Photographer: Province Newspaper.

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  1. Johnny G says:


  2. Wow! Thanks for sharing part of history about Woodwards. Soon I arrived in Vancouver in ’86, I just find Woodwards a place to shop with anything. There was an aura about the place and was very sad when it was closed. Re living it through the W sign was a beautiful and fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing on Facebook.

  3. Kelli says:

    once again…LOVE IT! Thanks!

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