Early Church Memories

CVA 99-5233 - [Unidentified Church Congregation], 192- , Stuart Thomson photo.

CVA 99-5233 – [Unidentified Church Congregation], 192- , Stuart Thomson photo.

This image reminds me of growing up in church, as I did in an Alberta town in the 1960s-70s. Our church was much smaller than the one pictured above (which was, in turn, probably considered ‘small’ for its time in Vancouver). But even in my day, most of the ladies wore hats to church (at least in our quite conservative town) and the gents wore two-piece suits or sport coats with neckties. (To wear denim jeans in our church in the 1970s would have been considered by most to have been ‘on the fringe’ of what was considered proper Sunday attire).

The crowd above look as though they are ‘my’ people. This was definitely not a ‘high’ church. These people seem, to my eye at least, to have been hard-working folks who were ‘comfortable’, but not by any stretch ‘well off’. This was the middle class of the 1920s, I suspect, dressed in their Sunday best. The church building, likewise, appears to have been an unpretentious single-storey affair; the congregation may even have shared this space with another organization during the week.

My favourite aspect of the image, however, is the detail shown below of the youngster in the crowd who was curious to know what Stuart Thomson, the photographer on that day, was up to at the back of the church. (She was bored with counting the ladies’ hats, evidently!) I also find it interesting that others (adults!) were also sneaking peaks over their shoulders. It makes me think that Mr. Thomson’s camera must have been making some ‘un-holy’ noise – gasp! – as pre-digital cameras would!

Memories!

Detail/crop of CVA 99-5233 - [Unidentified Church Congregation], 192- , Stuart Thomson photo.

Detail/crop of CVA 99-5233 – [Unidentified Church Congregation], 192- , Stuart Thomson photo.

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