There are some points worth noting about these images:
- The Salvation Army banner (showing their motto, Blood and Fire) is displayed prominently at the front of the sanctuary, over the baptistry;
- There is a man seated on the left of the platform, in the second image, who appears to be wearing a native cloak. The gent wearing the cloak looks to me as though he may have been a native Indian;
- There is a large dish on the far left of the second image, in the balcony. This apparently was part of a (temporary/makeshift?) public address system.
- All images show a full sanctuary.
I have tried to determine what was the occasion for this Salvation Army service held in First Baptist; so far, without much luck. The contact person at the Salvation Army’s B.C. Division Headquarters in Burnaby speculated that this was “a Congress event where Salvation Army personnel from a geographic area would all gather together for rallying and holiness meetings.”
My theory is that these images were made in 1947 and that the occasion was the Diamond Jubilee of the work of the Salvation Army in B.C. But, for now, this is just a theory.
It should be noted that these three photos were made in First Baptist Church. However, there is another image, in the middle of the series, which was not made at FBC. This other image looks like it was made in a local theatre. (Apparently, the non-FBC service was held in the Strand (formerly Allen) Theatre on Georgia at Seymour. Thanks for this insight are due to JMV and Tom Carter; see JMV’s comment below).