Update (Originally Posted November 2015):
CVA 1184-1988 – Exterior view of Hammond Furniture warehouse and manufacturing facilities. 1940-48. Jack Lindsay photo.
The buildings that today house at least three businesses on the NW and NE corners of Clark at Venables were ones that I’ve wondered about each time I’ve gone past. This morning, as I was browsing through online photos of the City of Vancouver Archives
, I was delighted to see a 1940s image of the familiar buildings which were then home to the warehouse and manufacturing facility
(NW) and showroom (NE) of Hammond Furniture. Ernie Hammond
was its head. Today, the NW building houses Russell Food Equipment
and the NE corner is home to AquaPaws
and Mr. Mattress
It isn’t clear to me when Hammond Furniture closed, but it was a going concern in the 1940s and was advertising into the 1950s and ’60s. I was pleased to note (from the first image below) that furniture sold by Hammond in the 1940s – and perhaps manufactured as well – was very similar, if not identical, to some of that which my grandparents once owned!
CVA 1184-1986 – Furniture display at Hammond Furniture. 1940-48. Jack Lindsay photo. (Presumably, from the showroom building, on NE corner).
CVA 1184-1985 – Woman cutting wood at Hammond Furniture. 1940-48. Jack Lindsay photo. (From NW corner manufacturing and warehouse building, I presume).
CVA 1184-1992. Workers outside the Hammond Furniture warehouse. 1940-48. Jack Lindsay. (Note: This is a crop of the original image).
CVA 1184-1987 – James Harold (Jimmy) Reid sewing a mattress at Hammond Furniture. 1946-48. Jack Lindsay photo. (Pleases see comments below from Brent Reid for more details).
CVA 180-3821 – Marching band in 1959 P.N.E. Opening Day Parade. (The Hammond Furniture ad is atop the former Oxford Motors on Burrard Street; it later became the ARP HQ. Today it is the green space between Christ Church Cathedral and Park Place on Burrard Street). Graphic Industries Ltd. photo.
CVA 371-1626 – Ernest Charles (“Ernie”) Hammond. 1948.