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Vancouver snow shovel

Significance 

When it snows in Vancouver, the ill-prepared residents have been known to cobble together so-called “Vancouver snow shovels” to shift the snowfall. As it seldom snows, and then usually lightly, the makeshift shovels are used to push the snow off the sidewalk, rather than to lift and pile it. This shovel was made of a piece of plywood fit into what was possibly an old broom handle. One side of the plywood was once painted yellow.

Date Range 
c. 1950 - 2000
Place of Use 
Used to clear snow at 640 East Georgia Street
Dimensions 
158 cm long, 51 cm wide, 5.5 cm deep
Museum Location 
1950s Gallery
Catalog Number 
H2004.1.1
Donor 
Lincoln Clarkes and Murray Bush