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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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Granville Bowling Before Commodore: LaSalle Recreations

These gents, who appear to be pretty pleased with themselves, were apparently in a bowling tournament held in 1929 at LaSalle Recreations at 945 Granville St. This was a year before Commodore Lanes came along (on the other side of … Continue reading

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Funland Amusement Arcade (The Orillia)

This is an inspired image by Otto F Landauer of part of The Orillia block (SW corner Robson and Seymour) in its full colour (in every way!) in contrast with the duotones of the new RBC building on Robson at Granville. For … Continue reading

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Mucky Lane Work

I have become quite fond of the work done in the early years of the 20th century by BC Electric Railway photographers. Most of these anonymous souls don’t seem to me to have been amateurs (although a few images are very over-exposed). … 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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Terminal City Oyster, Fish and Deli

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

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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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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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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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600 Block Granville

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Before Rogers Building

This image was made just prior to (and very likely in anticipation of) the construction on the corner of Granville and Dunsmuir of the Rogers Building. C. D. Rand, whose office is visibly prominent in the single-storey structure at the … Continue reading

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HV Fantasia

This HDR image is one I made about a year ago when I was feeling particularly sorrowful for the loss of the predecessor of the current Hotel Vancouver – the much more architecturally interesting hotel that was located two blocks … Continue reading

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CPR Depot #2

This is the second of three CPR depots that have stood in Vancouver over the years. This depot was located on Cordova at the north foot of Granville. The third station — now known as Waterfront Station, Skytrain’s downtown terminus — is at … 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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