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Series S383 - Business license registers

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Business license registers

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COV-S383

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  • 1886-1939 (Creation)
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    Vancouver (B.C.). License and Business Tax Office

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2.69 m of textual records

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Series consists of annual registers which record the payment made by individuals and companies for licenses to carry on a profession, trade, or small business venture in Vancouver. They document many of the types of work or jobs carried out in a given year. Beginning in 1928, a separate ("receipt") register was kept for "plates and badges" issued for certain business activities (taxis, peddlars, dog licenses, etc.), which are also included. The 1913-1939 registers are organized by profession, trade, or small business venture. As an example of the exhaustive numbers of types represented in a register, a list of 1930 types follows: auctioneers; advertising agents; auto financing; auto camps; auto washers; automobiles (dealers); auto dealers; auto garages; auto filling gas station; auto supply and repair; auto painters and body builders; auto parking stations; apartment houses; billiard and pool parlours; bowling alleys; beauty parlors; bakers; boot blacks; butchers; barbers; bicycle dealers; business offices; boat builders; blacksmiths; brokers; boot and shoe dealers; boot and shoe repairers; bath parlours, Turkish massage; baths (plain); bailiffs; candy, fruit and ice cream; contractors; cleaners and dyers; chimney sweeps; companies; collection agencies; detective agencies; delicatessen; druggists; dry goods; dressmakers; dance halls; dancing academies; dairy products; department stores; distilleries; electrical appliances; electricians; exhibits (arcades); film exchange; ferriers; fuel dealers; fish dealers; furniture; florists; foundries; grocers; green grocers; gents clothiers and furnishings; golf courses - miniature and indoor; hardware; hospitals; insurance agents; jewellers; junk dealers; kennels; lodging houses; laundries; livery stable; laundry offices; ladies wear; milk shops; millinery; music and musical instruments; music teachers; machinery dealers; machine shops; manufacturers; milk vendors; messenger services; miscellaneous licenses; office supplies; printers and publishers; painters and paperhangers; poulterers; photographers; plumbers; palmists; pawnbrokers and moneylenders; restaurants; real estate dealers; retail dealers; repair shops; second hand dealers; stevedores and shipyards; storage warehouses; sheet metal works; stenographers (public); schools; sign and show card writers; stationery and books; steamship agencies; saw filers; theatres; tea and coffee dealers; tobacconists; tailors; towing companies; undertakers; upholsterers; wholesale dealers; watch repairers; window cleaners. At the end there is also a section: "Refunds, Cancellations, and Suspensions". Individual entries indicate the name of the applicant, the address, in some instances, explanatory details, and the cost of the license. Arranged by year, and therein: 1886-1918 chronologically, and 1913-1939 alphabetically by type of business.

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