Posts tagged vancouver.
Granville Street, 1970s
Source: Photo by Al Ingram, City of Vancouver Archives #800-481
Source: City of Vancouver Archives #SGN 1734
Capitol Theatre, Granville Street, 1943
Source: Photo by Jack Lindsay, City of Vancouver Archives #1184-707
80 years later, this exterior has become my day to day.
World Tower under construction, ca. 1911
CPR right of way is in the foreground and Hastings is on the right.
Source: City of Vancouver Archives #Bu N385
I fondly think of the World Tower as The Giant Green Nipple.
We Are Ready, 1943
Air Raid Precautions campaign during WWII.
Source: Photo by Steffens-Colmer Studio, City of Vancouver Archives #586-1244
Babes and gas masks.
Casa Loma Cafe, 1940s
Source: Photo by Jack Lindsay (cropped), City of Vancouver Archives #1184-3261
Movieland Arcade, 908 Granville Street, Thursday 6 March 1969
Source: City of Vancouver Archives #780-23
Let’s go play some House of the Dead!
Gas Mask Drill, ca. 1941
Girls leaving Queen Mary School during a gas mask drill. Simulated gas. Girl in the centre of the image, in dark dress and light sweater, is Leonora Hutchinson (married name - Dunse) … Identifcation provided Nov. 2006, by Leonora Dunse, after seeing image in newspaper.
Source: North Vancouver Museum and Archives #732
Northwest corner of Granville and Georgia streets, Tuesday 26 July 1932
Source: Photo by Stuart Thomson, City of Vancouver Archives #99-4225
Granville and Smithe, 1968
Source: City of Vancouver Archives #788-52
I love how that arcade is still around. I know where to go when I’m keening for some House of the Dead.
Granville Street, ca. 1906
Source: Photo by Philip T Timms, City of Vancouver Archives #677-529
St Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall, 157 Alexander Street, 1971-1976
In 1971, an American showbiz entrepreneur named George Patey opened a 1920s-themed restaurant and club called the Banjo Palace at 157 Alexander Street, where the Alibi Room operates today. In the men’s room behind the urinals, he installed, brick-by-brick, the wall against which Al Capone’s goons massacred the Moran Gang in 1929 in what became known as the St Valentine’s Day Massacre. Public outrage at the massacre was intense and led to the empowering of the FBI to wage its so-called “War on Crime” against Scarface and other 1930s gangsters.
Patey bought the wall in 1967 after hearing that the Chicago warehouse where the massacre took place was being demolished and had the bricks shipped to Vancouver. The wall was a popular Gastown attraction, although it made for some awkward moments when women peeked in to view it while male patrons were trying to pee.
The Banjo Palace, which also featured Canada’s largest circular barbecue, only lasted until 1976. Unfortunately, Patey took his infamous bricks with him. Some have been sold individually and the rest now reside in a mob museum in Las Vegas.
Source: Photos by George Patey via My Al Capone Museum
Interesting fact! I will forever think of this whenever I’m at the Alibi Room.