Dragon Figurehead of the Empress of Japan
The dragon figurehead of the Empress of Japan was installed on a concrete pedestal overlooking the First Narrows entrance to the harbor in November 1927.

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January 22 The cornerstone of Grace Hospital is laid.

February 3 Vancouver Maritime Museum Curator Emeritus Leonard McCann was born.

February 17 Jack Wasserman, Sun columnist, was born in Winnipeg. He came to Vancouver in 1935, at age 8.

February 22 Playboard publisher Harry Schiel was born in Vienna. He came to Vancouver in 1956.

February 25 NDP cabinet minister Norm Levi was born.

February The Vancouver Public Library maintains an extensive branch library system throughout the city. The first, the Kitsilano Branch at 2375 West 4th, opened this month.

March 7 Golden Ears Provincial Park was created.

March 22 The Joe Fortes fountain was unveiled.

April 9 A banquet was held at the Hotel Vancouver in honor of visiting Governor General Viscount Willingdon of Ratton, who’d assumed the office October 2, 1926. Willingdon Avenue in Burnaby is named for him.

April 15 Rudolph Verne formed the first ski club in western North America, the Hollyburn Pacific Ski Club. They claimed “the finest territory for Cross-Country Skiing in the Dominion.” The first organized ski competition was held from April 15 - 17.

Also April 15 Charles (Carl Gottfried) Doering, a brewer, born January 10, 1856 in Leipzig, Germany; died in Vancouver at age 71. He established the Doering & Marstrand Brewery in Mt. Pleasant, later sold it to Vancouver Breweries. His Mount Pleasant home, Constance Brissenden writes, was the first built south of False Creek after the 1886 Great Fire. His saloon, the Stag & Pheasant, was on Water Street.

Also April 15 Charles Trott Dunbar, a real estate developer, born in 1861, Rhode Island, died in Vancouver, aged about 66. He arrived in Vancouver in 1888. He promoted development of Dunbar Heights, with lots “selling like hotcakes” in 1906. On February 3, 1910, Dunbar won approval of the BC legislature to incorporate The Port Moody, Indian Arm & Northern Railway. By 1911, 100 men were employed grading the CPR line from Port Moody to the north side of Burrard Inlet opposite Barnet, along his proposed route.

April 26 Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen visited Vancouver, told of his dirigible flight over the North Pole.

May 7 Official opening of the Hotel Georgia in Vancouver. Read Sean Rossiter’s 1998 award-winning book The Hotel Georgia: A Vancouver Tradition. He has unearthed an astonishing wealth of facts about the hotel and its staff and guests. The celebrities who stayed at the Georgia, many of whom are pictured, included Edward, Prince of Wales (later the abdicating King Edward VIII), George, Duke of Kent (later King George VI), John Barrymore, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat ‘King’ Cole (who integrated the hotel), Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn and Beatrice Lillie.

My favorite story in the book tells of the sharp-witted Lillie sailing into her room followed by a flock of reporters and spotting a pigeon on the window sill. She opened the window and asked the pigeon, “Any messages?”

The day before its official opening a reporter for the Province toured the “magnificently finished” hotel, built at a cost of $2.5 million: “It is twelve storeys in height and contains 320 rooms, each with its own bath and each daintily furnished in walnut.”

The hotel today is known as the Crowne Plaza Georgia Hotel.

May 20 Charles Lindbergh took off from New York, aimed his Spirit of St. Louis for Paris.

May 21 Lindbergh landed in Paris, the world went nuts.

May A 9 p.m. curfew was introduced in North Vancouver City, as vandalism got out of hand.

Also May Hood Point Estates Ltd. Was formed to develop an exclusive summer community on Bowen Island.

Spring The Grouse Mountain Highway was completed. Some stretches of the original surface are said to be still visible, nearly 80 years later. The road cost $160,000, a considerably more impressive figure in 1927.

June 25 Vancouver and South Vancouver approved amalgamation.

June 27 Scientist and politician Pat McGeer was born.

July 1 The Diamond Jubilee (60th anniversary) of Canadian Confederation. David Spencer Stores presented “Tableaux of Canadian History and Industry.”

Also July 1 Gleneagles golf course, built on part of the old Larson estate in West Vancouver, opened for play. It was named after the Gleneagles links in Perthshire. According to a Scottish web site: “Little remains of Gleneagles Castle, the early 16th-century tower house of the Haldanes, but close by is the restored 16th-century Gleneagles Chapel, a private chapel, probably of greater antiquity, that gives the valley its Gaelic name which means 'the glen of the church'.”

July 4 CPR Piers “B” and “C” were officially opened as part of our Diamond Jubilee festivities.

July 8 One of the worst loss-of-life fires in Vancouver’s history occurred at the Royal Alexandra Apartment at Bute and Comox Streets. A painter's varnish and thinners caught fire and turned the building into an inferno in which eight people died.

