Category Archives: W J Moore

Cowan & Brookhouse Printers

Update The photos above were made by a photographer with Canadian Photo Co.; the photographer isn’t identified on the prints (nor by CVA), but they seem likely to have been made by gifted photographer, W. J. Moore.¹ The first image looks … Continue reading

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Local Shutterbugs: ‘The Bees’ Wings?’

Camera Craft was a long-running monthly periodical published by the Photographers’ Association of California which (thanks to Internet Archive) is easily accessed today. There are interesting articles of enduring interest to a camera-savvy readership. But our attention here will focus on  a … Continue reading

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From Lumber to Racquets

The address of the yards of Coast Lumber & Fuel Co. was at a corner of Bodwell Road* (today’s 33rd Avenue) and Ontario Street. According to a City website, there was a streetcar track along Bodwell Road, so that, I’m … Continue reading

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Church Street (Lane)

It is not unusual to find a “Church Street” in a Canadian city. Even today, in our post-church-attendance era, streets called “Church” can be found in New Westminster, North Vancouver, and in the Collingwood district of the City of Vancouver (near Boundary … Continue reading

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Photographers of the Pacific Northwest in Vancouver

With panorama images of this sort (of which W J Moore was an acknowledged local professional specialist), I like to use the magnifying icon to inspect individual faces and speculate on what each person may have been thinking at the time … Continue reading

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Early Tech for “Readin’, ‘Ritin’ and ‘Rithmetic”

Most of the school supplies in this office building are recognizable to me. The 1930s version of the Remington typewriter, of course (with that almost unheard of technology, carbon paper inserted), variations on early document copiers (which I’m tempted to refer to … Continue reading

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Robson Square Ice Rink Formerly Public W.C.

If you are a Vancouver resident or have visited the city, you will probably know that these apparently quite handsome public washrooms are no longer here (there are two remaining sets of these relics, neither in the downtown core and … Continue reading

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B. C. Equipment Company

The image above was the site in 1934 of BC Equipment Company, a heavy equipment/machinery dealer from as early as the 19-teens (although they came into their own, it seems, in the 1930s) until 1985, when its remaining assets were … Continue reading

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Ellesmere Rooms

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Ajello Piano Co. (Canada)

Ajello Piano (ca 1910-28) is shown above in its final home (147 W Hastings) in the Astoria Hotel block (which  formerly was adjacent to the Ormidale Block). The Vancouver-based firm should not be confused with Giuliano Ajello & Sons, a piano manufacturing … Continue reading

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Human Traffic Signal

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Granville at Beach

We are looking toward the northeast corner of Granville Street at Beach Avenue in these two images. The first photo (above) was taken slightly to the east of the second (1909) Granville Bridge; the photo below was made a little ways to the … Continue reading

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Vancouver Opera Association

These photos of  the 100 block of Dunsmuir Street  (between Cambie and Beatty) reveal quite different structures within a relatively brief period. In 1941, the YMCA (Edward E. Blackmore, 1905) was located here (although it faced onto Cambie, its longest wall was … Continue reading

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Angelus Confectionery on Howe

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Hambro Building

The structure shown above from the 1930s was the Hambro block. “Hambro” almost certainly is a reference to the private London (UK)-based bank. Sort of a boring building, you say? I tend to agree. The exterior was quite dull – and the exterior … Continue reading

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