Past Tense is a blog for bits of history from Vancouver, British Columbia. It was originally housed at http://pasttensevancouver.blogspot.com/.
I don’t always cite my sources, so if you want to know where I got a particular piece of information, just drop me an email and I’ll be happy to share. Most of what you’ll find here comes from primary sources, usually old newspaper articles, but also the City of Vancouver Archives, other repositories, and occasionally things I found online. Once in a while I’ll use secondary sources, such as theses, journal articles, and books. I’m most interested by things that haven’t been covered in published Vancouver histories, are new to me, or otherwise obscure but somehow intriguing.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive chronicle of the city, try Chuck Davis’s History of Metropolitan Vancouver.
Unless otherwise specified, all non-historical photos were taken by me.
Please email me with comments, suggestions, criticisms, or complaints, or if you have interesting stories, photos, etc. from Vancouver’s past you’d like to share.
laniwurm [at] gmail [dot] com
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