The earliest film of Vancouver
mtippett | March 3, 2009 at 04:41 pmby
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This video shows what Vancouver looked like just over 100 years ago. A fascinating (slightly sped up) look into what life was like then.
In 1907, Seattleite William Harbeck bolted his hand-crank camera to the front of a streetcar and filmed along Granville, Hastings, Carrall, Cordova, Cambie, and Robson streets (Woodward's is on the left at 1:09) Very little is recognizable to the 21st century Vancouverite. Robson is entirely residential, for example, and 1907 landmarks like the old CPR station at the foot of Granville are long gone. This is what the city looked like when the Asiatic Exclusion League mob rampaged through Chinatown and Japantown later that year. Try and spot the only car in the video (although getting around looks familiarly perilous).