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53-27 : Davie St. Apartments, Vancouver

 This photo features the intersection of Jervis Street and Davie Street in downtown Vancouver. It was taken in 1953. The bridge in the upper-left corner is the Burrard Bridge. Take a look at Vanier Park….in 1953 it was still the Royal Canadian Air Force Supply Depot #7.

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BO-47-1637 : Thornton Rail Yard

 This is the CN Thornton Rail Yard from 1947. This active rail yard was located just west of the (now) Port Mann Bridge on the Surrey side of the river. Check out all the steam locomotives! In the top-right corner of the frame you can just make out King George Highway.

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BO-48-2812 : Cornwall and Maple

 This is another low altitude shot of apartment buildings in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver from 1948. The intersection in the top-left is the corner of Cornwall Avenue and Maple Street. At the bottom of the image you can see the rail lines that the interurban streetcars ran on. The “Kitsilano Loop” was in use…

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54-30 : Gibbons Drive, Richmond

 This is Gibbons Drive in Richmond from 1954, approximately where James Thompson Elementary School now sits. The intersection at the very top of the image is No. 1 Road and Granville Avenue.

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58-49 : Station Square Burnaby

 This is the Station Square area of Burnaby from 1958. You get a great view of the Ford Motor Plant, which has several of it’s own posts. The major street just below the Ford Plant is Kingsway. To the right of the Ford Plant you see Silver Avenue, McKay Avenue and Willingdon Avenue.

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BO-53-41 : Granville Bridge Construction

 This is a cool shot of the construction of the new Granville Street Bridge from 1953. You can still see the old Granville Street Bridge in operation just to the left. Unfortunately, the image is not as crisp as some of the others, but still really interesting.

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58-3 : False Creek Fish Docks

 This is a photo of the Fish Docks on False Creek. It was taken on February 13, 1958. You can still see the railway bridge that went over False Creek, the back of the Seaforth Armoury and part of the rail yards under the Burrard Street Bridge.

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58-46 : Burnaby Ford Plant

 Here’s another amazing image. Did you know there was a Ford Automotive Assembly Plant on Kingsway in Burnaby? The factory sat in the location now taken up by part of Metrotown Center. This image from 1958 shows the Ford Plant in all it’s glory. The street beside the plant is Silver Avenue and the street…