Crop of CVA 1184-3444 – [View of Hastings Street] 1945 Jack Lindsay photo. (VAIW Note: In addition to cropping the original image, I have adjusted the exposure to better show the people near the right frame.)
This is a very nice image made by Jack Lindsay, probably on VE or VJ Day.* The photographer was on ground level for this shot, standing in a vacant parking spot in front of the Bank of Toronto
building (later, the TD Bank
, and today, SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
). I suspect that the rubber-necker in the foreground, far right, is responding to the sight of the photographer and is turning to see what is so photographable.
The building adjacent to the bank was one of Vancouver’s oldest commercial structures: the Innes-Thompson building (shown below). It was sacrificed for the development of the Delta Vancouver Suites in 1994.
SGN 14 – [Businesses at 500 block of West Hastings Street] 189-? Charles S Bailey photo. (VAIW note: CVA mistakenly has described this building – in the Scope and Content section – as the Ogle-Thompson building. The O-T block was across the street, on the north side of Hastings).
Canadian National Telegraphs, Mitchell-Foley Stationers and Printers
, and Premier Coffee Shop
, (as well as, according to Vancouver’s Directory although not visible here, a shop called Personality Photo) were store-front tenants of the Innes-Thompson block in 1945.
Interestingly, there was a photographer who was a tenant in one of the upper suites of the Innes-Thompson from the 1950s until the ’90s. His name was Dick Oulton. Some of the remarkable story of his photographs may be found here.
*I reached this conclusion because of what appears to be toilet paper or ticker-tape on the pavement in the foreground and mid-air beneath the Woodward’s sign in the background.