The New Look Vancouver Police Department on Flickr.
Stylish new cruisers for the VPD, along with their new mission statement: ‘To Protect & Serve Man’ were out in full force this weekend.
*Actually, prop cars. I think for the new JJ Abrams pilot ‘Human’, currently shooting in town.
The Annex on Flickr.
Lord Roberts Annex, that is. My wife’s elementary school and, barring an unlikely move in the next 4 years, most likely my son’s as well.
I wonder, though, if it will be still protected by a simple chain link fence when he starts in grade one though, given the events of the day and society’s propensity for overreaction.
Gone on Flickr.
Pictured is the former location of the Eastman Kodak warehouse on West 2nd in Vancouver, now razed to the ground like so much of the Great Yellow Father’s infrastructure.
This history was related to me 20 or so years ago so, I may have some of the details wrong. Please let me know if I do!
As I was told, Eastman Kodak had it’s west coast warehouse here, apparently from the at least the 1930’s on but, as a result of anti-trust action in the early 70’s (Kodak used to be all-encompassing), they were forced to sell off their distribution arm in Canada.
So, Eastman Kodak became Trek Photographic which eventually got bought out by Hall Photographic to become Treck Hall in the late 80’s. Treck Hall moved to Richmond in the mid-90’s and eventually merged with Mondrian to become Mondrian Hall which has now been subsumed by paper giant Unisource.
The relevance of this warehouse to your narrator is much more important than corporate mergers and the decline of an industrial icon though for, it is within the walls of the building that stood on this spot until a few weeks ago that he was fortunate enough to meet his lovely wife way almost exactly 20 years ago when he took a job in the shipping department.
Treck Hall at the time was the primary wholesaler of Kodak and Polaroid products. The volumes we shipped out of this warehouse were simply spectacular by today’s standards:
• A full 18 wheel truck trailer per week of Polaroid film, mostly to hospitals and Universities.
• Two 18 wheeler’s per week of Kodak paper, chemistry and film. The walk-in freezer for pro emulsions would put most butcher shops and slaughter houses to shame. We would run through about a full pallette per week of just Kodak Gold negative films!
• Enough Kreonite Processors that we would actually have the 20” machines in stock, ready to ship at a moment’s notice.
• Some of the earliest digital backs available commercially. A phase one scanning back for 4x5 that would produce a stunning 100mb+ image in only 10 minutes! This was before Power PC and Pentium computer chips even shipped and, a really big hard drive was 200mb! Just enough room to store one full resolution image per hard drive. And, all for the low, low price of some $25,000! We actually sold a couple too.
Of course, one of my favourite parts was the demonstration darkroom that I could use on Weekends and Evenings, fitted with 3 5x7 Durst Laborator enlargers on train tracks along with the whole phalanx of condensers to print every format from disc(!) to 5x7. While I never actually made any, it was equipped to make prints 5 feet wide!
The buildings across West 2nd remain for the moment but, aside from that, there is almost no clue remaining of the bustling light industry that occupied this part of town for over 100 years but, I think fondly of the place first thing every morning when I lay eyes on my beautiful wife.
Luddite Wars on Flickr.
Owing to the unfortunate rush hour incident at the corner of Georgia and Burrard involving the mules I hired to pull my darkroom, I must in this instance concede the match to Bill (nsfw) with his 6x9 Speed Graphic.
Touché Bill. I’ll be along to reclaim my title soon.
“Take a little off the sides” on Flickr.
Well, it had to happen eventually. For reasons we don’t quite remember, it had been decided that Trajan wouldn’t get a haircut until it was time for his second birthday.
That meant that the last 2 or 3 months, he’s looked like some sort of filthy hippie with crazy hair everywhere. Thank heavens he’s good at wearing his hat when he’s out.
It was well past time for a change though so, on Thursday last week, I packed him up and took him to see my man Peter at Crown Hair Designs on Denman Street and told him to do what was needed.
Shockingly, Trajan sat nicely for the whole haircut and, as you’ll notice when I get some new pictures posted, looks very much the handsome man he really is once again.