Aerial Photos of BC from 1940's and 1950's
Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:39 PM
-City of Victoria website, 2009
Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:45 PM
I don't think it had been discovered yet.
With the exception of that trailer park on Spencer.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:27 AM
I seriously doubt a blimp was involved. The key to a sharp photo like that is a massive negative (I think Mark said they were 4" x 5" or something), and a fast shutter speed. Did you see the size of the camera on the previous page? A big lens lets in a lot of light and permits a fast shutter. Aerial photography by plane was very advanced at the time this picture was taken.
The camera you mention was designed for wartime use and the plane took photos from high altitudes looking straight down.
Our photos were taken from a low altitude of perhaps 1500 feet looking sideways. Some newspaper photographers used Speed Graphic cameras with sheet film, which produced good quality images.
I would be interested in hearing how the photos were taken and with what kind of camera.
4X5 Speed Graphic
Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:56 AM
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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:05 AM
He spent several hours looking at them, even going up and down in strips, hand noting landmarks at each side of his frame, for his next trip up the next adjacent strip.
He's not a forumer here, but he sends his thanks, MarkP.
Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:35 PM
Do you know what kind of aircraft was used?
Sorry, no idea about the aircraft.
Posted 29 April 2012 - 07:54 PM
Sorry, no idea about the aircraft.
In the 30's the RCAF used Fairchild 71 and Vickers Vedettes for mapping, in the 40's C47(DC3), and converted Avro Lancaster bombers for aerial surveilance.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:15 PM
Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:23 PM
Couple reasons, Mark.
First, it shows an real industrial area that they (federal government and BC Hydro) are just now remediating. Around where the two big round gas silos are. That was a coal gasification plant, the coal came in by rail from Nanaimo. And they also burned some to make electricity there too.
Secondly it shows how the road has changed very much by the arena (white roof). The main drag out of town runs by there, but now runs down and beside the other arch roof building (Bay Sy. Armory).
This is great.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:18 PM
The log booms also remind me of the plywood mill on the Gorge.
A couple more inches lower and we could have seen Jimmy Little's store on Quadra.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:06 PM
A couple of oddities for me. What is the circular thing behind the arena and why was the road to the east of the armory angled like that? Obviously gave Blanshard its shape now.
That was originally called Rose Street and you can see the old right of way for the Victoria Sidney Railway just east of the road.
The thing behind the arena is on top of the high rock out-crop that used to be there. It might have been the walls to one of the buildings that the circus used when it came to town.
The photo also show the railyards by Capital Iron and the siding with two freight cars at Kelly Douglas warehouse(now Value Village)
There also seems to be a couple of olds hulls tied up behind Capital Iron to the north. They were in the process of scrapping of the upper decks.
I have always wondered about the purpose of the tunnel under Bay Street new Bridge Street. It is still there today, and I think the streetcars used to cross the harbour near there, but l don't think they could fit through it.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:49 AM
It began as part of a dream—a dream to directly connect lower Vancouver Island to the transcontinental lines by rail and ferry. While that expectation was fulfilled, for some its continued existence became a nightmare. Its schedule was by no means punctual. The roadbed and equipment received minimal maintenance. Some of its station facilities defined the word "rustic". Its owners were content to ask the Victoria and provincial governments for annual interest guarantee payments. There was little incentive for it to be profitable. But, for two decades, beginning in the 1890s, the "Cordwood Limited", as it came to be known, was the only service, apart from rural dirt roads, that Saanich Peninsula residents had for travelling to and from Victoria or for shipping and receiving farm products and other goods.
The V & S Railway was one of Great Northern's more obscure and most charming rail operations. A classic pioneer shortline built in the late 1800s, it was in continuous use from 1892-1919, coming under the aegis of the GN system in 1902. Even as shortlines go, the V & S was definitely short: from mudsill to stringer, and from the Sidney wharf to the market station in Victoria, it never aggregated much more than 16 miles! Its importance lay not in the achievement or failure of some grand scheme but in its simple utility as a carrier of people and goods.
This is a story of great expectations, shrewd business, and political dealing. At the same time, it gives a glimpse of the early growth of the Saanich Peninsula and the town of Sidney.
Anybody know the route?
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