Did you come from a family that once lived in here?
Do you or does anyone you know have pictures of the old East End, particularly of its old houses and lost streetscapes?
Are you interested in preserving the history and heritage of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood and the people who lived here?
Would you be interested in sharing a scan of these for the East End Neighbourhood History Mapping Project and Web Site?
Over the past ten years I have researched the history of over 750 houses in Vancouver and the stories of the people who lived in them. To date, just under half of these houses have been in the old East End. I have actually plotted them all out on an old fire insurance map and there are a fair number of lots that I have coloured in yellow to show the ones I researched so far that are now forming larger blocks of colour.
Another goal of the project is to fill in the gaps of data concerning certain historic communities living in the East End, in particular the Japanese and Chinese, and to a lesser extent Russians and Italians. If you look at the old city directories from the early 1900s right up to the 1950s very often you will find that people of Chinese or Japanese heritage were listed just as that, "Japanese" or "Chinese" or worse, "Orientals". Italians and Russians were often listed the same way, or listed as "Foreigners". Entire generations of East End residents have been wiped from the history books in this way.
I hope that by reaching out to the various historic communities that made up the East End in the past that not only important family photos can be saved and used but that important information about past residents who were not properly listed will be forthcoming.
Thanks to Lucille Mars, Gary McDonald, Emidio de Julius, Graham Elvidge, and Bettina Shuen for the use of these photos.