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Downtown (Vancouver, B.C.) Signs and signboards
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1958 : A year to remember

Item is a film containing highlights of British Columbia's centennial year in Vancouver. Includes shots of an antique car parade, a tall ship at dock, naval vessels, street decorations in Vancouver, Chinese Freemasons parade (with drill team, dragon dance, etc.), a powwow, horse racing at Exhibition Park, PNE parade, and the last of the region's interurban streetcars. Film also includes footage showing the aftermath of the Second Narrows Bridge collapse.

Buses and Vancouver Block outside the Eaton’s Building

Item part is a photograph of the bus stop with buses on Granville Street taken from the open area at the eastern corner of the Eaton’s Building. Scott’s Restaurant (and Cafe), Roselawn Florists, and Vancouver Block (736 Granville Street) are visible across Granville Street past the buses. The rounded eastern corner of the Eaton’s Building is visible on the right edge of the photograph.

600 block of Granville Street

Item is a photograph showing the 600 block of Granville Street. Retail shops pictured include: Chandler's Shoes, Caroline Beauty Salon, Zellers and R.C. Purdy's Chocolates.

Stanley Park and [North] Shore - Horseshoe Bay and Malahat Hwy. - Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fowlers to Victoria - returned to Vancouver

Item is a film showing the view from inside an automobile travelling the road along the Stanley Park causeway and going across the Lions Gate Bridge towards the North Shore. Film contains scenes from within the car, the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, aboard the ferry, scenes along the Malahat highway, Duncan, Ladysmith, Malahat Lookout, Victoria Auto Court Motel. The film concludes with a return trip to Vancouver, driving across the Granville Street Bridge, through downtown and across a viaduct.

Water Street from the intersection of Carroll Street and Alexander Street

Item part is a photograph from Maple Tree Square with a view west down Water Street from the intersection of Carroll Street and Alexander Street Some pedestrians walk through the square while others are congregating around a Greyhound bus. The identified establishments in the photograph are The Quest (Quest Team Three design projects Ltd., 1 Alexander Street), The International Gold Scale (121 Carrall Street), Lickety Split, and the partial signage of the Old Spaghetti Factory is visible further along Water Street The statue of Gassy Jack is visible at the far right.

Customer queue outside the Old Spaghetti Factory

Item part is a photograph of a queue outside of the Old Spaghetti Factory location in Gastown (53 Water Street), taken from the sidewalk near the east corner of the building. Includes the front sidewalk, the awning leading to the entrance on the side of the building, and part of the parking lot. The signage for Trident Imports Ltd. (57 Water Street) is visible in the background.

Customer queue outside the Old Spaghetti Factory

Item part is a photograph of a queue outside of the Old Spaghetti Factory location in Gastown (53 Water Street), taken from the sidewalk near the east corner of the building. Includes some of the front facade and the awning leading to the entrance on the side of the building. The signage for Trident Imports Ltd. (57 Water Street) is visible in the background.

Customer queue outside the Old Spaghetti Factory

Item part is a photograph of a queue outside of the Old Spaghetti Factory location in Gastown (53 Water Street), taken from across the street. Includes street view of automobiles and the front facade.

Robson Street sidewalk and storefronts, just north of Bute

Item part is a photograph of the sidewalk along Robson Street just northeast of Bute Street. Signage and storefronts are visible for several local businesses: Robson Foods Market (1204 Robson Street), Dun-Rite Cleaners (1208 Robson Street), Daily Food Store (1212 Robson Street), and the La Côte d'Azur restaurant (1216 Robson Street).

Intersection of Robson Street and Bute Street

Item part is a photograph of the intersection of Robson Street and Bute Street, looking northwest. Visible on the right is the Blue Horizon Hotel (1225 Robson Street), and on the left is the Sheraton Landmark hotel (1400 Robson Street), under construction.

Robson Plaza

Item part is a photograph of the sidewalk, signage, and partial storefronts outside of Robson Plaza, on Robson Street, looking southeast. Signs and storefronts are visible for News Hour (1139b Robson Street), Equinox Gallery (1139a Robson Street), Robson Fine Art Print Centre (1137 Robson Street), and Ichophos (1135 Robson Street).

