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Blast from the Past: 25 Historical Vancouver Photos

Posted on June 12, 2017

CityMash.com - Historical Vancouver’s Instagram account is showing users some of the city’s most famous landmarks before the 21st century. Take a look and see for yourself whether our city and its people have changed all that much in the last century.

Bird’s eye view of the forests of Stanley Park (1926)

Victorian couples posing on Capilano Suspension Bridge (1906)

Capilano Suspension Bridge 1906 #1906 #vancouver #vanarchives creator: CPR Photographer

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Retro shot of Vancouver’s first day of SkyTrain service (1986)

First Rider's Club #vancouver #skytrain Dec. #1985

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Canadian troops training off the shores of Kitsilano Beach (1943)

#Remembranceday #Vancouver #1943 Troops training in the waters of Kitsilano beach #vanarchives #HowIRemember #LestWeForget #kitsilano #vancity #Nov11

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Candid locker room capture of Canuck comrades (1960)

#VancouverCanucks 1960's Home ice advantage tonight. Let's do this!!!! #Vancouver #hockey #canucks #vancity

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Crafty three-bedroom stump house that channels the Berenstain Bears (1910)

#vancouver #1910's A three room stump house. 26th Ave and Prince Edward Street. #vancity #vanarchives #treehouse

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The staggered rooftops of the port district, Gastown (1913)

#Gastown #1913 Sun Tower Dominion Building #vancouver

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Vancouverites protest the Vietnam War near Granville Mall (1970)

Father-son picnic in the unbeaten paths of Stanley Park (1890’s)

Stanley Park. 1890's. One of my favourite photos ever. Photo from Vancouver Archives. Photographer unknown.

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Loggers harvesting a colossal Douglas Fir (1890’s)

1890's. Men logging a beautiful giant Douglas Fir. #Vancouver #vanarchives photographer unknown.

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Game of ice hockey on the frozen over Trout Lake (1914)

Happy Saturday! Ice Hockey on Trout Lake in East Van, Dec.20 1914. Photographer George Timms #hockey #vancouver #eastvan #winter #icehockey

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Event photograph showcasing Vancouver’s Rowing Club (1906)

Vancouver Rowing Club 1906 photo from #vanarchives photographer unknown #vancouver

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Photo of a Vancouver architectural icon, Science World (1986)

#Vancouver 1986 Science World. Photo from #vanarchives. ❤️❤️

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Steam-powered fire truck responding to an emergency

#Vancouver fire department Steam propelled "Amoskeag" fire engine on way to fire. #vfd #vanarchives

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Two lovely ladies on the cobblestone streets of Gastown (1970)

#1970 Two girls in #Gastown

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Real estate brokers conducting business out of a tree (1886)

#vancouver May 1886 Real estate office in big tree [Georgia Street, near Granville]. #vancity #vanarchives

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Stylish skiers taking on the slopes of Mount Seymour (1940)

#1940 #MtSeymour 'tis the season

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1901’s Electric Railway Co. streetcar at the English Bay stop (1901)

#vancouver 1901 B.C. Electric Railway Co. car #35 "Robson" at the English Bay Beach stop on Denman St. #vancity #vanarchives thanks @jfinlay_

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Blue collar railway workers at Hastings and Main (1912)

1912 Men laying streetcar tracks at Hastings and Main Streets for reconstruction of Hastings #vanarchives #streetcar #vancouver #vancity

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Cal George of CKWX Radio News in the live room (1942)

#Vancouver 1942 Cal George @ C.K.W.X radio News1130. HAPPY RECORD STORE DAY VANCOUVER #recordstoreday

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First cross-border mail delivery from Vancouver to Seattle (1919)

#Vancouver #1919 First International Mail Flight Vancouver to Seattle – W.E. Boeing of Seattle leaving Vancouver. #vancity #vanarchives #gohawks

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CBC debuting their first mobile telecast (1954)

Mail-liner ship leaving Granville/Howe Street docks (1887)

Bustling Granville Street, restored in colour (1905)

Flashback of Victory Square and its war memorial (1920)

The account that depicts these charming moments from Vancouver’s past now has more than 7,000 followers since its creation less than two years ago.

See more of Vancouver’s historical photos here.

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