Turn On Your Headlights for Car Service

CVA 1376-17 - White Spot [drive in] restaurant [850 Burrard Street] 1952? Werner Leggenhager

CVA 1376-17 – White Spot Drive-In Restaurant with Lunch Counter at 850 Burrard Street. 1952? Werner Lenggenhager photo.

This is an unusual photo.

I’ve seen other photos taken from Smithe or thereabouts on Burrard Street (such as the one that appears below) with the White Spot neon signage displayed. But this is the only image I’ve seen of the actual lunch counter and parking lot where folks could switch on their headlights and receive ‘car service’.

This outlet of the now-ubiquitous restaurant chain seemed to have been located where the Scotiabank Theatre is today. The image above was taken with the camera facing northeast (you can make out the Hotel Vancouver in the background).

The photo was made by Werner Lenggenhager (1899-1988), who, according to CVA’s very brief bio, was a Seattle man who once worked for Boeing. The photo bears the marks of a non-resident. It just isn’t the sort of shot which most Vancouverites in the 1950s would have taken the trouble to make.

Thanks, Werner!

Crop pf CVA 2008-022.045 - [Downtown Vancouver street scene with BC Hydro building] 1958

Crop pf CVA 2008-022.045 – Downtown Vancouver street scene with BC Hydro building and neon White Spot signage. 1958.

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5 Responses to Turn On Your Headlights for Car Service

  1. lhhouben says:

    You do come up with the doozies! I love old photos I’ve never seen before. Vancouver archives has recently been adding photos taken in 1978 of heritage homes in Vancouver, including near where I live. I found one that shows the corner of Joyce and Vanness (aprox) with an old house long gone, and where a new 30 story high rise (alas) is soon to be built, near the little lane bordering the East Joyce station. I stared at it, and very faintly I remembered it from my youth. LOL It’s amazing what people took photos of.

  2. Daniel says:

    Very cool drive-in restaurant! I love the openness.
    The second image sure seems to have a variety of car ages.

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