Category Archives: yesterday & today

Hammond Furniture

Update (Originally Posted November 2015): The buildings that today house at least three businesses on the NW and NE corners of Clark at Venables were ones that I’ve wondered about each time I’ve gone past. This morning, as I was browsing through … Continue reading

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Cafes and Bookshops – Two of My Favourite Things

Paper Hound (344 W Pender) books is located on the site of what was for several decades a cafe in Vancouver’s ‘book row’. Most recently (ca 1989-2002), it was White Rose Cafe (evocatively shown in the drawing above by Keith McKellar). Before that, it was … Continue reading

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Guide to Secondhand Bookstores in 1987-88 (3rd Edition)

The Guide This is the first in a series of a posts I plan to write that will make public my collected editions of this Guide to the Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookstores & Antique Map Print Shops of Vancouver. My reason … Continue reading

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‘That Old [Herzogian] Feeling’

This image is a powerful reminder, to me at any rate, of a Fred Herzog image. I make no claim at all that this is a Herzog photo (it isn’t; it is one taken for the Vancouver Planning Department by a photographer … Continue reading

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West Cordova Unit Block*

It is a pity that we don’t know who made this photograph. To me, it is one of gems in the City of Vancouver Archives (CVA) collection. Why do I say that? The muted colour tones, for one thing, speak … Continue reading

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Lest We Impress

It is all too easy to impress the present onto the past. Especially in cases where there has been an attempt made by contemporary architects to ‘nod’ to a prior building that once occupied a lot. A good example of this … Continue reading

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A Block of Libraries

 In 1925, Mrs. A. J. Davidson would start a little bookstore business across the street from the home shown above (later she would move the business next door to the home, later down the block a few doors; it would never … Continue reading

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Ernest Augustus Muling, French Chef

Ernest Augustus Muling (1861-1949) was a Frenchman by birth (in Blumenau), an Englishman by nationality, and a chef by profession. He came to Vancouver from Brisbane, Australia where he seems to have spent his twenties and early thirties and where … Continue reading

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South Granville’s Mid-Century Office Building

The Block Building (CBK Van Norman) stands at the corner of (South) Granville and 11th Ave. It was built in 1965, I believe. The art work over the main door is a work by Lionel and Patricia Thomas and is called … Continue reading

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A. A. McWhinnie Wine & Spirit Merchant (Briefly)

Judging from city directories, it seems that A. A. McWhinnie may have been a wine/spirit merchant for a year; perhaps less. By 1902, the space and the liquor business was in the name of the Urquhart Brothers – apparently the … 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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Whetham Block/CP Telecom Building

The City of Vancouver Archives claims in the Scope and Content section of the record for this photo that it “shows the Wetham Block”. This is a typographical error; it should read “Whetham Block”, named after Dr. James Whetham. There is … Continue reading

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Waterfront Station: Howe Street Entry

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First Avenue Viaduct

The very small grade change associated with the bridge once known widely as the First Avenue Viaduct contributes to its near-invisibility to the modern eye. The principal function of the pre-WWII viaduct was to allow motor traffic to travel over the rail yards … Continue reading

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

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Pierre Berton (1920-2004) at UBC

For a pretty good summation of Berton’s life and accomplishments, see this CBC television news broadcast on the occasion of his death.

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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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Ellesmere Rooms

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57 Varieties: H. J. Heinz in Vancouver

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Burrard & Pender: A Century’s Differences

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Betwixt and Between

This post consists of two 1914 images that appear to have been made on the same day by BCER (and of the mates made last week by the author). The 1914 images were interesting to me because they were made at one … Continue reading

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TelusGardens

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The Shark Has Pretty Teeth, Dear

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One of Our Early Flatirons

The building which was formerly the Hotel Europe (and, indeed, is still remembered as such) was designed by Parr and Fee for Angelo Calori and was constructed in 1908-09. It was, apparently, the third of Calori’s hotels. It isn’t clear where … Continue reading

