Category Archives: automobiles

No Bull! The Conversion of Black Motors to Black’s Restaurant

Update Originally posted April, 2017 VPL 80449. Black Motors gas station, NE corner at Georgia & Richards Streets. Service station and parts dept components of Black Motors. Looking north. 1948 Tom Christopherson photo. The NE corner of Georgia and Richards … Continue reading

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Where W.E.C. Shopped?

Updated October, 2016 This image appears to have been made sometime in the 1970s; right around the same period when the hapless Wile E. Coyote was entertaining fantasies of terrorizing the nameless Roadrunner using machines built from products made by Acme. The company portrayed in the image, … Continue reading

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Bow-Mac Supermarket

The 80-foot Bow-Mac sign at 1154 West Broadway, has been a landmark in the neighbourhood since it was erected in 1958. There were a couple of aspects about Bow-Mac’s history of which I wasn’t aware until today: (1) the lot was originally … Continue reading

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“Traffic Peaker” vs “Polar Cap Melter”?

This 1940s ad, which I’m assuming was a production of the City of Vancouver, makes use of all three of the classical rhetorical appeals. There is ethos in the use of statistics, figures, and a chart to persuade the audience … Continue reading

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Victory on 500 Block of West Hastings

This is a very nice image made by Jack Lindsay, probably on VE or VJ Day.* The photographer was on ground level for this shot, standing in a vacant parking spot in front of the Bank of Toronto building (later, the … Continue reading

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The Foot of Main Street

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Granville at 37th Avenue (120 Years Makes a Difference)

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. . . It’s a Doozy!

There are no longer any single family dwellings along West Pender Street (according to the BC Directory for 1920, 1325 W. Pender Street was home to Charles V. Ayton), but there is still a substantial elevation change evident below Pender. For comparison, … Continue reading

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933 West Pender

This fine image by Stuart Thomson was made ca1924 at the 900 block of West Pender Street – not the 1100 block of Granville Street. There are at least three clues to the actual location: (1) Abbotsford Hotel (still standing today … Continue reading

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’49 Chevy Fleetside Deluxe Fastback

Once again, I’m indebted to my buddy, Wes, for knowing and sharing the name of this vehicle (it wasn’t specifically identified in the VPL online record). The location was 741 Homer Street, which today is (roughly) the Budget Rent-A-Car lot … Continue reading

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Corona Salesmen?

On the exterior, this shop looks mostly unchanged today; it houses a barber shop (adjacent to The Paper Hound Bookshop in the Victoria Block).

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