Boys at the World

CVA 1477-169 - [Large group of boys with lunch bags standing in front of building] 19--3

CVA 1477-169 – Large group of boys with lunch bags standing in front of building, 19-

This photograph by an unidentified photographer is, without a doubt, taken in front of the Vancouver World building (aka the Bekins building and still later the Sun Tower). The date of the photo is unknown, but I’m willing to bet that it was made shortly after the World Building was erected in 1912.

The boys (and young men) in the image look to me like newsboys (no doubt, employed by the Vancouver World newspaper) who had gathered for this photo in the morning shortly before or after delivery of the early edition, with their lunch sacks in hand. The gent at left foreground seems to be trying to gather the lads into good photo-formation. I suspect he is the photographer’s assistant. Poor guy, it looks like a case of trying to herd cats! It’s fun to zoom in on the boys at different places. They look like a bunch of characters!

At one time, there was an eating establishment on the ninth floor of the building called the “Nine Maidens” cafeteria, named for the maidens (aka “caryatids“, creations of the great and prolific Vancouver sculptor, Charles Marega) which enhance the exterior appearance of the building. I have no idea if there is a cafeteria today in the building, but I rather doubt it.

CVA 70-32 - Sun Tower, exterior [Beatty Street facade] detail, 1973. Art Grice-2

CVA 70-32 – Sun Tower, exterior [Beatty Street facade] detail, 1973, cropped by mdm. Art Grice photo.

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One Response to Boys at the World

  1. Angus McIntyre says:

    I once had lunch in the Nine Maidens, and we scored a coveted table with an opening window for a great view to the east. There was a sign by each window: “Please do not feed the seagulls.”

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