I dreamt up today’s photo feature from the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives as I do many others: I type in a subject that I think might be featured in bunch of archive photos and see what comes up. Today, that word was horses and I am in luck. The first gasoline-powered car arrived in Vancouver in 1904 but it took a while to catch on. Horses played quite an important role in the history of the city, even throughout the decades as fixtures of parades and celebrations:
1890: A trio of horses in Hollow Tree and one of the men riding is Sam Brighouse
. Archives# St Pk N1.
(Left) 1900s: These horses are clearing land for the courthouse building (today it’s the Vancouver Art Gallery). Photographer: Philip Timms. VPL# 7197. (Right) 1917: Officers on horseback at the Cambie Street Grounds. Archives# Mil P87.6.
(Left) 1904: Girl on a horse at the Gabriola mansion in the West End. VPL# 7276. (Right) 1908: Man and woman on horseback outside Christ Church Cathedral at Georgia and Burrard. VPL# 8689. Photographer: Philip Timms.
1915-1918: View of road with horse-drawn buggy and motor vehicles at Stanley Park Pavilion. Archives# CVA 1376-110.
1942: Move over Budweiser! These cart horses are pulling for Vancouver Breweries. Photographer: Jack Lindsay. Archives# CVA 1184-1532.
(Left) 1942: Vancouver Breweries horses and cart. Archives# CVA 1184-1531. (Right) 1900: Horse-drawn Vancouver Transfer Company baggage wagon. Archives# Trans P156.
1912: Firemen and horse-drawn engine on Granville at Broadway. Archives# FD P13.
1932: Crowd (including horses) at the opening of the Burrard Bridge. (Left) Archives# CVA 447-118. Photographer: Walter E. Frost (Right) VPL# 25216. Dominion Photo Co.
(Left) 1961: Clydesdales at the PNE. VPL#41099. (Right) 1960s: Pony ride in Stanley Park Zoo. VPL# 41137. Province Newspaper Photos.
1960: Grey Cup Parade along Georgia and Howe in Vancouver. Archives #2008-022.168.
Photographer: Leslie F. Sheraton.
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