Browsing the Vancouver Public Library Archives and the Vancouver Archives as much as I do, I often come across material from the same handful of photographers. Thanks to their work, we have a glimpse at what Vancouver life was like over many decades, building up from the tents at Granville Townsite. Today I have decided to feature the photography of Walter Edwin Frost:
Walter E. Frost was born in Vancouver in 1898. After World War I he bought a Kodak roll film camera and began to photograph his city and the ships and trains that carry its life-blood. He was an avid amateur photographer interested in ships, trains, and the city of Vancouver. He stopped taking photographs in the mid 1970s. He died in 1988. [Source: MemoryBC]
Frost directly donated his collection over over 10,000 articles to the Vancouver Archives in 1985. The fonds consists of family photographs and Frost’s photographs of Vancouver city scenes; steam and diesel locomotives and other railway scenes; and ships in Vancouver harbours and docked at various Vancouver piers and wharves.