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Yesteryear Vancouver Christmas Photos

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We dived headfirst into the City of Vancouver Archives to find these evocative images of past Christmases in and around the city.

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Believed to be from 1905, this photo shows Vancouver's Salvation Army band serenading festive-season locals from the back of a horse-drawn carriage. PHOTO CREDIT: Hannah Knudson, City of Vancouver Archives, reference code AM1376-F14-: CVA 312-34.

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A festive tipple or two in 1915, complete with a nicely decorated Christmas tree. PHOTO CREDIT: City of Vancouver Archives, reference code AM1376-: CVA 103-30.

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A sumptuous 1935 Christmas at 5575 Angus Avenue in Vancouver. PHOTO CREDIT: William Orson Banfield, City of Vancouver Archives, reference code AM427-S4-F5-: CVA 289-005.334.

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It wasn't just Woodward's that had charming Christmas window displays back in the day. This photo depicts one of the festive windows at the Hudson's Bay Company store in 1946. PHOTO CREDIT: Donn B.A. Williams, Don Coltman, Howard King, Warner Williams, City of Vancouver Archives, reference code AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-10021.

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Inspired by the jolly Christmas windows, you might have stepped inside the store to buy a few decorations for your home. This is the Hudson's Bay Christmas aisle in 1950. PHOTO CREDIT: Donn B.A. Williams, Don Coltman, Howard King, Warner Williams, City of Vancouver Archives, reference code AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-8923.

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A Round Table Christmas luncheon from 1956, although it looks as though the speeches have been going on a little too long for some guests! PHOTO CREDIT: Sherwood Lett and Evelyn Story Lett, City of Vancouver Archives, reference code AM361-S9-: CVA 78-130.

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A Vancouver firefighter doubles as Santa Claus to visit children in hospital during the 1962 Christmas season. PHOTO CREDIT: Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, City of Vancouver Archives, reference code COV-S280-: CVA 354-256.

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It's the same year and it may even be the same Santa, as this local firefighter braves a precarious perch to spread some Yuletide cheer around the snowy streets of the city. PHOTO CREDIT: Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, City of Vancouver Archives, reference code COV-S280-: CVA 354-257.