Archives Photos of the Day: Amusements


Thursday, April 26th, 2012 — 10:59am PST
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Playland is opening for 2012 this weekend so a look through the City of Vancouver Archives to find old amusement park photos seemed in order.


1929 – Entrance gate to the Vancouver Exhibition and Happyland on Renfrew. VPL#: 7925.
Photographer: Leonard Frank.


1939 – Fair rides. Archives item# CVA 99 – 3131. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.


1936 – Canadian Pacific Exhibition. Archives item# CVA 260-503. Photographer: James Crookall.


1936 – Children’s rides. Archives item# CVA 260-502. Photographer: James Crookall.


1936 – Chute the Chute ride line-up. Archives item# CVA 260-498. Photographer: James Crookall.


1938 – Two children on a ride. Archives item# CVA 260-930. Photographer: James Crookall.


1947 – Aerial view of Hastings Park. Archives item# CVA 180-1468.

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One comment

  1. Geoff Glave says:

    Thanks for the images. I have fond memories of the Playland of the 70s – Things that I remember that are now gone include –

    – The chairlift that went across the entire site, from playland to the PNE, east to west
    – The big wide yellow slide, that you slid down on burlap sacks
    – The big pole with a bright neon sign on top that just said “EAT” (or maybe it said “FOOD”)

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