Photographs are a unique glimpse into the pioneer era.

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Around 1906 an unknown photographer took a shot of pioneer Vancouver’s legendary lifeguard Joe Fortes with some children at English Bay beach.

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It’s a real slice of the early city. Fortes is wearing a giant one-piece wool bathing suit, and looming behind him is the old English Bay Pier. Behind the pier are several substantial houses, on the water side of Beach Avenue.

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The photo was made into a postcard titled “‘Joe,’ English Bay, Vancouver, B.C.,” and was reissued several times. But the identity of the kids was unknown, until Brock Lumsden opened a family photo album put together by his late great-aunt Flora Richardson Strang.

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