25 vintage photos of public transit in Vancouver

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Take a scroll down memory lane to a time when catching the streetcar in Vancouver meant holding on for dear life, and a jaunt on public transport involved dressing to the nines.

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July 1, 1890, Cordova Street. A trolley is among the traffic on the street (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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An open streetcar passing the southwest corner of Dunsmuir Street and Granville Street, 1896 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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People hanging on to back of streetcar at Hastings and Carrall Streets circa 1896 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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The Little Ferry: “North Vancouver” Vancouver B.C., between 1900-6 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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Hastings at Cambie showing streetcar, Woodward’s cart, and corner of the Court House garden, circa 1905 (Photo by Philip T. Timms via Vancouver Archives)

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A streetcar decorated for its first run, September 1906 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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Motorman using time clock to report to Control Office from the end of a remote streetcar line, 1910s (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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Jack Blair, motorman for Central Park Line standing at entrance to streetcar, early 1910s. (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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Passengers boarding North Vancouver ferry at Vancouver dock, circa 1915 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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West Vancouver ferry crossing Burrard Inlet, circa 1920 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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Interior of S.F. Motor car, B.C. Electric in 1926 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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View looking north along Commercial Drive at 2nd Avenue from an apartment on the southwest corner. Photograph shows the east side of the 1700 Block of Commercial Drive including the Grandview Theatre and other buildings and a No. 4 streetcar. 1927 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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Ladner Ferry, 1931 (Photo by Stuart Thomson via Vancouver Archives)

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A streetcar in the shop for repairs after an accident at 41st Avenue and Granville Street, 1935 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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A trial run of a demonstration trolley bus (number 935) on loan from Seattle, 1940 (Photo by George Young of the Vancouver Sun via Vancouver Archives)

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The interior of a trolley bus number 943 on loan from Seattle and being used as demonstration, c. 1940 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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A Dunbar streetcar in the 1940s (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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Grandview Highway bus outside the Bus Stop Coffee Shop, 1940s (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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Reading the News Herald in a streetcar, 1943 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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Photograph shows the No. 3 Davie route streetcar. 1944. (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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B.C. Electric bus interior, 1946 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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Looking north on Granville Street from Smithe Street. Photograph shows the Plaza and Paradise Theatres, the upper floors of the second and third Hotel Vancouver, and the No. 12 Kitsilano streetcar. August 24, 1946 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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B.C.E.R. Brill Trolley Bus 2050, 1948 (Photograph by Walter E. Frost via Vancouver Archives)

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Boat leaving a dock in Vancouver as the North Vancouver ferry is pulling in, 1948 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

Featured image: BC Electric streetcar #430, on route #11, with passengers boarding. The vehicle was referred to as a bus by the photographer. June 1946 (Photo via Vancouver Archives)

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