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Sedgewick to the Fourth Power

In these times when the almighty dollar is king, the norm is that he/she/they who donate the largest wad of cash to the construction of a building gets it named after him/her/them. This appears not to have been the case at … Continue reading

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Canada Garage on Homer

This image from the 1920s is of the Canada Garage. This lot is adjacent to the lane that divides the east side of the block from the Victoria Apartments (now Hotel). This space was home to automobile garages of different names … 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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Wilson’s

This retail corner (SE Cordova and Granville) was anchored by a newspaper vendor called The Checking Depot in the 1910s (I suspect that this image was made in 1914 – the only year I could identify in BC Directories in which … Continue reading

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The Arcade

Both of these images are looking roughly in the same direction (although the 2014 photo was taken a block further north from Hastings than was the ca1900 one). At the time the ca1900 image was made, the Dominion Trust Building … Continue reading

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Percy’s and Flo’s Garage

Nye’s Garage was designed by architects Townley and Matheson and built in 1922 at the corner of 2nd and Cambie for Percival and Florence Nye. The couple. who apparently ran the operation very much as a partnership, lived in an apartment … Continue reading

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First Against Thirst

The image above was not taken too many years ago (relative to many images that appear here), and it is difficult to determine if the original wood frame structure has been demolished or given a new ‘skin’. It served as the home … Continue reading

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Appropriated Orthodoxy

Work on the Fir Street off-ramp for the most recent Granville Bridge (construction 1952-53) has just begun in the image above and was at a more advanced stage in the photo below. The question that was most pressing for me was: Which church was … Continue reading

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Hector’s: A Challenge

The building still stands, today, but it has a new ‘skin’. Today, the structure is clad in what appears to be corrugated steel. What’s the history of the place? The building does not appear to have existed prior to about 1966 … Continue reading

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Seymour Billiards

The first image was taken on Nelson Street from near the back lane between Granville and Seymour streets. The second image was made on Seymour from Nelson Street looking north toward Smithe. The Vancouver (Ford) Motors building (which today houses Staples on … Continue reading

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When Craftsman-Style Homes Ruled Nelson

This image of the quiet street of Nelson in the heart of West End, Vancouver, seems to be looking east, from the 2000 block (Chilco Street). The home on the right side of the street with the turret (middle distance) … Continue reading

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Ho Sun Hing Printers and Neighbours

The image above is of the 200 block of East Georgia Street (in Chinatown), made in the 1960s. If you compare this image with the one immediately below, there are really very few substantive changes to the buildings on the block, so … Continue reading

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Watson Gloves

The image above was taken in an unknown year at the original manufacturing site of Watson Gloves — on East 2nd Avenue, just west of Main Street. I was walking in that neighbourhood this afternoon and spotted the entry to … Continue reading

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Gas Warehouse

This is the last existing structure of Vancouver’s “gas works” (Sharp & Thompson, 1910). The warehouse appears to be the building center-left in  the first image above. The city heritage plaque on the building notes that “the choice of this … Continue reading

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BCER Men’s Quarters

 Architect Robert Lyon designed the Men’s Quarters of the B.C. Electric Railway (1913), shown under construction above. This structure is located at the SW corner of Main and Prior streets, across the street from where the BCER’s car barns were at … 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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The World

There seem not to be any photos on the VPL or CVA websites that show “The World” after-hours club. Although the club appears  to have endured for a number of years, I haven’t been able to track down the year it was … Continue reading

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Rae-Son Shoe Rack?

The image above, made in 1974, is of 615-619 Seymour Street. At the time, the tenants of the building were the Rae-Son Shoe Rack and the Salon George beauty salon. During the years that this art deco structure has been at this site … Continue reading

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St. Regis

For some history on the St. Regis Hotel (W. T. Whiteway, 1912), see here.

