Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 10.59.50 AMAngelo Conte left his pregnant wife Anna back home in Valstagna, in Italy’s Veneto region to come to Canada to make enough money to bring Anna and his child back to Canada for a new life in Vancouver. One week before Angelo’s planned return to Italy for Anna he is killed in a tragic blasting accident while working on the Connaught Tunnel. He was buried in Revelstoke.
50 love letters written from Canada by Angelo were handed down through the generations unread by other family members until just recently. The story from these letters form the core of Nicola Moruzzi’s documentary.

Proposed Building for the World Newspaper

“lower floors of Haddington Island stone, the upper floors in pressed brick trimmed with ornamental terra-cotta. the main entrance trimmed with Bancroft Cipolino marble, the stairs finished in the same material…” “designed to be as fireproof as possible”

The building was equipped with high speed elevators that ran on DC electricity, from the same source used by the streetcar system. When the streetcars went by and up the hill the elevators would slow down. It was one of the last buildings in Vancouver to use DC.

The building opened in 1912 and was briefly the tallest building in the British Empire.

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 8.37.26 PMThe plasterwork was done by the noted craftsman John Wartman. His delightfully quirky house is on Slocan at Oxford.

A Tunnel in Gastown...

ferry tunnel photoNorth Vancouver once ran a fleet of ferries across Burrard Inlet delivering passengers and cars to the city. On the Vancouver side the vessels jockeyed for space between a variety of vessels to off load their cargo. Foot passengers and cars had to cross the very busy CPR tracks that ran along the south shore, so the ferry company dug a short tunnel under the tracks that came out to Alexander Street.

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This engineer’s drawing from the Vancouver Archives shows the proposed pedestrian tunnel. And the fire insurance map shows the final design. Today the ramp to the harbour is occupied by a pleasant Paul Merrick designed condo project. The shape is derived from the width of the former access ramp.

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 10.28.39 PMThis guy is standing on the roof of the Kurtz and Company cigar factory located in the 100 block of Cordova near Cambie.

Kurtz was the pioneer cigar company in Vancouver.

Vancouver Archives photo: Str P71

Voting to Join

Vancouver World November 30, 1910

Through The Lens: Space Centre and Vancouver History

Doing a quick run through in preparation for Wednesday

Back by popular demand!

Don’t miss these encore presentations of William J. Moore’s panoramic photographs in a digital blend of Vancouver today and the early 1900s.

Wednesday, May 14 7:00pm with John Atkin

Wednesday, May 28 7:00pm with Michael Kluckner

Tix at the door  |  Space Centre

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 6.42.02 PMSpencer's Ltd. Furnishes 6445 Churchill Street

From the January 1931 Vancouver Sun and Google Street View

circusfoetus-4148Here’s the Indiegogo page…


Screen Shot 2014-05-03 at 12.48.45 AMI finally got myself organized and have posted my Jane’s Walk: Scrap Metal, False Creek, and Taxi Cabs: a walk on Vernon Drive It will be a walk the length of Vernon Drive south of Venables. We’re meeting on the south east corner of Venables and George Street, 7:00 pm. As usual, rain or shine.

1948, NFB and Stan Douglas' New App


Once you get used to the navigation it’s easy to move through the environments and it’s fun poking around parts of the old Hotel Vancouver and Hogan’s Alley. The spirit of both places has been captured well. Objects that glow are tapped to bring up stories, which in a nice touch, are told by etherial ghost-like presences. And with headphones the ambient sounds are quite immersive.

There are nice touches too, like the view out of windows and doors which give you glimpses of the city beyond that are reasonably accurate.


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