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How We Have Changed

Vancouver Historical Society

Vancouver Historical Society

The earliest known surviving film footage of Vancouver, shot in 1907 by a hand-cranked camera mounted to a streetcar, mysteriously surfaces in Australia, and is given to the Vancouver Historical Society.

Those were the days when horse and buggies dominated the street, when a car was a rare sight, when Vancouver still had streetcars.

Thanks to a $7,500 Vancouver Foundation grant, the Vancouver Historical Society was able to recreate this route 100 years later. Their film, City Reflections, juxtaposes the two streetscapes and provides a fascinating glimpse of how much we’ve changed.

(Originally aired: 2008)

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