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The Murray

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Astor Hotel

The image above shows Vancouver Buisness College at 147 West Hastings (just east of Cambie) in 1904. By 1909, the space had been taken over by the Hotel Astor (not to be confused with the Hotel Astoria, which still stands today in … Continue reading

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MacEwan Arts

This is the west-facing side of the Hartney Block. In 1974, McLeod’s Books was the principal retailer on the main floor. Holding down the back end of the building were MacEwan Art Supplies and Cassels Window Shade. Today, a funky … Continue reading

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E. A. Morris

The E. A. Morris block has been restored to appear much as it looked in 1938 (to get some idea of how much restoration work was required, have a look at version of this building in 1974 that housed The … Continue reading

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When You’re Smilin’

The Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret was a fixture at 109 East Hastings from the 1950s to the 1980s. Today, the place has been given new life as the SBC Restaurant – a combined indoor skateboarding park/restaurant.

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‘New’ Cecil Hotel (ca1909-2010)

 

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Burrard Skytrain Station

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Terminal City Oyster, Fish and Deli

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Agnew Surpass Shoes

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Roast Chicken: 40 Cents (or “Newsboys Keep Out!”)

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Wesley Methodist from Thurlow

The view above is an atypical one. In the distance, of course, is the (unfinished?) Vancouver Block. The church in the middle distance/right is Wesley Methodist Church which in the 1930s would be demolished to make way for the Burrard Building … Continue reading

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Remember to Tie Up Your Horse on Georgia

The “empty lot” where the horses are in the image above was then known as the CPR Park. By the 1970s, it would be Pacific Centre. The building across Georgia Street from the horses is Hotel Vancouver #1, where the Toronto … Continue reading

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Whales Trumped Product Ads

The Whaling Wall on the former Continental Hotel is bowing to the wrecking ball this week. However, according to this link, there are plans to install a new whale mural somewhere in East  Vancouver. The Orca mural, in my opinion, … Continue reading

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Hot Dog or Hamburger: 10 Cents

One could be forgiven for not recognizing this as one of the most popular and well-known spots in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The slimmest building in the city and home to Jack Chow Insurance today, it was in the 1930s, apparently, where … Continue reading

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Direct from the Sea to the Pan

This fish and chip shop is just a couple of doors up East Hastings from where the legendary ‘The Only’ Seafood would later thrive (The Only was at 20 East Hastings). I don’t know whether the Old Country Fish & Chips was … Continue reading

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Chocolate Shop Cafe

The building in which the Chocolate Shop Cafe once was housed has plainly been replaced since the 1920s. The toughies glaring out the window of the second story of the building might have given Stuart Thomson pause! Note: The sign atop … Continue reading

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Empire Hotel and Cafe

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Model Boot Shop

These two images have a number of common features. Most of the buildings in this block have been retained over the years, including the Hotel Strathcona. And the space where the “Model Boot Shop” was located in 1936 today is occupied today by … Continue reading

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Famous Cloak and Suit Co.

The first business occupying this site (adjacent to the Royal Bank building on the north side of Hastings near Granville) was the Leland Hotel Annex. The Leland Hotel’s main building (with its four big Greco-Roman columns at the front) was across … Continue reading

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Downtown Granville Street

Among the intriguing elements to be seen when you click on the image above (for a closer view), is Harrron Bros., Undertakers (mid-image on the right). Note: I checked the name of the firm against BC Directories for the early years of … Continue reading

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Hornby at Robson

Why is it that I cannot look at an image of a post-rainy day in Vancouver without seeing a scene with a noir-ish aspect — where all the men in their raincoats have slightly seedy motives and where even the … Continue reading

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Underground Power

The “yesterday” image above shows the submersion of electric cables beneath Smithe Street in downtown Vancouver in 1914. According to the CVA record, the cable carried up to 11,000 volts, at that time. Less than a block away from the … Continue reading

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White Lunch No. 4

The image above is one of my all-time favourites of Stuart Thomson images (of many made by this consummate pro with a decidedly uncommon eye). I love how he has well captured human feelings and attitudes in this little interior … Continue reading

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Hollywood Cafe

Before this space housed the Hollywood Cafe, it was the Blue Goose Cafe; later (by 1949) the Good Eats Cafe. Still later (1950) – and (if you are inclined to put faith in dates offered by CVA) earlier (1930) – this … Continue reading

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Strand Theatre

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Esquire Cafe

For a 1969 image of the same space, see this earlier posting.

