Arthur Laing (yes, the bridge dude) and his family


The shortest subject in this historical Vancouver photo writes:

“My Mom, Dad and I enjoying a day downtown. This was before my dad Arthur Laing became involved in Federal and Provincial politics. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1948 and remained in several cabinet postings and was a senator at the time of his death in 1975.”

The story behind the man who captured this photo? Well, from 1934 to 1979, street photographer Foncie Pulice set up his camera on Vancouver city sidewalks and snapped candid shots of people strolling by. For almost half a century, he took thousands of photos, unwittingly capturing moments in time, the history of a city, and the lives of British Columbians. Photo negatives of Foncie’s images do not exist. He destroyed most of them when he retired. Until recently there was no central archive or collection.

Documentary filmmaker Melanie Wood and British Columbia’s Knowledge Network changed that by bringing these photographs together – collecting them from albums around the province and giving them a public home online and in the film Foncie’s Corner. The photos continue to stream in and Melanie shares them with us regularly so we can share them here on our blog.

This is a story about Vancouver, about British Columbia, and about it’s people… so they need your help. Visit to add your photos and stories to the collection.

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