Peter Thomas, Pender & Homer Portrait, 1972

vpl 86489C Parking lot attendant at the corner of Pender and Homer  1972 Peter Thomas

VPL 86489C Parking lot attendant at the corner of Pender and Homer. 1972. Peter Thomas photo.

Peter Thomas is not a photographer with whom I’m familiar. But upon stumbling upon some of his work at VPL’s online historical photos site, recently, I have to say I like his style.

The image above was apparently made at the northwest corner of Pender and Homer, where, roughly from the 1960s until the 1990s, Downtown Parking Corp. (DPC) had a small parking garage. The image is one of four similar photos made by Thomas of the attendant. I like this one best.

The exterior of the attendant’s hut is visible here a couple of years later (in 1974) beneath the wall ad for the Niagara Hotel:

CVA 778-194 - 400 Homer Street west side May 1974

CVA 778-194 – 400 Homer Street west side. May 1974.

In this perspective image (made in the same year), it is clear that the DPC lot wasn’t much of a garage. Two levels, evidently.

CVA 778-193 - 400 Homer Street west side May 1974

CVA 778-193 – 400 Homer Street west side. May 1974. Cropped slightly and exposure adjusted by author.

The parking garage replaced longtime resident of this corner, Ellesmere Rooms.

CVA 1184-699 - [Oldest boarding house in Vancouver, corner of Homer and Pender Streets] 1943 Jack Lindsay photo

CVA 1184-699 – [Oldest boarding house in Vancouver, corner of Homer and Pender Streets]. 1943. Jack Lindsay photo. Slightly cropped and exposure adjusted by author.

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