‘Geeks’ of the ’40s

CVA 1184-2331 - [Vancouver Chess Club tournament] 1948? Jack Lindsay photo.

CVA 1184-2331 – [Vancouver Chess Club tournament] 1948? Jack Lindsay photo.

These gents (I don’t see any women, do you?) were evidently having a mid-tourney smoke break at the time Jack Lindsay captured this moment. I imagine that the location was at the club headquarters of the Vancouver Chess Club at the former Scottish baronial-style building that was the flagship of the Bank of Montreal (but by this time, had become the Imperial Bank). The club HQ was at 675 Dunsmuir*, which would put it just up the street from Granville (and from the bank, proper), but likely still within the bank building. Today, this is neither a bank property nor a chess club; it is a Shopper’s Drug Mart.

CVA 447-333 - Imperial Bank [of Canada - 586 Granville St.] - Formerly flagship of Bank of Montreal - 1955. W. E. Frost photo.

CVA 447-333 – Imperial Bank [of Canada – 586 Granville St.] – Formerly flagship of Bank of Montreal – 1955. W. E. Frost photo. Note: From 1957, the baronial building would come down to make way for the current structure on this corner (a modernist CIBC structure, now a Shopper’s Drug Mart).

Notes

*Before the Royal Bank’s temple tower replaced the Hadden Building at the corner of Granville & Hastings, the Chess Club was located there (Suite 9, 633 West Hastings) for several years.

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