A Lens on Vancouver’s Past: Walter Frost’s Holland-America Line

Event Details

Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden, Vancouver

An exhibition of photographs celebrating 100 years of Holland-America Line ships in Vancouver Harbour by East Van’s Walter Edwin Frost (1898-1988) plus interesting facts & figures about Holland America Line, the vessels and each photo.

The photographs have been selected by Floris van Weeldered. During a family history project to learn more about his father’s time aboard Holland-America vessels, van Weelderen came across a treasure trove of photographs in the City of Vancouver Archives. More than 13,000 images taken by amateur photographer Walter Edwin Frost capture much of the industrial activity of early 20th century Vancouver.

Of the thousands of images in the Walter Frost Collection, 82 feature Holland-America Line vessels over a period of 55 years. The ten images selected for this exhibition represent changes in naval architecture and design of this shipping line.

The micro-exhibition will also include a model of the Diemerdyk, one of the vessels photographed by Frost and HAL ephemera from the VMM collection.

Walter Frost was born in Vancouver in 1898 and lived in the city his whole life. After WWI he purchased a Kodak roll film camera and began documenting his home-town.

Show runs to February 21, 2021. Please check for times.



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