Vancouver on an Autumn Day, 1972

Background / Vancouver is a portrait of Vancouver, British Columbia captured on a autumn day in 1972 by four artist/friends Taki Bluesinger, Michael de Courcy, Gerry Gilbert and Glenn Lewis.

Below are just a few photos from this iniative. The full project can be viewed here. All photos are credited to The Background / Vancouver Project, 1972.

Anchor Hotel

Hotel Europe

Burrard Street Bridge

Naam Cafe

North from Victory Square

Pacific Train Station

Lougheed Drive-Inn

Looking south on Granville at Robson St.

Under the Granville Street Bridge

The West End

The West End

The West End

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13 Responses to Vancouver on an Autumn Day, 1972

  1. TamAirah

    I absolutely LOVE seeing photos like these!

    • Inside Vancouver

      Yeah we do too. Love seeing examples of Vancouver’s hippy roots.

      • Lorne

        Which one is Harold Head?

  2. Colleen gawd…what great pictures! Especially love the one of the Canadian Pacific Railway building…took it across Canada for Expo 1967 (age 16) yeah…do the math…your right Janice…seems not so long ago! I would be dissing the old folks for their pictures of bygone days…ah…passages

  3. Great photos! This made my morning.

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  5. vancouver home

    I wanna go home

  6. larry binns

    I hold the distinction of being the first doorman at the Anchor in 1971. The place was packed with ” heads ” every night and because I was a tall guy Gus asked me if I wanted to make some money as a doorman. Being just off the road hitch hikeing and camping for 2 months of course I said yes.
    The secret to my success was I would look down the long line up outside and any time I saw bikers I would yell at them that those people can’t hold your table any longer so you better get in here now. I never bought a joint or a beer for a year. Jesus what a bar !!

  7. In the photo on top is l2r Michael Simp, Michael Deakin(me) in front of Peter “Tall Timber” Maculloch, Davy Longworth, Dan Clemens

    • Sheila Sayer

      I just realized how much my husband, Ron Sayer, looked like Dan Clemens. Ron crossed over in December 2011

  8. i recognize Taki Bluesinger but no Glenn or Gerry Gilbert

  9. Remember the River Queen, Retinal Circus and The Big Mama. Fourth Avenue was a street scene and the VAG got covered with video tape compliments of E.Roth. Be In’s in Stanley Park and visiting the Mud Flats to see Tom and Eda Burrows. Great times were these !

  10. larry binns

    The Cosmic softball league. The Patterson Street team featuring Ronnie Tomato. The Buster Hy Men Nine from West Fourth.
    The boys from Franklin Street near the PNE