Sidewalk outside Robson Plaza

Item part is a photograph of the sidewalk, signage, and partial storefronts outside of Robson Plaza, on Robson Street, looking southeast. Signs and storefronts are visible for News Hour (1139b Robson Street), Equinox Gallery (1139a Robson Street), Robson Fine Art Print Centre (1137 Robson Street), Ichophos (1135 Robson Street), Swiss Herbal Remedies (1127 Robson Street), TeePee Sporting Goods Ltd. (1115 Robson Street), and New York Barber Shop (1111 Robson Street).

Sheraton Landmark hotel under construction

Item part is a photograph of the Sheraton Landmark hotel under construction, from Robson Street, looking northwest. Some storefront and signage of local businesses are visible along Robson Street in the foreground. Nelmar Cafe (1190 Robson Street), Robson Foods Market (1204 Robson Street), Dun-Rite Cleaners (1208 Robson Street), and Daily Food Store (1212 Robson Street) are along the street to the left. On the right is the entrance for the Blue Horizon hotel (1225 Robson Street).

Robson Street sidewalk and storefronts

Item part is a photograph of a sidewalk on Robson Street between Burrard Street and Thurlow Street, looking northwest. Identified establishments with storefronts or signage in the photograph are C.E.B.A. Export and Import (1053-67 Robson Street), Old Country Bakery (1064 Robson Street), The Danish Tea Room Ltd. (1068 Robson Street), Pussycat Fashion Centre (1070 Robson Street), Robson's Fabrics (1075 Robson Street), Freybe Delicatessen (1085 Robson Street), Downtown Travel Centre (1099 Robson Street), and The Traveller restaurant and steak house (1101 Robson Street).

Robson Street sidewalk and storefronts

Item part is a photograph of a sidewalk on Robson Street between Burrard Street and Thurlow Street, looking northwest. Identified establishments with storefronts or signage in the photograph are C.E.B.A. Export and Import (1053-67 Robson Street), Old Country Bakery (1064 Robson Street), The Danish Tea Room Ltd. (1068 Robson Street), Pussycat Fashion Centre (1070 Robson Street), Robson's Fabrics (1075 Robson Street), Freybe Delicatessen (1085 Robson Street), Downtown Travel Centre (1099 Robson Street), and The Traveller restaurant and steak house (1101 Robson Street).

Storefronts and sidewalk on Robson Street

Item part is a photograph of storefront and signs on Robson Street, near Thurlow looking southeast. Storefronts and signs are visible for Ten 89 Hair Styling (1089 Robson Street), Freybe's Delicatessen (1085 Robson Street), Robson Fabrics (1075 Robson Street), C.E.B.A. Import and Exports (1053-67 Robson Street), and White Spot (1025 Robson Street).

Olympia Oyster and Fish Co.

Item part is a photograph of storefronts on Robson Street focusing on Olympia Oyster and Fish Market (1094 Robson Street.) The edge of Phil's Sportswear and New Method Cleaners (1092 Robson Street) is visible on the left, and Shopper's Drug Mart (1098 Robson Street) is visible on the right.

Carrall Street from Maple Tree Square

Item part is a photograph of a section of Carrall Street on Maple Tree Square. The awning for Guenter's Delicatessen (203 Carrall Street) is visible on the right, the entrance to Gaoler's Mews and the storefront for Galerie Allen (213 Carroll Street) are in the centre.

Water Street from Maple Tree Square

Item part is a photograph of Water Street looking west from Maple Tree Square. Storefronts and signage belonging to Bootlegger (2 Water Street) and The Garage shops (12 Water Street) are visible on the south side of the street (left), and Brother Jon's Restaurant (1 Water Street), Gastown Wax Museum (21 Water Street), Kego Club (21 Water Street), and Old Spaghetti Factory (53 Water Street) are visible on the north side of the street (right).

Water Street scene

Item part is a photograph of Water Street looking west from the sidewalk outside of Brother Jon's Restaurant (1 Water Street). On the other side of Water Street the storefronts and signage for The Garage shops (12 Water Street), Oceanic Coast Plus imports (26 Water Street), Town Pump restaurant and cabaret (66 Water Street), and the Dominion Hotel (210 Abbot Street) are visible.

