Archive of posts tagged "history"

Vancouver Polar Bear Swim 2011

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim in English Bay is a tradition that is 91 years strong. It all began with 10 swimmers in 1920 thanks to the leadership of Peter Pantages and it grew to welcome over 2,000 participants in recent years. Peter Pantages & Miss E Robinson in English Bay Dec 1927 – Archives […]

This Week in Vancouver History

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While researching this week’s history post it dawned on me that I could profile significant events that happened each day this week in Vancouver’s past. Here’s a glimpse at what was taking place in our city at this time of year, throughout the last century. December 20, 1911 Frank and Lester Patrick opened the Denman […]

Voices of BC Book Giveaway

Comments 30 by Rebecca Bollwitt

After discovering I had a passion for writing about local history a few years ago I began to closely follow the works of the Vancouver Archives, Chuck Davis, John Atkin, and more recently James Johnstone. Although Vancouver is only 124 years old, our region has centuries of history which is why I was pretty excited […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Santa

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Santa rolled into Vancouver last week and he’s no stranger to our town. While looking up a keyword for today’s Archives Photos I decided to keep it simple and see how Santa has spent his time in our town over the years. Year: 1939 In this photo: The Case triplets visit Santa Vancouver Archives Item#: […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Barbershops

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When looking for a theme for this week’s collection of Archives Photos, the keyword “Barbershops” caught my eye on the search page. With a wrap on this year’s Movember many grizzly-faced men have been shaving up a storm either at home or with the help of a grooming professional, so the theme seems rather fitting. […]