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600 Block Granville

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Angelus Confectionery on Howe

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Third CPR Station/Waterfront Station Viewed from Seymour at Hastings

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NE Views from FBC: 90 Years Apart

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Varied Skyline Views from Burrard Inlet

Each of these images was made from somewhat different vantage points, but all were made from or across Burrard Inlet. The 1916 WJ Moore panorama photo shows one of the very early skyline images of Vancouver with a skyline – … Continue reading

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BC Permanent Loan Co.

This building lived with the contradiction that was its name for a number of years (there is no such thing as a permanent loan, except in the nonsense-world of art galleries and museums). There is at least one other contradiction … Continue reading

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Farewell Ormidale

There are those who argue that preservation of a historic building’s facade is cause for celebration; that the building’s heritage is thereby  preserved. I am not of that group. I believe that preserving a heritage building’s facade is preferable to destroying … Continue reading

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Catholic Taste

 

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Hogan’s Alley

Hogan’s Alley, the only predominantly (though not exclusively) black neighbourhood in Vancouver was destroyed by the City in the late 1960s. The reasons were two-fold: partly it had to be demolished to make room for a highway that (thankfully) never … Continue reading

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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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‘Big Yellow Taxi’ Syndrome

Okay, this block of admittedly quite humdrum-looking commercial properties here on Seymour St. (between Dunsmuir and Georgia and across Seymour from the Hudson’s Bay Company) doesn’t really count as a ‘paradise’, at least in my books.  But it serves as an … Continue reading

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YMCA Vancouver: Later Incarnations

The image above shows the 3rd incarnation (I think) of the YMCA in the City of Vancouver. (The first and second buildings were on Hastings, just east of Cambie Street). The 1941 photo of the Y was probably one of the final … Continue reading

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Early Occupants of the Main Flatiron Property

The image above has a semi-rural charm to it that is a feature of many Canadian photographs made during the Victorian period. The lad in the foreground was almost certainly standing where he was at the request of the now-unknown photographer … Continue reading

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Commuter Train to Fraser Valley

The image above was taken at Front and Begbie Streets in New Westminster, in about 1910. The train was a BC Electric commuter to the Fraser Valley – and it was apparently a packed run (or at least it was made to seem … Continue reading

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Victory Square

The postcard above, probably created during the 1930s, and the image below, made in 2014 by my friend and shooting partner Wes Hiebert, both show the decidedly non-square Victory Square bounded by Cambie Street on the left and Pender near the top … Continue reading

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What Price Liberty?

These images, of St Francis in the lane adjacent to Holy Rosary Cathedral, were made a couple of years apart: the first, ca 2012; the second, 2014. In 2012,  Francis was caged within a wire enclosure. I found him liberated … Continue reading

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Cobblestone Lane

These images were taken from roughly the same location. In both, the photographer was facing south in a back lane just north of Water Street in Gastown and opposite what  once was known as Homer Street Arcade and today is called … Continue reading

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From Rail/Industrial Park to Artificial Turf

This green space on the outskirts of downtown today is known as Andy Livingstone Park. From 1915-1960s, the first Georgia Viaduct would have cut across the southern section of where the park is today. Before the artificial turf of the athletic … Continue reading

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1974: Ped Zone. 2014: Not So Much

These images were both taken from the southwest corner of Granville Street at Georgia in downtown Vancouver. The 1974 image (CVA; photographer unknown) shows pedestrians strolling down the middle of the road to celebrate the recent completion of renovations to … Continue reading

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Courthouse Guards

   

