Fonds AM971 - Grassie Jewellers fonds

Grassie's Carriage and Wagon Shop and General Blacksmith Part of Cordova Street, Vancouver Mr. and Mrs. Walter Henry Grassie leaning on tree stumps Interior of W.H. Grassie Store at 318 Cambie Street Cordova Street Grassie family on porch of home out east

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Grassie Jewellers fonds

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0.04 m of textual records -- 6 photographs

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W.H. Grassie owned Grassie Jewellers stores in various locations throughout Vancouver from 1886 until the 1950s. W.H. Grassie and his wife, both originally from Ontario, arrived in Vancouver in 1886, and opened Grassie's Jewellery store on Cordova Street. For several years, W.H. Grassie worked with a partner, Sam Mason, and the store was registered as Grassie and Mason. Grassie's operated at several different locations on Cordova until 1899 when the shop moved to Cambie Street. In 1939 the business was relocated to Hastings Street. In 1951 the store moved again, this time to Seymour Street where it was managed by W.H. Grassie's son-in-law and grandson, Frank McElroy and Walter Grassie McElroy.

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The fonds consists of Grassie's store ledger for the period 1891-1892 and 1902-1904, as well as photographs of W.H. Grassie and his wife and views of the store.

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Donated by Walter Grassie McElroy in 1987.


Photographs in this fonds have been assigned the prefix CVA 575.

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