The Dales House at 414 Alexander Street circa 1890 CVA Photo SGN 490

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Homeless in the City Dump during the Great Depression - CVA Photo Re N8.2 P6
On Wednesday, October 27th at 7pm I will be presenting a 200+ slide presentation on the fascinating history and multicultural heritage of my neighbourhood, Vancouver's first neighbourhood, the Old East End.  

Tosca Trasolini and Flying 7 in 1936, CVA Photo 371-478
The presentation will take place in the Seniors' Lounge on the first floor of the Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer (near Princess Avenue).
CVA 447-297 N.E. corner of Gore Ave & Pender St  - Feb. 17, 1929
This will be a fundraiser for the Strathcona Community Centre Food Security Programme... It is actually a fundraiser for a fundraiser as I am trying to raise funds for an espresso machine that the Strathcona Community Centre (SCC) is planning to buy that will both help them raise money for the Food Security Programme and at the same time help train East End neighbourhood kids to become barristas.

CVA 287-20 Strathcona Elementary School Soccer Team ca 1928
The Strathcona Community Centre Food Security Programme provides over 100,000 meals and snacks a year to East End children and elders in need.

Admission:Sliding Scale $5-10.

"Donations" of $25 and above will receive a tax receipt. All monies raised will go to the Strathcona Community Centre Food Security Programme Espresso Machine Fund. All coffee sold through this initiative at the SCC and community events will support the Food Security Programme.

Sonny Wappler in front of 810 Union - courtesy Lucille Mars
Though most of the archival images in this show are from the City of Vancouver Archives and the Vancouver Public Library Special Collections, many of the images in the show are from private collections from former and current East End residents. This is a great way to learn about Vancouver's old East End and is a doubly good way to support youth in need in this neighbourhood.

People who cannot make it to the presentation but still wish to donate to the programme can send cheques made out to:

Strathcona Community Centre (earmarked for the Food Security Programme) 
c/o Ron Suzuki
Strathcona Community Centre
601 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 3V8.

Thanks for your generous support.

CVA Photo Sch N11 Strathcona School circa 1923


  1. Incredible! I was so happy to come across your blog and see pictures from once upon a time. I have been looking for any pictures or moving images from the past for mt. Pleasant neighbourhood. Born & raised in Vancouver, I can't help but be curious. I grew up in Mt Pleasant Neighbourhood before Expo it still stood and was over 100 years old 509 East 6th Ave was the address. I guess some things you never forget. it's funny but I have every part of that house locked in my memory. I would love to find pictures when it was first built or building plans but I think I'm out of luck because of the Vancouver fire. I will keep looking because you never know what one may find in an old attic & post online one day. Thanks for this. My mom ws born & raised in 1934 Vancouver so these pic you have will send her back in time. great blog & pssion - keep it going. By for now - Fay

  2. Hello Fay,

    Thanks for your kind words. I do walking tours of Mt. Pleasant, as well as the West and East End. Hope you have old photos of your and your mom'sold house. They are valuable history.