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#41 aastra

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:44 PM

Not sure if I already said it, but "Oaklands" was a good name for that area.

So in the other pic (BO-47-1524), what's the building up on the hill by the reservoir? It looks like it occupies the same site that the Sikh Temple occupies today.

Edit: Sorry, I suppose that was the original Sikh Temple building? Or if not the original then the building that preceded the current one?
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#42 Bingo

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:02 PM

How about the sign on top of the J.H. Todd & Sons building, just south of the Northern Junk buildings.

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#43 aastra

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:20 PM

...impressive how much open land there is around the bridge. Maybe the folks who want this left open are correct in its historical authenticity...


Here's the thing: several buildings on a couple of small city blocks were razed to create more roadways and traffic islands. Were those properties privately owned before the city acquired them? If so, then methinks it's rather silly to be overly concerned about transferring a small parcel back to private ownership as part of the Northern Junk development.

#44 Baro

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:33 AM

I did some interesting historical research on some of the terrain near the bridge. I've found evidence that the entire place was at one time deep under the earth in a partially molten state. I've written to the hallmark society and demanded the historically incorrect "green spaces" be replaced with a molten inferno at thousands time surface pressure.

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#45 MarkP

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:58 PM

Ok, got another Victoria image up. This one is similar to the Hudson's Bay Company Store shot, but from a little further south. Still TONS of detail in the streets.

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I also got a "rating" system up so you can vote on images. :-)

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:25 PM

Thank you MarkP, I like the view of the construction of the Memorial Arena.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:37 PM

I appreciate the pictures but am getting depressed at how many buildings are gone and replaced by smaller ones or empty lots. Looks like lots of them went in the chinatown area.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:31 PM

Maybe it's the black and white, but Victoria sure looked bleak and gritty back then. There's none of the folksy charm of the antique photographs. These views are of a rough, industrial town on the decline.

Note the modern addition to the Carnegie library being built along Blanshard.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:02 PM

Use the zoom Holden that is the Odeon.

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#50 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:08 PM

Use the zoom Holden that is the Odeon.


Indeed. The Odeon appears to built with some type of construction technique requiring lots of angled sticks to support building the walls.
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#51 Holden West

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:27 PM

^Ah, yes. I see it's in front of the Demitasse building, not beside it. The library is a few years away.
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#52 Bingo

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:28 PM

Thanks again MarkP

The Gas Works is on Pembroke Street. And the nearby rail yard between Discovery and Chatham is shown.

A roof sign gives the location of the CJVI radio station at Broad and View.

Victoria book and Stationery is at Government and Broughton, and the Coach Lines Depot is on Gordon Street where there is now a parkade.

Scurrahs Clothing Store sign is seen at 728 Yates.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:36 AM

Just above Royal Athletic Park on the far side of Cook Street there is a 3 story building that resembles a school.

I cant seem to remember this building. It appears to be too close to RAP to be the Cridge.

Any ideas?

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:40 AM

Just above Royal Athletic Park on the far side of Cook Street there is a 3 story building that resembles a school.

I cant seem to remember this building. It appears to be too close to RAP to be the Cridge.

Any ideas?


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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:49 AM

^ Thanks VHF, I can go back to bed now. That building does not stand out as much as it did 70 years ago.

#56 Bingo

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:07 AM

Years ago Athletic park was surrounded by a wooden fence about 8 feet high to prevent people for watching the games and to keep them out without paying. The boards were vertical with a narrow space between each board, but if you drove by in your car you could actually see the players running around. What you were seeing was all those narrow spaces joined together to make a picture.

I wonder if that effect is how the movie filmstrip was invented?

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:32 AM

I'd love to see the west shore of the 1940's.

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#58 aastra

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:33 AM

The YMCA's building looks like it was about the same height as the Sayward Building.

...many buildings are gone and replaced by smaller ones or empty lots.


There were too many buildings in old Victoria so the wise decision was made to introduce a comfortable amount of open space. This is why some people fight so hard to preserve parking lots and empty lots today.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:34 AM

I'd love to see the west shore of the 1940's.


I don't think it had been discovered yet.
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#60 Bingo

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:40 PM

I'm guessing that the three images of Victoria posted so far were taken from a blimp, as it would need to be from a source that isn't moving to quickly to achieve the fairly sharp detail.

I think they are also taken on the same day with the first photo posted taken at 2:00 pm, the second at 3:45, and the third at 2:20.

Looking forward to some more.

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