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Vancouver 1911-1953: The Moore Panorama Digitisation Project

The City of Vancouver has just completed digitising a collection of 399 panoramic cityscapes from the early to mid 1900s by photographer W.J. Moore. Moore worked as a commercial photographer from 1911 to 1953. He specialized in panoramic photography of Vancouver, and covered a wide variety of subjects including street scenes, events, buildings, construction, recreational activities, harbours and docks.

Most of Moore's work were taken with a No. 8 Cirkut Outfit camera, which produced negatives 8 inches high and up to 8 feet long. It’s a demanding format, but Moore had the skill and experience necessary to produce excellent photographs.

To view this online photo archive project which has been uploaded to the Vancouver Archives website, click here.


Photo:  Stock parade at the Vancouver Exhibition at Hastings Park, 1915. Item # PAN N80. The Vancouver Exhibition was later renamed the Pacific National Exhibition. Click through the image above to see what it looked like before mini-donuts, the roller coaster, and the Prize Home.


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