HNY from BC Electric (and VAIW)!

CVA 260-777 - [The B.C. Electric Building at 425 Carrall Street illuminated at night] 1937 James Crookall

CVA 260-777 – The B.C. Electric Building (and Interurban terminus) at 425 Carrall Street illuminated at night. 1937. James Crookall photo.

This 1937 night shot of the BCER Interurban terminal on Hastings at Carrall is, as usual, well done by James Crookall. He was an ‘amateur’ photographer in the sense that he wasn’t a ‘professional’ (i.e., not typically paid to shoot stuff or people), but Crookall was a professional in the looser sense of being one heck of a good shooter! In this image, he makes the best use of the limited light available from neon signs and other ambient light sources.

Today, this building is extant and is home (not inappropriately) to a shop called LightForm. The one big difference in this structure, however, is that the street-level has now been enclosed. No longer do interurban trains coast into and out of there. This is probably just as well, as the traffic entanglements at the junction of Hastings and Carrall, with interurbans leaving and entering the area were significant even in 1937; imagine how little patience today’s drivers would have if there were still a BCER terminus there!

Happy New Year to all my faithful readers!

Thanks for your support in 2017! I look forward to learning more about Vancouver’s past with you in 2018 . . .

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2 Responses to HNY from BC Electric (and VAIW)!

  1. lhhouben says:

    Happy New Year! I’ve enjoyed your informative and interesting posts all year. Whenever I go downtown, I am able to “see” the old Vancouver in my mind’s eye, which I find quite intriguing. Thank you for all your hard work.

    • mdm says:

      I know exactly what you mean about seeing/imagining a former Vancouver when strolling downtown! Thanks for being such a faithful reader and commenter!

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