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Old 03-09-2011, 06:02 PM   #426
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Now how long ago was that? I remember the dealership, now that you mention it.


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My mom bought her Chevy Nova there in '75

I'm pretty sure it was still there when we moved out of that neighbourhood around '78
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Been a while........

Anyway, does anyone know if Gibbs boys club still operates in the Strathcona area? I used to go there often as a kid. Back in the day, there were so many kids in the Strathcona area with nothing to do and this place offered so many things. They took us on field trips. I remember going to Boundary Bay. First time ever leaving the neighbourhood. I remember the teens and young leaders who worked with us. I remember this one very pretty girl leader. Back then there was no such thing as hotness. Horny came later in life, LOL.

Driving around the Strathcona area now, I notice it has changed so much. Not many kids and lots of homeless and way more First Nations folks than there used to be. I also noticed some yuppies....... strange the neighbourhood is now.
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car wreck

Police officer inspects wreck on the Georgia Viaduct - 1943
Photographer: Jack Lindsay
City of Vancouver Archives, item # CVA 1184-636

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Accident at Richards Street and Davie Street - ca. 1940
Photographer: Jack Lindsay
City of Vancouver Archives, item # CVA 1184-3227

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Wreck beside Georgia Viaduct - 1929
Photographer: Stuart Thomson
City of Vancouver Archives, item # CVA 99-1915

truck wreck

Johnson Storage Company trucks - 1927
Photographer: Stuart Thomson
City of Vancouver Archives, item # CVA 99-1974

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Wreck in the 1300 Block West Pender Street - 1920
Photographer: Stuart Thomson
City of Vancouver Archives, item # CVA 99-3287

car wreck

An accident near Granville Street and Connaught Drive - 1921
Photographer: Unknown
City of Vancouver Archives, item # Str P409.1

car wreck

Accident at 29th Avenue and Connaught Drive - 1914
Photographer: Unknown
City of Vancouver Archives, item # Str P269.4

car wreck

Accident between a streetcar and automobile - [ca. 1940]
Photographer: Jack Lindsay
City of Vancouver Archives, item # CVA 1184-3225

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B.C. Provincial Police officer writing a ticket - [ca. 1948]
Photographer: Jack Lindsay
City of Vancouver Archives, item # CVA 1184-2695

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New traffic sign on King Edward Avenue - 1929
Photographer: Stuart Thomson
City of Vancouver Archives, item # CVA 99-3641

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Constable Duncan McTavish directing traffic at Hastings Street and Abbott Street - [ca. 1925]
Photographer: Stuart Thomson
City of Vancouver Archives, item # CVA 99-2391

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Inspector George Hood tests a motorist for double vision - [between 1940 and 1948]
Photographer: Llewellyn
City of Vancouver Archives, item # Port P794
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Driving around the Strathcona area now, I notice it has changed so much. Not many kids and lots of homeless and way more First Nations folks than there used to be. I also noticed some yuppies....... strange the neighbourhood is now.
It's changed significantly. A lot more affluent folk living in the area now along with artists and musicians. A majority of the old-Chinese have moved out or have passed away.
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1907 Stanley park hollow tree


The first gasoline station in Canada opened in June 1907 on Smithe Street, Vancouver


1908 Granville st bridge construction


1909 Vancouvers first post office, now part of Sinclair centre


1911 Denman Arena


Construction on one of Vancouver’s most beautiful (and now vanished) buildings, the second Hotel Vancouver, began early in 1913.


1915 The scoring of Fred "Cyclone" Taylor helped the Vancouver Millionaires win the Stanley Cup.


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in the Orpheum Theatre, 1918


