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Vancouver Was Awesome: The Battle of Deadman's Island

Vancouver Was Awesome: The Battle of Deadman's Island

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . In 1899, industrialist Theodore Ludgate persuaded the Dominion government to lease him Deadman’s Island to build a sawmill.

Queen Alexandra Elementary Class of '86, Vancouver's Centennial year

Did you attend Queen Alexandra Elementary in 1986? Are you pictured in this graduation photo below holding an (AMAZING!) Vancouver 100th anniversary flags? OR, do you know anyone in this photo? They'd be 30-something now, and I bet they'd love to see
Vancouver Was Awesome: Hunter S Thompson, 1958

Vancouver Was Awesome: Hunter S Thompson, 1958

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . After reading a Time Magazine article on the new direction of the Vancouver Sun , a young and still unknown Hunter S. Thompson wrote the paper asking for a job.
Something big is happening next to Pacific Boulevard

Something big is happening next to Pacific Boulevard

If you've been anywhere near Pacific Boulevard or the Georgia viaduct over the past couple of days you may have noticed (in fact there's no way you DIDN'T notice) thousands of pallets on the ground of that chunk of land on the northeast corner of Fal
Vancouver Was Awesome: Jitneys Vs. Streetcars

Vancouver Was Awesome: Jitneys Vs. Streetcars

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . Jitneys started appearing on the streets of Vancouver and other cities during WWI.

Bing Crosby has (had?) the key to our city!

A friend forwarded this video along to me and I imagine it may have already made the rounds but I couldn't help but share. It's a "Canadian Paramount News" production of a whirlwind day that Bing Crosby did in Vancouver in 1948.
Vancouver Was Awesome: Power Block, ca. 1925

Vancouver Was Awesome: Power Block, ca. 1925

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . This recently demolished building went up in 1888 as a saloon for Captain William Power of Port Moody at 819 Granville, just south of Robson.

The history of the Vancouver Sun is the history of Vancouver. Full stop.

By now you've likely seen all of the stuff coming from our friends at the Vancouver Sun celebrating their 100th anniversary as Vancouver's daily paper (bookmark THIS LINK and follow @VanSun100 on Twitter if you want to get kneedeep in it).
Vancouver Was Awesome: A Trip to London, 1906

Vancouver Was Awesome: A Trip to London, 1906

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense .
Vancouver Was Awesome: Jack Black in Vancouver, 1894

Vancouver Was Awesome: Jack Black in Vancouver, 1894

A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense . Jack Black came to Vancouver in 1894 after he and his Chinese cellmate busted out of a Revelstoke jail using a hacksaw.