The Workingman’s Store

CVA 99-1269 - [Police leading procession on 700 block Main Street]. ca1918. Stuart Thomson photo.

CVA 99-1269 – [Police leading procession on 700 block Main Street]. ca1918. Stuart Thomson photo.

This is an image from the City of Vancouver Archives which I hadn’t noticed before. It is most interesting.

First, it is worth getting oriented. We are looking north on Main Street and Stuart Thomson, the photographer, is standing with Union Street to his right.

The building on the far right of the image is still standing. It is the building in which the Jimi Hendrix shrine is housed today. In 1918, the structure had a confectioner’s shop (which, according to the name on the awning, seems to have been The Workingman’s Store) and a realtor (H. MacKinnon & Co.) on the ground floor. In the adjacent building was Dominion Oyster and Chop House, and next door to that was a pool hall.

Next door to the pool hall is one of the delightful surprises in this image. It is the Imperial Theatre, still in its full glory and prior to its closure within the next couple years and the hard days that followed (for more, see this earlier post). It is a pity that the City of Vancouver Archives hasn’t indexed the Imperial Theatre as being visible in this image.

At the end of the block (the second building from the left of the image – the one with the ad for Cascade Beer partially visible on it – is the London Hotel. Still standing today, it was recently renovated and now is the London Pub.

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