Video: Super 8 film found in thrift store offers glimpse of Vancouver in 1971

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There are plenty of treasures at Value Village thrift stores that can’t tell much story of place and history, but when you land on an old Super 8 film that focuses–in its grainy way–on Vancouver in 1971, that’s a pretty awesome find.

A Reddit user shared the digitized version of the film he found and uploaded it to YouTube. The lucky treasure-hunter says they were able to spot some credits in the footage, and made out a name, Taik Koo Wang.

“I was able to track down his son, who paid to have it digitized,” adds the Redditor.

Called “Shape,” the film contains footage of the city, particularly buildings, CP Rail trains, freighters in the bay, boats on the water, vehicle traffic, and the Lions Gate Bridge. It’s pretty incredible to see so many familiar places (and a sweet pair of bell bottoms!) as seen almost 50 years ago, and yet so much has changed.

This is a Vancouver before SkyTrain, before Expo, before so much of the glass-fronted high rises that now shimmer on the landscape. It’s even a time when the White Spot logo was still the chicken!

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom