Picking Pictures

Written by on 25th November 2012 in Blog POSTS, Design & History with 3 Comments

My two worlds collided recently when one of my clients inquired about historical photos and whether we could find some for her place. (you may or may not know that I am both a professional historical researcher AND interior decorator extraordinaire)

I said “Uhhh YEAH!”   So, I have been spending a little more time in the 19th C than usual lately trying to find just the right shots…more on that in the new year when the client’s installation happens. In the meantime I’m considering several great shots of the legislature and the Empress and some street shots too, I can’t reproduce them here on the blog due to copyright restrictions… but If you want some too…and let’s face it I’m sure you do! You can start here, or contact me. Of course I’ll help you…I’m nice like that:)


In the spirit of the holidays I loved this one of Spencer’s Department Store ca 1929 on Government St. It closed in the 1980′s. Photo Courtesy of VPL special collections Accession 17174 Date 1929; Photographer: Unknown.



I also loved this old shot from ca 1922 of the Hudson’s Bay Building on Douglas St. Which is now home to the stylish Hudson Lofts. Photo courtesy of VPL Special Collections Accession 11257 Date 1922; Photographer Frank Leonard.

Now, of course Victoria has a LONG history and is one of the oldest cities in Canada, but truth is the pics of Vic in the 1860′s just aren’t that pretty and I’m looking for candid and lively photos of the city…so if any of my history nerd friends are reading this and scrunched up their noses at the thought of 1929 being “historical”  I’ve explained myself. :)

Have a Great Week!

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  1. What a great way to have your worlds collide! I totally love the first photo – it caught my heart strings right away! This, from the sound of it, is going to be an awesome installation!

  2. I love old photos too. Something about a more simple life and time, although I could not be happy without technology. Have a great week, Nicole.

  3. What beautiful photographs! I would be ecstatic to cover my walls with historic photographs like those! Thank you for inspiring, I hope you had a relaxing weekend :)
    D xo

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