There were also two professional photographers who called the north side of the 300 block of West Hastings ‘home’: Howard King (303) and the Wadds Bros (337). King and George Wadds (along with his brother, David, for a relatively brief period) were principally portrait photographers, and so studio space was essential for them.
Another business on the block, Thomson Stationery was important for the likes of Timms (and other street and landscape photographers) who relied on sales in stationery shops of printed postcards of his photos. Shops such as Thomson’s sold, in addition to stationery, frames, photographic prints, postcards, and books.
I’m showing a couple of portraits by Howard King and the Wadds Bros. below. Philip Timms concentrated his photographic talents on producing street scenes, thereby combining the skills of a landscape photographer (like those of the remarkably able professional photo pioneer, S. J. Thompson, for whom Timms worked before going on his own) with those of a portrait photographer.