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Vancouver’s first plane crash. A flying-boat—an aircraft with a hull-shaped fuselage for operation from water—the H-2, crashed in the West End after an engine failure at 1,500 feet. Piloting the little plane was Lt. Victor Bishop of the RAF, a seasoned pilot who had seen (and would see more) action in the First World War. Bishop’s plane dropped like a stone and fell on the roof of a house owned by Dr. J. C. Farish at the corner of Bute and Alberni Streets. Bishop was not seriously injured. In fact, he stepped out of the plane into the upstairs hallway of the house and, with the assistance of one of the residents, walked down the stairs to the front door and outside through a gathered crowd to a waiting ambulance.
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October 25 The worst disaster in coastal history, when the Canadian Pacific Ship Princess Sophia sank. Stranded on a reef in a severe snowstorm off the Alaskan coast, every berth occupied, the crowded luxury coastal steamer was thought to be safe, anchored firmly. “Her captain, L.P. Locke, was one of the most experienced and most respected mariners on the coast.” The passengers, most from the Yukon, played cards and wrote letters. Somehow the Sophia slipped off the reef during the night and sank. All 343 people aboard, 63 of them crew members, were lost. The only survivor was an oil-soaked dog found later wandering on the shore. Writers Betty O'Keefe and Ian Macdonald have written Final Voyage of the Princess Sophia: Did They All Have to Die? (1998)
1921 The peach Arch was opened


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1 Mar. 21 Vancouver Millionaires 2-1 Ottawa Senators Denman Street Arena, Vanc.
2 Mar. 24 Ottawa Senators 4-3 Vancouver Millionaires
3 Mar. 28 Ottawa Senators 3-2 Vancouver Millionaires
4 Mar. 31 Vancouver Millionaires 3-2 Ottawa Senators
5 Apr. 4 Ottawa Senators 2-1 Vancouver Millionaires
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Joe Fortes, beloved English Bay
lifeguard, died in February.


1927
Yip Sang, a Chinatown pioneer, built the
Wing Sang Building (51-67 E. Pender),
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1933 Whores


1936 Vancouver City hall


1937 Pattullo bridge


1938 Bus Station, Seymour and Dunsmiur


1938 Lions Gate


1942 Cars owned by Japanese Canadiens were seized and stored at hastings park
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And a light in a Stanley Park monument built to honor Japanese-Canadian soldiers who had fought bravely and with high casualties for Canada in World War I was turned off.
1945 London drugs first store, 800 Main st



CKMO's Wilf Ray interviews Sammy Davis, Jr. at the Commodore in 1948. There's something about Wilf that caught Sammy's notice!


The collapse of the Second Narrows Bridge June 17, 1958


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Once called the BC Hydro Building, the 21-storey Electra was B.C.'s tallest building in 1961.


The Port Mann Bridge opened in 1964


1965 Our Flag
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Since you grew up in the Strathcona-Chinatown area, you may remember this. I plan to go there sometime soon.
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Stories, we need stories........ pics are nice, but recollection of old neighbourhoods and what it was like when you were young - growing up. I often wish I had spent more time with my father - talk about his experiences living in the DTES.
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Since you grew up in the Strathcona-Chinatown area, you may remember this. I plan to go there sometime soon.
Not sure what you are referring to. If it's the bridge, I remember when the old viaduct went down and the new overpass was built.

If you're referring to the Jimi Hendrix Shrine, it wasn't there when I was a little kid.
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Maybe the link was bad. I think I screwed it up.

I was referring to this:

Foo's Ho Ho
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Ah, the Ho Ho......... we went there all the time. For every occasion you can think of. If someone died and had a funeral, they would gather there afterwards. Weddings, grads, anniversary, holidays, etc. Food was always good there. I recall it being quite big. Two floors, I think. Also, I don't recall it being called Foo's. In fact, I recall a restaurant named Foo's across the street. Perhaps they merged.
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I remember Ming's across from ho ho on Pender. Went there many a times for dinner
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Thanks, skyxx, it would be nice if RS members, who's family have been here for many generations, took the time to talk to their parents/grandparents about their experiences living here in Greater Vancouver and share those stories here.

My father never said much about the past before he passed away, but then again, I never bugged him about it. I'm sure he had many stories of how life was like back in his day - whether it be about the Chinatown Riots, racism, police conduct towards immigrants, the war days, trying to fit in, etc.
Great-great grandfather said to my great grandfather "Don't go there. White people will spit on you". Not much of a story but that's all he said.
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Anyone remember The West End Girls? A group of girls from Vancouver's West End had this catchy, but overplayed song.

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Tidbits of stories that I have heard over the years...

My Grandfather was born in Vancouver during the 1930s and grew up in Chinatown. He was Chinese and spoke English and Toisan which it was the spoken Chinese language in Vancouver during the time.

He grew up in a very poor family and he and his siblings would sleep on old mattresses filled with bed bugs. They would wake up covered in bites. For food they would often have to buy the old moldy bread from the bakery.

People who were not Caucasian were not allowed in the pool at English Bay, but the man who worked there would let my grandfather and his friends in early before they opened. They would all urinate in the pool before leaving, because of the discrimination.

He also told me a story of how in school, he sat behind a blonde Caucasian girl and got black ink from an inkwell all over her hair and got in trouble for that.

In a factory that he worked in, as an adult he was making less than a Caucasian child who worked there doing the exact same job simply because he was Chinese and the child was Caucasian.

We also have a Chinese family member that got buried into the concrete of one of the bridges. I'm assuming he fell in some how during construction.

Our family isn't even our real family last name, when my great grandfather immigrated and paid a head tax they put the wrong name which was his middle name. (Personally, I do not mind it as it is now completely unique to our family)
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My Grandfather was born in Vancouver during the 1930s and grew up in Chinatown. He was Chinese and spoke English and Toisan which it was the spoken Chinese language in Vancouver during the time.
My uncle came here in the 40s (we're from just outside Guangzhou) and working in a restaurant he used to always get told "Gong tong wa ni yew um hew, gong fan wa ni yew um hiew"

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People who were not Caucasian were not allowed in the pool at English Bay, but the man who worked there would let my grandfather and his friends in early before they opened.
Racism when convenient cause Joe Fortes was our first lifeguard and he was black.

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In a factory that he worked in, as an adult he was making less than a Caucasian child who worked there doing the exact same job simply because he was Chinese and the child was Caucasian.

We also have a Chinese family member that got buried into the concrete of one of the bridges. I'm assuming he fell in some how during construction.
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I think our football team won the provincial title one year (Shrine Bowl) and went to the finals a few times. Our rivals back then were the Notre Dame Jugglers (private school bastards). They always seemed to beat us. I don't think Britannia even has a football team now. The football coach at the time was Mr. Shreiber <sp?> and Bill Vance, Jodi Vance's father, taught PE.
Mr Jack Schrieber? He was also the wrestling coach. I think 5 consecutive provincial championships!
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Went through quite a lot of pages in this thread. I've only lived here for two years but I've seen a fair share of the city. But I never got the opportunity to see the before and after effects. To be honest I've never had that opportunity anywhere. I seem to move cities every 3-4 years. If anyone has any history of the neighborhood between main-cambie/broadway and terminal that would be awesome. I lived in a 120 year old house in that area for awhile and it is clearly visable how much things have changed in that neighborhood. The house is an artist residency now and a gallery.


I also stumbled upon this photographers flickr awhile back. He has a really great, intimate and well shot collection of vancouver from several decades.
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i miss the chinese theatres they use to had
the 1 in the old aberdeen and the 1 that use to be on commerical and broadway
i could of sworn it was in parker place.. i remember a bowling alley there too..... maybe no bowling alley but this was around 13 years ago?? I remember watching chinese films and eating hong kong pop corn (sweet popcorn) hahah
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It always amazes me to see how the neighbourhood you're familiar with has evolved. I grew up in Southeast Vancouver and enjoy recognizing the buildings and surroundings that existed then and how they remained the same or changed over the decades.

Anyone recognize any of these?


[View of road paving at the] Intersection Main St. and 34th Ave. [now 33rd Avenue].jpg


[View of streetcar and businesses at] 49th and Fraser Aves. S[outh] Vancouver.jpg


1st Ave. and Comm[ercial] DR..jpg


10th Avenue and Cambie Street, site of City Hall.jpg


41st Avenue and Fraser Street (Municipal Hall South Vancouver) ca. 1912.jpg


41st Avenue looking West from East Boulevard ca. 1914.jpg


43rd Avenue and Main Street (Drainage pipes stacked) ca. 191-.jpg


49th and Fraser Ave (View of streetcar and businesses) ca. 1912.jpg


500 block of Carrall Street, looking north toward Pender Street.jpg


800 Block of Main St 1968+2009.jpg


4100 block of Main street looking Southeast May 7 1946.jpg


6306 Prince Albert Street (Women and girls sitting on the front steps of a house) ca. 1916.jpg (I believe this house still stands on that corner)


A glimpse of the city from Stanley Park.jpg


Accident scene at 41st and Prince Albert Aug 1948.jpg






An newly built shopping area at the corner of Cedar Street (Burrard Street) and Broadway.jpg


Arch at entrance to Central Park, Burnaby.jpg


Broadway and Com[mercial] Dr..jpg


Burrard Pharmacy [1003 Robson].jpg


Capitola Pharmacy and Apartments, corner of Davie Street and Thurlow Street.jpg


City Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Vancouver, B.C..jpg


Commercial Drive and 11th Avenue (Men erecting power pole) ca. March 28, 1914.jpg


Commercial Drive and 20th Avenue ca. 1920.jpg


Cor. 25th Ave. and Main St. Vancouver, B.C..jpg


Dick building at southeast corner of 9th Avenue (Broadway) and Granville Street.jpg


Entrances to the underground comfort stations on Howe near Robson Street.jpg


Exterior of E. Trimble and Sons Central Meat Market - S.W. corner of Westminster Road (Kingsway) and 9th Avenue (Broadway).jpg


Finished bitulithic pavement Fraser St. and 34th Ave. [now 33rd Ave.].jpg


Fraser and 33rd. [Avenue looking] south.jpg (anyone remember the A&W on that corner?)


Fraser and 49th. [Avenue looking] north.jpg


Grant Motors, 49th. and Fraser showing sign, Home Gas.jpg


Houses, Fraserview housing development, exterior 1950.jpg


Joyce Street looking Southwest towards Carleton School ca. 191-.jpg


Knight and 41st. [Avenue looking] north.jpg


Knight and 41st. [Avenue looking] west.jpg


Knight and 49th. [Avenue looking] south.jpg


Knight and 57th. [Avenue looking] east.jpg


Knight and 57th. [Avenue looking] west.jpg


Looking North on Main at 8th Avenue 1922.jpg


Looking North on Main at Broadway 1922.jpg


Looking west from East 64th Avenue (66th Avenue) near Main Street.jpg


Main Street at River Road (Marine Drive).jpg


Marine Drive in South Vancouver.jpg


Mr. Francis (Frank) J. Hamilton standing on the 100 block East Pender Street.jpg


Mr. Stephens McLaren Ad. Co., Dunbar Theatre.jpg


North east corner Columbia Street and Pender Street.jpg


Park Avenue (Later Boundary Road) (Showing streetcar, overpass, road and sidewalk ca. 191-.jpg


Smith, Davidson & Wright building [1190 Homer Street].jpg


South Hill Baptist Chuch South Vancouver ca. 1912.jpg


South Hill Public School South Vancouver ca. 1912.jpg


Southwest exterior of the Court House, viewed from the corner of Hornby and Robson Streets.jpg


Taken for Duker and Shaw Billboards Ltd. [Kingsway between Clarendon and Wales Streets].jpg


Terminal Cartage truck on its side after colliding with a street car on the corner of Howe and Davie Streets.jpg


The Heather Street Creek overflowing Ninth Avenue (Broadway).jpg


View looking Northwest in 2500 block Main June 1939.jpg


View looking South on Fraser and East 33rd near the entrance to Mountain View Cemetary July 1944.jpg


View looking southwest in 600 block East Broadway at Fraser June 1939.jpg


View of Spanish Banks Beach (formerly Point Grey Beach) from Marine Drive and Blanca Street.jpg
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Some of those buldings are still there.

The first London Drugs...... brings back many memories.

Any pics of Richmond circa 1960's? Rchmond was nothing but berry farms.
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Capitola Pharmacy and Apartments, corner of Davie Street and Thurlow Street.jpg
Haha wow. I used to live behind this building, walked beside it everyday and thought it would be such a cool building to live in. (This was last year:P) Thanks for the picture dump. I wish I came to this thread when it was just getting going. So many interesting tales and items I could comment on.

An old lady who randomly sat down and had coffee with me told me there used to be a car co-op garage somewhere near cambie street. A place where skilled car mechanics would help people fix their cars for free in exchange for supporting the garage with tools. They have a bike co-op here in vancouver, why not a car co-op?
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