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Peter Findlay
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This is identified as the first "hire car" in Vancouver - a White steamer.  The passengers include the Archbishop and Father LeChesne - maybe a Sunday afternoon drive?  (Vancouver Archives photo)

White Steamer (Hayward) Trans P15.2

 

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Topic starter Posted : October 7, 2021 1:52 am
Peter Findlay
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FORD GUYS ...  This image from the Vancouver archives is labelled as a 6 cylinder Ford.  But it doesn't look like a Model K - is there another 6 cyl Ford it could be?

Ford 6 cyl

 Peter

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Topic starter Posted : October 11, 2021 3:45 am
Peter Findlay
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This 1909 picture shows a group of delegates to the Imperial Press Conference Luncheon.  They are from Australia and New Zealand. 

The man on the tree farthest right is Vancouver Mayor Louis D. Taylor, but what is the car?  It has a distinctive windshield, radiator and cap - can anyone identify it for me?

Likely these people were passengers on one of the sightseeing "Tally-Ho" buses that ran through the park regularly.  But there is one other car in the background and it may be an Oldsmobile.

Australian NZ Delegates CVA 1477 506

 

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Topic starter Posted : October 17, 2021 4:11 am
Peter Findlay
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Here's another unidentified car and group at the Hollow Tree.  I'm hoping someone will recognize it by its cowl/lamps/windshield setup.  The car looks almost new and the driver is probably a chauffeur taking the group for a ride around the park.

Note the bicycle up against the tree.  Nowadays the park is very popular with cyclists, both around the roadway and along the seawall.  but back then it would have been a rugged ride, with dirt roads and a pretty good hill midway around.

AM1052 P 565 Group

 

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Topic starter Posted : October 25, 2021 5:07 am
Douglas Tomb
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Peter,  Perhaps the photographer is the owner of the bicycle.  He would ride to "work", and capture visitors in cars as they came by the tree?  From the picture, it looks as if the man in the front seat is shaking hands with the man in the back.  Some sort of posed picture?  Thanks, Doug.

 

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Posted : October 25, 2021 11:52 am
Peter Findlay
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Posted by: @douglas-tombverizon-net

Peter,  Perhaps the photographer is the owner of the bicycle.  He would ride to "work", and capture visitors in cars as they came by the tree?  From the picture, it looks as if the man in the front seat is shaking hands with the man in the back.  Some sort of posed picture?  Thanks, Doug.

 

That's a good thought.   It's possible, but I think he'd be travelling pretty light for a photographer.  It does look to be a posed picture.

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Topic starter Posted : October 26, 2021 3:53 am
Peter Findlay
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Here is a circa 1909 Daimler stopped for a photo in front of the tree.  Note the tire chains on the rear wheels - a trip around the park was always a simple thing.

Daimler Trans P147

 

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Topic starter Posted : November 6, 2021 4:13 am
Keene Brewer
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Very Cool Peter.  They sure loaded up those cars in the day!

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Posted : November 13, 2021 4:18 am
Peter Findlay
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This is the first of a few Oldsmobile photos, circa 1910.  This is maybe a 1909 Model D?  It's a good full shot of the car, which has a bit of a crumbled rear fender.  There's no information on any of the 5 women or 2 men in the car but we see some good examples of ladies hats of the era.

Oldsmobile CVA 677 42

 

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Topic starter Posted : November 14, 2021 3:46 am
Peter Findlay
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Here's another, very similar Oldsmobile.  This one has square door handles and is missing the left cowl light. Otherwise it could be the same car.  The passenger in the front seat is H. T. Lockyer, manager of the Hudson's Bay Company store in Vancouver.  He was well-connected in Canadian political circles and would go on to become B.C. Manager for the company.

Oldsmobile Lockyer Port P1203.1

 

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Topic starter Posted : November 22, 2021 5:39 am
Keene Brewer
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Think you are correct Peter.  Looks like a 1910 Oldsmobile Palace D.  The front door is very distinct.

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Posted : November 22, 2021 4:01 pm
Peter Findlay
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Here is Oldsmobile #3. Very similar to the above two, but this one has a very nice crest on the rear door.  It has three letters H J & L but it's hard to say in which order they should be read.

Oldsmobile CVA 677 275

 

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Topic starter Posted : November 28, 2021 1:05 am
Keene Brewer
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The more I look at these pictures it makes me wonder?  Perhaps in the day there was a company that gave tourists a ride out to the Hollow tree to have their picture taken as a souvenir, much the way you might take a harbor cruise or plane ride today to view a historic area or sight? 

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Posted : November 28, 2021 7:07 am
Peter Findlay
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Perhaps in the day there was a company that gave tourists a ride out to the Hollow tree to have their picture taken as a souvenir,

No doubt that is what was happening with many of these photos.  The pictures are probably taken by a professional and the cars were often sporting chains on their rear wheels to help get along the muddy roadway. It wasn't just some local out for a drive who stopped to take a selfie.

But typically these would be solo run operations rather than "a company."  There were "Tally-Ho" sightseeing buses that ran through the park at this time but the cars we're seeing here may well have been individually operated.

One of Vancouver's first "for hire" drivers was Harry Hooper, who ran a variety of cars through this period.  I have some pictures of them coming up.  Also a Tally-Ho bus. 

Peter

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Topic starter Posted : November 28, 2021 5:59 pm
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