Latest Classifieds in Department Store Nostalgia

Artropolis ’93


Artropolis was a re-occuring survey of British Columbian art that ran roughly every three years between 1987 and 2003. Styling

Letter of Support 2 the VPD

Vancouver Police Department Headquarters

A cheerful letter from a concerned resident. Many letters from…

City of Vancouver Victory Square Policy Plan, July 19, 2005


This plan for the neighbourhood around Victory Square was put forward by the Development Services branch of the City of Vancouver, and adopted by council on July 19, 2005. In it, there are valuable insights into how City officials regarded the neighbourhood around Victory Square. This plan acknowledges its decline and the need to bring businesses back to the neighbourhood, but it also passes judgement on existing businesses for supporting illegal drug activity. This document is at times thought-provoking and compassionate and other times misguided and ignorant.

Woodward’s Store Limited Sun Deck


Two views of the Woodward’s rooftop. One, from the COV collection, of a patio on top of the department store, another, from the market rate building hot tub, shaped as a “W”. Only residents of the market condo building have access to this rooftop leisure centre.

Images from the Woodward’s Catalogue


Through the beginning of the 20th century, the Woodward’s Department Store grew as a catalogue service, transporting goods across Canada

How Vancouver’s Woodward’s could pave the future of dying department stores, October 28, 2017


This article, posted to CBC News, was an oddly timed fluff piece praising the redevelopment of Woodward’s — oddly timed, because it coincided with Westbank’s Fight For Beauty exhibition, which also argued that the Woodward’s redevelopment had a positive revitalizing effect on the neighbourhood, which W.W.A.S. research demonstrates is not true.

Please After A Decade We’d Like To See Action / Please Give Westbank A Chance At Woodwards (poster)


Grasping at straws, eh? Author of this poster and details of its dissemination unknown.

Prices Protest


Another from the Pacific Tribune Collection. A protest outside of Woodward’s – the department store as a jilted transition point

Woodward’s Hat Collection


Images from Woodward’s hat collection. There’s no explanation as to why these catalogue images are preserved in the COV archive,

Depression-era Protests


From 1924-1936 Vancouver City Hall was located at the Holden Building, corner Hastings and Carrall. This made Woodward’s a frequent

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