Archives Photos of the Day: Ice Cream

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I was having a hard time figuring out what I would feature this week from the Vancouver Archives and Vancouver Library until I stepped onto my balcony. The thermometer is rising past 15 degrees, flip flops are out in full force, and there’s only one thing that’s coming to my mind this afternoon: ice cream. While it’s not the most popular tag in the archives, I did manage to find a few images from days gone by.


1916 – John Oliver eating ice cream at what would become the PNE. VPL Accession#: 30206.
Duke Ellington with ice cream sunday. Photographer: William Cunningham. VPL Accession#: 60435


1920 – Almond’s ice cream store in English Bay. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Archives item# CVA 99-3097.


1949 – Staff at the soda counter at Jersey Farms Dairy in Kitsilano.
VPL Accession#: 81018B & VPL Accession#: 81018A


1936 – Port O’Van Ice Cream, 1166 Hornby. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Archives item#: CVA 99-4857.


1940s – Ice cream parlour clerk. Archives item#: CVA 1184-1218.
1930s – Man holding ice cream. Photographer: James Crookall. Archives item#: CVA 260-347.


1935 – Palm Ice Cream truck. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Archives item#: CVA 99-4448.


1953 – Royal Ice Cream, New Westminster. Item No. IHP9267-0060.
1935 – Palm Ice Cream truck. Archives item# CVA 99-4440.

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  1. Terry ReaWednesday, May 9th, 2012 — 7:03am PST

    The Glenburn Dairy was at Boundary and Hastings. This was where the Vancouver streetcar left off and you transferred to the Burnaby one. The owner of Glenburn Dairy was Charlie Haslem. He sponsored youth lacrosse teams in Burnaby. Any one who played for him got free ice cream for life at the outlet. It is no longer there as the Kootney Loop took the traffic away.

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