Archives Photos of the Day: Food

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s always fun to come up with a theme for my archive photo roundups: from telephones and billboards to bikes, moustaches, and costumes. Today I saw News1130 Radio post a tweet promoting the upcoming “Foodie Friday” segment and the lightbulb went on. Vancouverites love their food so why not see what kind of culinary captures I could dig up from the archives?

1905 – Woodward’s at Hastings & Abbott. Archives item# CVA 809-20.

1918 – White Lunch Limited (806 Granville). Archives item# CVA 99-5167.
Photographer: Jack Lindsay.

1937 – Premier Thomas “Duff” Pattullo cutting his birthday cake. Archives item# CVA 371-1768.

1926 – Making crackers at the National Biscuit and Confection Co. Ltd.
VPL Accession Number: 22206

1926 – Hand-dipping chocolates at the National Biscuit and Confection Co. Ltd.
VPL Accession Number: 22208

1943 – Fruit display. Archives item# CVA 1184-1574. Photographer: Jack Lindsay.

1946 – 60th birthday of Vancouver’s first baby, Margaret McNeil. Archives item# Port P1816.1.
Photographer: WJ Moore.

1946 – Butcher shop. Archives item# CVA 1184-1260. Photographer: Jack Lindsay.

1946 – The fair in Mission. Archives item# CVA 586-4621. Photographer: Steffens Colmer.

1948 – Sterling Meats display window. VPL Accession Number: 80514

1964 – Displays at the Chefs’ Convention. VPL Accession Number: 44088.
Photographer: David C Paterson.

1972 – The Only Seafood. VPL Accession Number: 85873S. Photographer: Curt Lang.

You can visit the Vancouver Archives or Vancouver Public Library archives online or in person.

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  1. Lori-Vancouver BC Airbnb SuperhostFriday, January 6th, 2012 — 4:38pm PST

    Love the pictures and your “Archive Days”.
    The picture of Sterling Meats reminds me of Penguin Meats in White Rock…they have the best Turkey Sausages I’ve ever had! I stock up each time I go:)

  2. DebraMonday, January 9th, 2012 — 8:35pm PST

    I love the photos of National Biscuit! My Granny (who was born and raised in Kitsilano from 1911 to the 1940s) talked of it often and said how her Dad would go over and buy a big sack of seconds, (broken biscuits) for them and how a treat it was for them. Thanks for the memories!

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