Carrall Street from Water Street and Maple Tree Square

Item part is a photograph of Carrall Street from the north sidewalk of Water Street where Water Street joins Maple Tree Square. Visible on the other side of Water Street is Bootlegger (2 Water Street), and further down Carrall Street the awning for Guenter's Delicatessen (203 Carrall Street) can be seen.

Maple Tree Square looking east from Water Street

Item part is a photograph of Maple Tree Square, looking east from the north sidewalk of Water Street. On the right the signage and awning of The Quest (Quest Team Three design projects Ltd., 1 Alexander Street) is visible. Across the square is Hotel Europe (43 Powell Street, at Alexander). On the left the identified establishments are Gassy's Joint (6 Powell Street) and The Boiler Room (8 Powell Street).

Entrance to shops at The Garage

Item part is a photograph of the entrance to the collection of shops at The Garage (12 Water Street). On the left is Graphic House printers, on the right is Chocolate Factory candy, and in the centre background is the Serenite Restaurant.

Customer queue outside the Old Spaghetti Factory

Item part is a photograph of a queue outside of the Old Spaghetti Factory location in Gastown (53 Water Street), taken from the sidewalk near the east corner of the building. Includes some of the front facade and the awning leading to the entrance on the side of the building. The signage for Trident Imports Ltd. (57 Water Street) is visible in the background and the Town Pump restaurant and cabaret (66 Water Street) is visible on the left.

Water Street sidewalk, Gastown Wax Museum and Design 21

Item part is a photograph of people congregating on the sidewalk outside of the Gastown Wax Museum (21 Water Street) and Design 21 (21 Water Street), the view is looking east down Water Street. The Hotel Europe (43 Powell Street, at Alexander) is visible in the background across Maple Tree Square.

Water Street sidewalk, Trident Imports

Item part is a photograph of Water Street looking west from outside Trident Imports Ltd. (57 Water Street). A smiling Buddha sign for Trident Imports is sitting on the sidewalk. The signage and facade of the Dominion Hotel (210 Abbot Street) is visible at the right.

Customer queue outside the Old Spaghetti Factory

Item part is a photograph of a queue outside of the Old Spaghetti Factory location in Gastown (53 Water Street), taken from the sidewalk outside the building. Signage for the Gastown Wax Museum (21 Water Street) and the Kego Club (21 Water Street) are visible further down the sidewalk. Across Water Street the storefront of Oceanic Coast Plus imports (26 Water Street) is visible. The Hotel Europe (43 Powell Street, at Alexander) is visible in the background across Maple Tree Square.

Customer queue outside the Old Spaghetti Factory

Item part is a photograph of a queue outside of the Old Spaghetti Factory location in Gastown (53 Water Street), taken from the sidewalk outside the building. Signage for the Gastown Wax Museum (21 Water Street) and the Kego Club (21 Water Street) are visible further down the sidewalk. The Hotel Europe (43 Powell Street, at Alexander) is visible in the background across Maple Tree Square.

Customer queue outside the Old Spaghetti Factory

Item part is a photograph of a queue outside of the Old Spaghetti Factory location in Gastown (53 Water Street), taken from across the street. Includes street view of automobiles and the front facade.

Customer queue outside the Old Spaghetti Factory

Item part is a photograph of a queue outside of the Old Spaghetti Factory location in Gastown (53 Water Street), taken from across the street. Includes street view of automobiles and the front facade.

Water Street sidewalk, Barkerville Inn and Colonial Hotel

Item part is a photograph of a crowded section of the sidewalk on the south side Water Street, looking west. The photo was taken from outside the Barkerville Inn restaurant (106 Water Street) and signage for the Colonial Hotel (122 Water Street) is visible further along the sidewalk.

Water Street sidewalk, Barkerville Inn and Dominion Hotel

Item part is a photograph of a section of the sidewalk on the south side Water Street, looking east. Storefronts and signage for various establishments are visible on both sides of the street. On the right, across the street, the facade of the Old Spaghetti Factory (53 Water Street) and the signs for Design 21 (21 Water Street) and the Kego Club (21 Water Street) are visible. Along the sidewalk on the right is the Barkerville Inn restaurant (106 Water Street) and the Dominion Hotel (210 Abbot Street). The Hotel Europe (43 Powell Street, at Alexander) is visible in the background across Maple Tree Square.

