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#1 ressen

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 09:13 PM

General interest archives. Advertisements on the back of 1950 Victoria map







#2 Dylan Leblanc

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 09:23 PM

5 digit dialing! I envy the 1950s.

#3 Holden West

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 11:10 PM

Fascinating stuff.

Heh, the "ultra modern" Holiday Court motel. AKA the drug shack.

The "Duncan Hines" endorsement of the Olde England Inn puzzled me. Since when does cake mix dole out hotel recommendations? So it turns out Duncan Hines was a real guy. who knew?
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
-City of Victoria website, 2009

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 12:23 AM

Fascinating stuff.

Heh, the "ultra modern" [url=http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showpost.php?p=1215166&postcount=2751:8ae0f]Holiday Court motel.[/url:8ae0f]

The "Duncan Hines" endorsement of the Olde England Inn puzzled me. Since when does [url=http://www.duncanhines.com/:8ae0f]cake mix[/url:8ae0f] dole out hotel recommendations? So it turns out Duncan Hines was a [url=http://www.tvacres.com/admascots_hines.htm:8ae0f]real guy[/url:8ae0f]. who knew?


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#5 Dylan Leblanc

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 12:33 AM

you can come back as long as you don't do those things that always get you banned!!

see you at the big game tomorrow. er, later today.

#6 Holden West

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 11:00 AM

This old photo blog has nothing really to do with Victoria but it has some great vintage photos, some in colour.

Check this spectacular colour image of an 1890 building in Montana taken in 1942. Compare it to similar contemporary Victoria buildings like NW corner of Douglas and Yates or Douglas and Fisgard.

Here's a fascinating shot of a Washington DC streetscape, also from 1942. A blog commenter noted that the car and store windows have been "soaped"--drawn on with a bar of soap. Today vandals do the same, except with a sharp tool that ruins the window. There appears to be chalk graffiti as well. Interesting that graffiti has always been around, it's just that modern technology has made it more destructive.
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
-City of Victoria website, 2009

#7 aastra

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Posted 13 April 2007 - 04:12 PM

So you're saying the world was actually in sharp focus back then? And colours were accurate, like today?

#8 Holden West

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 11:12 PM

Interesting map of the disputed San Juan Islands from the 1858 New York Times. (.pdf)
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
-City of Victoria website, 2009

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 07:36 AM

pig War!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#10 Holden West

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 06:37 PM

Great new resource: Victoria British Colonist searchable newspaper archives from 1859-60.
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
-City of Victoria website, 2009

#11 ressen

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 04:14 PM



back page of the Victoria phone book from Dec. 1966

#12 Caramia

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 05:17 PM

Here is another great source...
http://www.canadiana.org/eco.php

#13 victorian fan

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 05:46 PM

I remember our phone number
41724 then
Evergreen 41724 = EV41724 = 3841724

When I first put a phone in my bedroom. it was a pink princees style.

#14 ressen

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#16 victorian fan

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 06:54 PM

All look very familar to me, ressen. Around that time it was a toss up between a grand piano in Eatons or a brand new Toyota. Both were the same price. I bought the car. Should have bought the piano.

#17 gumgum

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 07:44 PM

^Might have been a better investment. But you can't take a piano to the drive-in.

#18 victorian fan

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 09:15 AM

The White Spot at the T&C Mall was hugely popular. This was long before White Spot restaurants and shortly after the mall was built.

#19 Ms. B. Havin

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 03:34 PM

Did you notice that the ad for Karin's Delicatessen at 726 View St. places the deli in what the ad calls the "midtown mall"?
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 04:09 PM

^Yes, the "Mid-town Mall" makes an appearance in the "A Townscape Rediscovered" movie. It appears as if it is between View and Yates near the old Standard Furniture building where St. Andrew's Square is today.

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