Archive Photos of the Day: Swimming


Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 — 3:30pm PST
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It’s always fun to look back at how Vancouverites used to cool off during the summer months, seeing how our waterfront landscape — and swimming attire — has changed. Since I have previously posted a collection of beach photos (and a short story about the English Bay Pier) today I’m focusing specifically on swimming for this blast from the past.


1905: Men’s swimming race in English Bay. Archives# Be P12.04. Photographer: Philip Timms.


1900s: English Bay swimming race & diving. VPL# 5454 & 5474. Photographer: Philip Timms.


1912: Bathing in English Bay. Archives# SGN 1015.


1914: August at English Bay. Archives# Be P144.1.


1929: Summer fun at English Bay. Archives# CVA 99-2471.

1930s: Summer at English Bay. Archives# CVA 99-2120.

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1936: Diving platform at Kitsilano Pool. Archives# CVA 260-434. Photographer: James Crookall.


1910: Joe Fortes at English Bay. VPL# 83598 & 1960s: Lifeguard. VPL# 41549. Photo: Province Newspaper.


1932: Kitsilano Pool. Archives# CVA 260-707. Photographer: James Crookall.


1937: Kitsilano Beach Pool. Archives# Be P112.10.

Find more historical photos by searching the databases of the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives.

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One comment

  1. caroline says:

    Love it! I enjoy going to the Sylvia for drinks to see all the photos of English Bay in the past on the wall. Thanks for sharing!

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