Whales Trumped Product Ads

The whales mural on the south-facing wall of Continental Hotel at the north end of Granville St. Bridge. Demolition, Jan 2015. Author's photo.

The whales mural on the south-facing wall of Continental Hotel at the north end of Granville St. Bridge. Demolition, Jan 2015. Author’s photo.

The Whaling Wall on the former Continental Hotel is bowing to the wrecking ball this week. However, according to this link, there are plans to install a new whale mural somewhere in East  Vancouver.

The Orca mural, in my opinion, trumps earlier product ads that graced the same space on the Continental – such as those for Palm Dairies and Nabob. The two black & white images were made during construction of the current Granville Bridge in 1953-54.

Detail of CVA 228-241 - Deck pour at junction of Howe, Granville north and Seymour. 1953. Lew Parry Film Prod'ns.

Detail of CVA 228-241 – Deck pour at junction of Howe, Granville north and Seymour. 1953. Lew Parry Film Prod’ns.

Detail of CVA 228-366 - Work on Granville north.  1954. Lew Parry film prodns.

Detail of CVA 228-366 – Work on Granville north. 1954. Lew Parry film prodns.

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