Salvation Army Service at First Baptist Church

CVA 1184-2673 - [Man addressing the congregation at a Salvation Army service] 1940-48 Jack Lindsay (sic Location- FBC Vanc)

CVA 1184-2673 – [Man addressing the congregation at a Salvation Army service] 1940-48 Jack Lindsay photo. (VAIW note: The service is being held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Vancouver).

The image above and the two below were taken by photographer, Jack Lindsay, of a Salvation Army service held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Vancouver. According to City of Vancouver archivists, these were made sometime in the period between 1940 and 1948.

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).

CVA 1184-2672 - [Choir singing at a Salvation Army Service] 1940-48 Jack Lindsay photo (Sic - FBC Van location)

CVA 1184-2672 – [Choir singing at a Salvation Army Service] 1940-48 Jack Lindsay photo.

CVA 1184-2675 - [Congregation and band at a Salvation Army service] 1940-48 Jack Lindsay photo

CVA 1184-2675 – [Congregation and band at a Salvation Army service] 1940-48 Jack Lindsay photo.

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4 Responses to Salvation Army Service at First Baptist Church

  1. jmv says:

    My associate Tom Carter writes regarding the middle image not at First Baptist Church:

    The theatre photo is inside the Strand Theatre on West Georgia. I instantly recognize the beautiful seatbacks, which are unique to the Strand, as well as the metal ends which have the A on them, for Allen Theatre (which the Strand was originally called).

    Also, the “dish” in the balcony is not a broadcasting dish, but a common Public Address loudspeaker of the era. There was most likely another of these on the other side of the sanctuary.

  2. jmv says:

    Now, if we can just get our hands on a Diamond Jubilee program and schedule of events, we might be able to narrow these down even further!

    • mdm says:

      Yes, that would be ideal… I have tried to see if the decision by First Baptist to make the sanctuary available to the SA was minuted. But, sadly, that year doesn’t appear to have been minuted (or the minutes have been lost)…

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