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Unidentified Chinese Man - 1935

Collector/curator’s description reads: “Circa 1935, Vancouver. Photo of a young, unidentified Chinese man wearing a three-piece suit. The photo was found in the album owned by Lillian Sam (nee Lowe).

Unidentified Chinese man with prize - early 1930s

Collector/curator’s description reads: “1930s, Vancouver. And unidentified young Chinese man standing in front of a miniature, decorative wagon. It appears he may have won some type of competition as there are ribbons on the wagon. One ribbon reads ‘British Columbia.’ And the other ribbon reads ‘Junior Second Award Place. Fisker Body's Craftsman Guild.’”

Lowe - Wong Shee - 1931

Collector/curator’s description reads: “1931, Vancouver. Portrait of Lowe Wong Shee. The photo appears to have been taken for use as a travel document. On the front of the frame is written Feb 3, 1931. Blue Funnel (last word not clear) but likely related to the Blue Funnel Line of ships.”

Lowe - Jessie

Collector/curator’s description reads: “Early 1930s, Vancouver. Portrait of Jessie Lowe. She died in 1935 at the tender age of 21.”

Lowe - Sui Hing - 1931

Collector/curator’s description reads: “1931, Vancouver. Portrait of Lowe Sui Hing The photo may have been taken for use as a travel document. On the front of the frame is written Feb 3, 1931.”

Wong Mow w unidentififed business partner - 1917

Collector/curator’s description reads: “1917, Vancouver. Shirt maker Wong Mow (seated) with his unnamed business partner. It is believed they pooled their money to open the Modern Silk Shirt Tailors on Main Street in Vancouver. Back of card reads: Postcard Yucho Chow, 23 Pender Street West.”

Wong Mow - 1920s

Collector/curator’s description reads: “Circa 1920s, Vancouver. Wong Mow (a tailor who owned Modern Silk Shirt Company on Main Street in Vancouver).”

Wong - Quong John - c.1915

Collector/curator’s description reads: “C. 1915, Vancouver. Quong John Wong in a suit. Quong was a Vancouver businessman who ran a grocery store and invested in restaurants. It is believed that, for some period, he was a partner/owner in the W.K. Gardens Chop Suey restaurant, a popular banquet-style restaurant that operated in Vancouver's Chinatown from about 1917-1985.”

Wong Mow - 1941

Collector/curator’s description reads: “1941, Vancouver. Photo of tailor Wong Mow who ran the Modern Silk Shirt Company on Main Street in Vancouver's Chinatown. His actual name was Wong Quon Ho. And he was 20 years old when he arrived in Canada in 1911 on the Chicago Maru. He lived in the back of his shop on Main Street in Chinatown. He had a wife and one child in China. And here in Canada, with his second wife he fathered four children: Wah Wong; Git Wong; Larry Wong and Jennie Wong.

Unidentified Chinese actor - 1940s

Collector/curator's description reads: “1940s, Vancouver. Unidentified Chinese man, likely an actor. The photo was found in the collection of Louis Gain Wai, a Vancouver Chinatown businessman who owned The Chung King Restaurant and was a big supporter of the arts.”

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