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Archie and the gang visit EXPO 86 - the full comic book, online! (cc @SarahSaysStuff)

Archie and the gang visit EXPO 86 - the full comic book, online! (cc @SarahSaysStuff)

It's been EXPO86 madness at our office lately. First THIS wonderful piece of artwork arrived from a thoughtful couple, then THIS tea towel arrived in the mail and recently another gift showed up.

Securing the railings on the Granville Street bridge

Every week or so I highjack a GIF from Vancouver Rising on Tumblr which takes archival videos and turns them into sweet animations. VISIT THEM and follow! Securing the railings on the Granville Street Bridge (c. 1950-1954)

Vancouver Was Awesome: Talking Pictures, 1908

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . Granville Street, showing the Maple Leaf Theatre on the left. The arrival of sound films, or “talkies,” is usually associated with the 1927 film, The Jazz Singer .
A musty, 28 year old tea towel brings absolute joy to the V.I.A. office

A musty, 28 year old tea towel brings absolute joy to the V.I.A. office

I won't rest until we've bought every single EXPO 86 collectible released to the public and have them displayed prominently here at our downtown office, so it is with great pleasure that I'm sharing with you this tea towel that we procured from Ebay
The best artwork to adorn the V.I.A. office since 1986

The best artwork to adorn the V.I.A. office since 1986

I had a wonderful meeting at our downtown office yesterday with Dave Peterson and Devon Knight, pictured below holding an incredible gift they brought us.

FOUR floating gas stations in Coal Harbour... in 1984

Every week or so I highjack a GIF from Vancouver Rising on Tumblr which takes archival videos and turns them into sweet animations. VISIT THEM and follow! Vancouver skyline reveal (1984)

Here's what Robson Square looked like back in 1983

Every week or so I highjack a GIF from Vancouver Rising on Tumblr which takes archival videos and turns them into sweet animations. VISIT THEM and follow! Robson Square (c. 1983)

Vancouver Was Awesome: Plane crash in the West End, 1918

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense .

Vancouver Was Awesome: Shuichi Kusaka, 1915-1947

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . Shuichi Kusaka Shuichi Kusaka was five years old when his family moved to Vancouver’s East End from Osaka, Japan in 1920.
1987 map of the False Creek Basin made by the city planning department

1987 map of the False Creek Basin made by the city planning department

Collector and historian Jason Vanderhill has been contributing to our blog for some time, as well as to our real-life pile of Vancouver historical artifacts.