Archive July 2012
This is the Austin Avenue and Blue Mountain Street area of Coquitlam from 1959.
This is the east end of Abbotsford from 1954. The big intersection just up from the center of the image is the intersection of Essendene Avenue, West Railway Street and Montvue Avenue.
This is the very first White Spot restaurant to open in Vancouver. It was located at Granville and West 67th Avenue. This photograph is from 1947, but the restaurant opened way back in 1928. Check out the line of traffic waiting to get in and the “overflow” parking across the street, to the right. The impressive building toward the top-right of the frame is David Lloyd George Elementary School.
This is Canadian Pacific Rail Yard in Vancouver from 1946. Located on the north shore of False Creek, the Vancouver Roundhouse was the largest facility of its kind in British Columbia. You also get a fairly good view of Yaletown at the time.
This is an interesting photo of the New Westminster waterfront from 1951. The steamship in the picture is the Royal Mail Line’s “Loch Avon”, a cruise ship operating in the Pacific and run jointly with Holland America Lines.
This is the Hastings-Sunrise area of Vancouver from 1957. You get an excellent view of Taylor Manor, a home for the elderly, and the Provincial Industrial Home for Girls. You can also make out Empire Stadium, Hastings Racecourse and the PNE off in the distance. This is one year before the wooden roller coaster was constructed. The street running left/right near the bottom of the image is Boundary Road.
This is the Canadian Industries Limited explosives plant on James Island from 1947. The plant operated from 1913 to 1972. At it’s peak during World War II, CIL employed 800 workers and produced 900 tonnes of TNT per month.
This is what was left of the Brighouse Race Track in Richmond from 1951. Brighouse was originally called Minoru Race Track when it first opened in 1909. It closed in 1914 when the first world war began and reopened in 1920 as Brighouse. It operated for 22 seasons until finally closing forever in 1942 when wartime gas rationing forced all racing to be transferred to Hastings Park. The track was covered in 1965 when Richmond Center began construction. I believe the intersection in the photo is No 3 Road and Cook Road, although it’s possible that it’s No 3 and Park Road.
This is a photo of the Jericho Beach Air Station from 1953. Also known as RCAF Air Station Jericho Beach, the facility began operations in 1920 as a flying boat station. Later it was home to the No. 4 and No. 6 Bomber Reconnaissance Squadrons, and No. 1 Signal Squadron of the RCAF. Only one building remains today which was converted into the Jericho Sailing Center.
This is a shot of the area around the University of British Columbia from 1953. Near the middle you’ll find the Iona Building of the Vancouver School of Theology.