Betwixt and Between

LGN 1240 - [Power lines over intersection of Cambie and Pender Streets] 1914, BCER photo.

LGN 1240 – [Power lines over intersection of Cambie and Pender Streets] 1914, BCER photo.

Looking northwest at corner of Cambie and Pender Streets (looking at Victory Square). 2015. Author's photo.

Looking northwest at corner of Cambie and Pender Streets (looking at Victory Square). 2015. Author’s photo.

This post consists of two 1914 images that appear to have been made on the same day by BCER (and of the mates made last week by the author).

The 1914 images were interesting to me because they were made at one of those retrospectively important historical junctions. Until shortly before this image was made, what would become Victory Square (the cenotaph was unveiled in 1924) had been the first Vancouver courthouse. The courthouse had been demolished by 1914 and the great horrors of the Great War (and the need of a memorial for this first world-wide war) were, to put it mildly, unanticipated.

LGN 1233 - [View of Cambie Street, looking south from near Pender Street] 1914. BCER photo.

LGN 1233 – [View of Cambie Street, looking south from near Pender Street] 1914. BCER photo.

Looking south on Cambie towards Pender (roughly at the corner where the previous 1914 image was made). 2015. Author's photo.

Looking south on Cambie towards Pender (roughly at the corner where the previous 1914 image was made). 2015. Author’s photo.

In this second 1914 photo, the photographer seems to have moved to a place part way down Cambie, between Pender (where the earlier image had been made) and Hastings. We are looking towards what was the Vancouver Hospital (on the corner where the parking garage is today). The building on the left of both images was built in 1911 for early Vancouver grocers, the Edgett Bros., and today houses (among others) the Architectural Institute of B.C.

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