This kid had open heart surgery in BC in the 1960’s


The kid in this historical Vancouver photo writes:

“My name is Malcolm Bolton, in 1968 a photo was taken of myself and my father Ben Bolton on the Granville street in Vacouver, I am now 51 years of age and I was only six years of age when this photo was taken. My father Ben Bolton used to take me to Vancouver for yearly check ups at the Vancouver General Hospital because I had gone through open heart surgery in Vancouver. I am from Terrace, British Colombia. I was amazed to see this photo.”


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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