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Vancouver Was Awesome: Bob Bouchette and the Birds' Paradise, 1934

Vancouver Was Awesome: Bob Bouchette and the Birds' Paradise, 1934

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . Bob Bouchette was the Vancouver Sun's most popular journalist in the 1930s.
Vancouver Was Awesome: The Supremes, 1965

Vancouver Was Awesome: The Supremes, 1965

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . Poster for the Supremes at the legendary Cave Supper Club.
Vancouver Was Awesome: The O'Brien Sisters, 1935

Vancouver Was Awesome: The O'Brien Sisters, 1935

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense .
Vancouver Was Awesome: Greer's Beach, 1861 and 1908

Vancouver Was Awesome: Greer's Beach, 1861 and 1908

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . According to City Archivist Major Matthews, the top image is the first known portrayal of what's now Vancouver. It's a copy of a watercolour painted by Lieut.
Vancouver Was Awesome: Moon Glow Cabaret, 1966

Vancouver Was Awesome: Moon Glow Cabaret, 1966

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . The Moon Glow was already closed for a few years when this photo was taken, but in the late 1950s and early 60s, it was an R&B club.
Vancouver Was Awesome: Lions Gate Bridge, 1938

Vancouver Was Awesome: Lions Gate Bridge, 1938

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . Built with money from theĀ Guinness beer family, the Lions Gate Bridge openedĀ to motor traffic 74 years ago today.
Vancouver Was Awesome: Logging English Bay, 1890

Vancouver Was Awesome: Logging English Bay, 1890

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . Loggers built makeshift trails like this for skidding logs to sawmills down on the waterfront.
Vancouver Was Awesome: Sky Scout, 1937

Vancouver Was Awesome: Sky Scout, 1937

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense .
Vancouver Was Awesome: The Bum, 1923

Vancouver Was Awesome: The Bum, 1923

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . Rocky was a well known dog-about-town in 1920s Vancouver.
Arthur Erickson Architects is hiring! (circa August 1976 at the @VPL)

Arthur Erickson Architects is hiring! (circa August 1976 at the @VPL)

I dropped in to the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library yesterday in order to find a quiet corner in which to work on the TALK I'm giving this Wednesday at the Georgia Strait Alliance fundraiser and was quickly sidetracked as I walked through