This is a view up Dunbar Street in the Dunbar-Southlands area of Vancouver from 1947. The cross-street at the bottom of the image is West 28th Avenue and the street at the top of the image is West King Edward Avenue.
During a heavy storm in October 1947, the passenger ship Gulf Stream ran aground on Dinner Rock, approximately 18km north-west of Powell River. Five of the 36 people on-board were killed. The ship sat on the rock for three weeks until it slipped into deeper waters.
This the Vancouver Airport from 1947 looking south-east towards the Boeing Plant. In 1939 Boeing built a huge manufacturing factory on Sea Island to build aircraft for the war effort. Following Japan’s surrender at the end of the Second World War, the plant immediately closed leaving 7,000 workers stunned and scrambling for work.
This is the Vancouver Airport main terminal from 1947. Through the 1940’s the airport was actually more of a military base which the city leased out to the Federal Government. In 1947, the city of Vancouver resumed control of the airport and begun serving a number of airlines. A year later in 1948, the airport…
This photo was labelled “Market Basket at 16th and Arbutus” and shows a market under construction from 1947. You also get a great view of the surrounding neighbourhood.
This is the city of Mission from 1947. No Mission Bridge yet. That wasn’t completed until 1973. Before then, people used to drive across the train bridge to get from Abbotsford to Mission. Check out the line of cars doing just that…
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…
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 another view of Comox from 1947. This one looks a little west of the center of town.
This is a slightly different view of Victoria from 1947. Looking south down Government and Douglas Streets from roughly Herald Street. You can see all the way to the ocean.