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Story Behind a Cavity

Behind the real estate cavity shown above, there is the beginning of a story about a Vancouver personality. The cavity is, I’m convinced, the location in the 1920s of the Hotel Martinique Smoke Shop at 1184 Granville Street. Today, the wall on … Continue reading

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Joe

The Right Honourable Joe Clark was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, a member of parliament for many years, minister of foreign affairs, minister of constitutional affairs during the debate over the Meech Lake Accord, and – all-too-briefly – … Continue reading

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Marine Reflections 75

These reflections of the Marine Building were made about 75 years apart in a city that  is greatly changed in many ways. There is some comfort, though, in seeing that the building’s exterior is essentially identical. The view on the … Continue reading

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Dal Richards (96 in 2014!)

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No Spitting, Please. We’re Canadians.

Apparently, in 1914, spitting on Vancouver streetcars could land you in the hoosegow. Today, public expectoration is frowned upon principally because it is a disgusting thing to see (and hear); but at the time this streetcar rule was posted, it was … Continue reading

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Homer from Pender

The images above and below both show what today is called the West Pender Building (402 W Pender; SW corner Pender at Homer) — known originally as the British Columbia Securities building. Construction was completed during the pre-WWI boom in … Continue reading

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Century of Change

The image above was made in 1913 from the rooftop of the Lee Building (in 1913, just a year old; still standing today) at Broadway and Main. This is a crop made from a panorama view — this part looking … Continue reading

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Courthouse Fountain ‘Switcheroo’

These images are of roughly the same view of the north side of the Vancouver Courthouse (as it then was; now, although not for much longer, the Vancouver Art Gallery). The top image is of a drinking fountain on the … Continue reading

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The 29-cent Burger!

My, how this corner has changed! A bargain burger joint and a bank have today given way to a variety bargain shop (Winners) and an electronics vendor (Future Shop). The slightly ramshackle-looking building down Robson from the Royal Bank is the Orillia … Continue reading

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Trorey Clock

This postcard, published probably in 1907, shows the NE corner of Hastings at Granville (where the Royal Bank of Canada building is today). Prominent in the image is the clock — what most Vancouverites alive today would identify as the Birks … Continue reading

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Old Main St Wharf?

This image is a recent acquisition, purchased at a metro Vancouver antiques/ephemera fair. There is nothing written on the back of the photo and there are precious few clues in the image itself, but I’ve recently reached the tentative conclusion that the … Continue reading

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Skyline: On the Cusp

Within a few years of the approximate date of this image (1983), Vancouver’s downtown skyline along False Creek would change, utterly. A key change driver would be Expo ’86 and all of the building that followed in its wake. A significant part of the construction was happening … Continue reading

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Eurodog (Before Japadog*)

There is no location or date info supplied for this image. It appears to have been made in front of Commodore Lanes (838 Granville). Without doing much research, I would guess it was taken between 1975-85. *Note: in case you … Continue reading

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Let’s Date! (Research Notes)

This post is about a few standard methods I often use for narrowing down the date that an undated photograph was taken. I’ll be using real-world examples: online image records of the City of Vancouver Archives which (as of the … Continue reading

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The End of Brockton Point Heronry: 1927

I am indebted, again, to Robert A. Hood, author of By Shore and Trail in Stanley Park (1929) for the following excerpt from a source which doesn’t seem to be widely available. It is from the June 1920 edition of … Continue reading

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Light and Shadow in the Borderlands: Duncan/Shelly and Earlier Buildings

This 6-storey office building at 119 W. Pender St. was constructed in 1911 (H. L. Stevens, architect) and was known originally as the Duncan Building; later, as the Shelly Building. It is located in what might be described as the … Continue reading

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Harding, His Memorial, and the Vulcan Invocation

I have been reading a well-written book by Robert A. Hood entitled By Shore and Trail in Stanley Park. This volume, published in 1929, is a charming and helpful collection of Hood’s poems and vignettes pertaining to the Park. (1) … Continue reading

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