Friday, June 18, 2010

Historical Signs with artist Margaret Naylor

In celebration of the South Hill 100th birthday, Grade 5 students from Moberly Elementary worked with artist, Margaret Naylor to create street signs, honoring the original street names in our South Hill community.
Students found out that South Vancouver was developed in the late 1800s and early 1900s as more European and Asian settlers came to this area looking for a place to live. The area was inhabited by First Nations people for centuries before that. The also learned that “until 1910 when the more” modern” method of numbering street was adopted, most of South Vancouver’s street were named after local property owners – especially if these landholders were prominent men.” As well, “Many of South Vancouver’s streets, initially only a block or two long, were named after other, less prominent local residents. The shift to numbered avenues was vigorously protested by some, including Walter Moberly. In August 1910, in an interview with the South Vancouver Star newspaper, he commented on the “absurdity of this prevalent epidemic to change the names of streets”

Lisa Smedman, Vancouver, Stories of a City

Students first created many images that represented the past, inspired by archive photographs.
They were introduced to calligraphy as a form of lettering and developed the name of the street in that inspired manner.

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