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The Shop at Sich’s Corner

Sich’s Corner was the name of an early Vancouver tobacconist’s shop located on the southwest corner of Cambie at Cordova. The person who named it and for whom it was named remained at the corner and, indeed, in Vancouver, for … Continue reading

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Where Was This Photo Made?

I’ve intentionally not shown a caption description of the location of the above image. I’d like you to study the photo and take your best guess as to which block is shown here. Okay, ready? It is the east side … Continue reading

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325 Howe

The Name Game The building shown above has been known as the “Welton” Building (1912-1919), the “Pacific Coast Fire” Building (1920-?), and recently, probably, simply as good old 325 Howe. Who decides what a building shall be called? It is usually safe to … Continue reading

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When a “Shooting Gallery” Was Where Guns Were Fired

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It’s a Long Way… to Ypres, Passchendaele, and the Somme

The photo below honours the men and women who left for Europe during the 1914-18 war, to serve Canada. The Great War began, unceremoniously, a century ago today. We are looking at Cordova (the street that extends to the right of the image) and … Continue reading

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Gastown Pressed Tin

This is a pressed-tin ceiling panel from inside “le Magasin” in Gastown (332 Water Street). The building was constructed in 1912 (Bertram Dudley Stuart and Howard E. White, architects) and has been known by different names over the years, including “Cloth Hill” … Continue reading

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