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25 vintage photos of Vancouver in the 1970s

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DH Vancouver Staff Mar 04, 2014 9:36 am

Vancouver sure has changed over the past 40 years. After sitting in storage for several decades, photographer POP SNAP uncovered the slides they had put away and started basic lo-res scanning of these Kodachrome pictures. Kodachrome is quite challenging to scan, as they told us, but as you can see, it was all worth it.

POP SNAP’s interest was largely in buildings and structures, which form the basis for most of the photos. Almost all pictures from the set were shot on sunny days.

We’ve chosen just some of the photos from POP SNAP’s Vancouver 1970s sets. To see more, visit their Flickr page.

A view of the city (1978)

vancouver 1978

Cheap gas in 1978 ($0.85/imperial gallon = $0.20/litre)

vancouver 1978 - cheap gas

Middlegate Shopping Centre (1978)

vancouver 1978 - middlegate shopping centre

15th & Arbutus (1978)

vancouver 1978 - 15th & arbutus

Manitoba & West 13th Avenue (1978)

vancouver 1978 - manitoba & west 13th

West on Hastings (1978)

vancouver 1978 - west on hastings

The Shoreland Apartments, 2190 Bellevue Avenue (1978)

vancouver 1978 - shoreland apartments

The Vancouver Special (1977)

vancouver 1977 - vancouver special

West 5th & Arbutus (1978)

vancouver 1978 - w 5th & arbutus

High-Low (1978)

vancouver 1978 - high-low

A modern phone booth (1978)

vancouver 1978 - phone booth

Main Street looking north (1978)

vancouver 1978 - main street looking north

4th & Vine (1978)

vancouver 1978 - 4th & vine

Eldorado Motor Hotel (1978)

vancouver 1978 - eldorado motor hotel

Winter on West 11th Avenue (1977)

vancouver 1977 - winter west 11th

Main & 13th Avenue (1978)

vancouver 1978 - dairy queen

Robson & Thurlow (1978)

vancouver 1978 - robson & thurlow

Colonial Motel, Kingsway & Sidney Street (1977)

vancouver 1977 - colonial motel

The Asteroid (1977)

vancouver 1977 - the asteroid

Shell Car Wash (1978)

vancouver 1978 - shell car wash

West Coast Transmission Building (1979)

vancouver 1979 - west coast transmission building

Texaco, 15th & Cambie (1978)

vancouver 1978 - texaco 15th and cambie

Blue Horizon Hotel (1978)

vancouver 1978 - blue horizon hotel

A row of Vancouver Specials (1978)

vancouver 1978 - row of vancouver specials

 

Do you have any cool vintage photos of Vancouver? Email them to tips [at] vancitybuzz.com!

 

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