Five Favourite Photos - 1971

Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City is now on view at the Museum of Vancouver.

The exhibition displays over 400 photos from The Vancouver Sun collection. To get a closer look and to celebrate some of these stunning photographs, each Friday we'll be selecting our Five Favourite Photos from each year of the seventies. 


1) A quintessential fashion shot of beautiful diverse women in the seventies!

June 16, 1971: Miss B.C. Centennial contestants (L-R) Sandra Spates, Terri Unger, Wanda Hayward, and Lesley Punter on Granville Street. Photo by Ken Oakes (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 71-2019)

2) Brilliant contrast between the couple walking into the theatre and the one behind them. Lending to an interpretation that subtly suggests a passage of an older generation to a new, daring and edgier generation.

August 30, 1971: People arrive at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a performance of the rock musical Hair. Photo by Glenn Baglo (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 71-2993)

3) Capturing the spirit of the decade - natural, free and exposed.

July 19, 1971: The photo of a hippie family at Wreck Beach—Tom X, Ellen Hill, and daughter Isabel Johnson—won photographer Glenn Baglo his second National Newspaper Award. Photo by Glenn Baglo (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 71-2448)

4) Artistic and humorous at the same time. There is also a surreal, otherworldy quality but when you notice the Vancouver skyline the photo becomes grounded and familiar.

October 13, 1971: Students Denise Quakenbush and Mimi Maier on their way to Henry Hudson elementary school in Kitsilano. Photo by  Ken Oakes (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 71-3494)

5) The young man stands confidentally with the sign advocating for gay rights which is striking when you think how this is still a controversial issue today, provoking the viewer to question just how much progress has been made in terms of equal civil and human rights in North America.

January 31, 1971: Member of the Gay Liberation Front of Vancouver in demonstration outside 795 Seymour Street. Photo by  Glenn Baglo (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 71-0361)

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