Hornby and Robson Street intersection

Item part is a photograph of the shops across the intersection of Hornby Street and Robson Street, looking northwest up Robson Street. Signage and storefronts of several businesses are visible: the Toronto Dominion Bank (1000 Robson), Murchie's Tea and Coffee Ltd. (1008 Robson Street), O'Brian Optician and Jewellers (1016 Robson Street), Happy Feet Shoe and Repair (1028 Robson Street), Schnitzel House (1060 Robson Street), and the European News & Import House (1044 Robson Street) on the left, The Card Shop (1001 Robson Street) and White Spot (1025 Robson Street) on the right. The Sheraton Landmark hotel and the Blue Horizon hotel are visible in the background.

Hornby and Robson Street intersection

Item part is a photograph of the shops across the intersection of Hornby Street and Robson Street, looking northwest up Robson Street. Signage and storefronts of several businesses are visible: the Toronto Dominion Bank (1000 Robson), Murchie's Tea and Coffee Ltd. (1008 Robson Street), O'Brian Optician and Jewellers (1016 Robson Street), Happy Feet Shoe and Repair (1028 Robson Street), Schnitzel House (1060 Robson Street), and the European News & Import House (1044 Robson Street) on the left, The Card Shop (1001 Robson Street) and White Spot (1025 Robson Street) on the right. The Sheraton Landmark hotel is visible in the background.

Robson Street sidewalk scene

Item part is a photograph of a street and sidewalk scene looking southeast down Robson Street from between Thurlow Street and Burrard Street. Signage and some storefronts are visible for many businesses, identified are: Galloways specialty foods (1084 Robson Street), Feinschmecker Delicatessen (1080 Robson Street), Schnitzel House (1060 Robson Street), Danish Tea Room Ltd. (1068 Robson Street), Continental Gem House (1056 Robson Street), and the European News & Import House (1044 Robson Street). The Eaton's Building (701 Granville Street) is visible in the background on the left.

Robson Street sidewalk scene

Item part is a photograph of a street and sidewalk scene looking southeast down Robson Street from between Thurlow Street and Burrard Street. Signage and some storefronts are visible for many businesses, identified are: Galloways specialty foods (1084 Robson Street), Feinschmecker Delicatessen (1080 Robson Street), Schnitzel House (1060 Robson Street), Danish Tea Room Ltd. (1068 Robson Street), Continental Gem House (1056 Robson Street), and the European News & Import House (1044 Robson Street). The Toronto Dominion Bank tower (700 W. Georgia Street) and the Eaton's Building (701 Granville Street) are visible in the background on the left.

Robson Plaza from across Robson Street

Item part is a photograph of the storefronts associated with Robson Plaza, taken from the sidewalk on the other side of Robson Street. The storefronts or signage of the following businesses are visible: News Hour (1139b Robson Street), Equinox Gallery (1139a Robson Street), Robson Fine Art Print Centre (1137 Robson Street), Ichophos (1135 Robson Street), La Joilie Madame (1133 Robson Street), Brandt's Tailors (1131 Robson Street), Fashion Originals (1129 Robson Street), Swiss Herbal Remedies (1127 Robson Street), and TeePee Sporting Goods Ltd. (1115 Robson Street).

Robson Street sidewalk

Item part is a photograph of the sidewalk on Robson Street looking southeast between Thurlow Street and Bute Street. The identified signage and storefronts are Noah's Ark pet store (1144 Robson Street), Peacock's Children's Wear (1142a Robson Street), ACE Radio and TV Service (1132a Robson Street), and Barristers and solicitors’ office (1132 Robson Street). White Spot (1025 Robson Street) and the Robson Street and Thurlow Street intersection are visible in the background.

Corner of Thurlow and Robson Street, looking southeast on Robson Street

Item part is a photograph of a street and sidewalk scene southeast down Robson Street from the intersection of Thurlow Street and Robson Street. Signage and some storefronts are visible for many businesses, identified are: Olympia Oyster & Fish Market (1094 Robson Street), Phil's Sportswear (1092 Robson Street), Pizza Inn (1090 Robson Street), Feinschmecker Delicatessen (1080 Robson Street), Schnitzel House (1060 Robson Street), Continental Gem House (1056 Robson Street), White Spot (1025 Robson Street), and C.E.B.A. Import and Export (1053-67 Robson Street).

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