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Granville Island Public Market
added November 29, 2020
Granville Island Public Market
 Between 1931 and 1953, Wright's Canadian Rope Company occupied what is now part of the Public Market. In that time they produced wire rope for the Army during WW II as well as international projects like the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Vancouver Kid's Market
added November 29, 2020
Vancouver Kid's Market
 The building that currently houses the Granville Island Kid's Market used to manufacture white lead, a toxic substance used on the hulls of boats

The Roxborough
added November 29, 2020
The Roxborough
 Yet another beautifully preserved apartment building in South Granville, complete with parapets and unique arched doorways

319 East Broadway
added November 29, 2020
319 East Broadway
A record store, and one of the last private homes on this part of Broadway. Photo courtesy City of Vancouver. 

Royal Bank, Fairview Branch
added November 29, 2020
Royal Bank, Fairview Branch
 Back when this picture was taken, people drove on the left side of the road, Emily Carr taught painting a few blocks away, and you could buy a building lot in Shaughnessy Heights for $50.  (1908 photo from Vancouver City Archives).

315 East Broadway
added November 29, 2020
315 East Broadway
 According to the sign on the building, you could dance to Latin-American music at the Blue Star Restaurant and Cafe.  (1978 photo copyright city of Vancouver.)

470 West Hastings
added November 29, 2020
470 West Hastings
 In this one small corner of the city you could find dentists, cigars, typewriters, clothiers, a drug store, and an accordion school back in the day. Today it's pretty much one big coffee shop(1940 photo from Vancouver City Archives).

Stanley Park Pavilion
added November 29, 2020
Stanley Park Pavilion
 The Pavilion is Stanley Park's oldest structure, and was originally built as a concession stand in 1911. It has been a venue for thousands of dinners, parties, and wedding receptions, none of which I ever attended. In fact, I had never seen the outside of it, let alone the inside, until the other day, when I walked the grounds virtually alone. It's an impressive and iconic place with strong links to the history of Vancouver, and I look forward to spending more time there. 

Glenhaven Memorial Chapel
added November 29, 2020
Glenhaven Memorial Chapel
 I'm old enough to remember 1978 pretty clearly. It doesn't seem that long ago to me. But in these pictures, it feels like a lifetime has passed. Even the road is slumping in the recent picture. The funeral home that once occupied this spot has moved a few blocks down the road to a more upscale neighbourhood

Esquire Cafe
added November 29, 2020
Esquire Cafe
 In the 1940s this stretch of Granville Street was Theatre Row, and movie patrons could go to the Esquire to enjoy a nice pork chop, or get their tea leaves read by Madam Lucille. Time has not been kind to this building. I wonder if all that beautiful neon signage survived somewhere? 

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