July 21 Yip Sang (also known as Yip Chun Tien), a Chinatown pioneer born Sept. 6, 1845 in Canton, China, died in Vancouver. An orphan, he sailed at age 19 by junk from Hong Kong to San Francisco. He worked 17 years as a dishwasher, cook, cigar maker, came to Canada in 1881, settling in Vancouver's Chinatown. He started by selling sacks of coal door to door. He established the Wing Sang Co. in 1888. In 1889 he built the Wing Sang Building (51-67 E. Pender), the oldest standing structure in Chinatown. He married Lee Shee in China in 1886. In the early 1900s, as a CPR contractor, Yip supplied laborers in B.C. and Alberta and sold rail and steam tickets. After Lee Shee’s death, he remarried. He was married four times, had 19 sons and four daughters. A few years ago, his family donated his papers to the City of Vancouver Archives. See Saltwater City by Paul Yee for an excellent history of Chinatown. Yip Sang is prominently featured in Yee’s book.

August 16 The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) and his brother Prince George (later the Duke of Kent, and still later King George VI) visited Vancouver. It was Edward’s third time here. The first was in 1919, the second 1924. While he was here, Edward tried out the Dipper [roller coaster at PNE, demolished in 1948] one afternoon and liked it so well he returned in the evening.

August 17 John Oliver, premier of BC, died in office at age 71. He was born July 31, 1856, the son of a lead miner, in Church View Cottage in Hartington, England. When the mine closed in 1870 the family emigrated to Canada where John worked as a laborer on the CPR before becoming a farmer and then a politician. He was an early reeve of Delta. He became premier in 1918, held the post until his death. James Morton wrote a book (1933), Honest John Oliver: The Life Story of the Honourable John Oliver, Premier of British Columbia, 1918-1927. He was succeeded August 20 by John MacLean, who would serve to August 21, 1928: one year and a day.

August 24 Steve (Stephen Francis) Woodman, entertainer, was born in Saskatoon, Sask. He came to Vancouver in 1971.

September 2 The Rogers Building at Pender and Granville, erected in 1912 and there to this day, was sold for $1 million, the city’s largest real estate transaction to that time. The purchaser was General Frank "One-Arm" Sutton. For more than 90 years it has stood at the northeast corner of Pender and Granville, one of the handsomer office blocks in the city. The 10-storey white terra cotta building was named for Jonathon Rogers, a Welsh-born contractor who—in a nice illustration of the importance the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway would be to the city—was the first person to step down onto the platform when the first passenger train pulled in in May of 1887. “I feel that I am parting with an old friend,” Rogers said about the sale.

September 3 Charles Augustus Semlin, a farmer and a former B.C. premier (1898-1900), born in 1836, died in Ashcroft, aged 90. He is buried in Ashcroft.

September 21 The tradition of the silk trains in Canada is a powerful one. When these Canadian Pacific Railway trains, carrying silk from the Orient, sped east across the country all other trains were shunted to sidings to let them pass. Even a special train carrying a king of England, travelling west on a royal visit, was moved aside to let the silk through. So a derailment of one of these trains September 21, 1927 got a lot of attention. Ten cars of silk came thundering off the rails two miles east of Yale, and five of them ended up in the Fraser River. The value of the silk in the submerged cars was estimated at $1.5 million. This was the first accident in 20 years of the service. “During the past few months,” the Province said, “an enormous amount of silk has been despatched from Vancouver. It averaged a monthly value of $25,000,000 to $30,000,000.”

September 28 A three-manual Wurlitzer pipe organ, with thirteen sets of pipes, was shipped from the Wurlitzer factory in North Tonawanda, New York, to Vancouver for use in the soon-to-open Orpheum Theatre. It’s still there, the only pipe organ in Canada still in the theatre in which it was originally installed.

October 2 Grace Hospital opened in Vancouver.

Also October 2 The Province noted that a plaque in memory of the Royal Engineers will soon be placed near the entrance of the B.C. Penitentiary in New Westminster, the site where they began their surveys.

October 5 Future mayor Thomas (“Tom Terrific”) Campbell was born in Vancouver.

October 14 Future politician Grace McCarthy was born.

October 17 The business periodical Journal of Commerce ran an editorial against the building of skyscrapers in Vancouver.

November 3 Actress Florence Paterson was born in St. John's, Nfld. In 1989 she and her husband John moved to Vancouver to be near family. She would eventually receive the Vancouver Arts Council Life Achievement Award.

November 5 Woodward’s has a big advertisement in the Vancouver Sun headlined “36 Years of Continuous Progress.” The ad showed the company’s expansion over the years, with a drawing of the first store on Main Street in 1891. The first store at the “present location” (Hastings and Abbott) opened in 1903 with 43,560 square feet. The store today had 357,108 square feet, more than eight times the size. Much of the ad is devoted to explaining the Woodward’s fight against the “price combines.” “The old timers,” the copy says, “will remember our fight against the Drug combine in the early days when we stood alone . . . At present there is a Tobacco combination trying to cut off our supplies unless we raise our prices. This we refuse to do . . .”

November 7 The Orpheum Theatre opened, and had its first shows. (The official opening would take place the next day, November 8.) There were several vaudeville acts, and a movie called The Wise Wife. In the audience, a 14-year-old kid named Hugh Pickett. The Orpheum was a richly ornamented gem that, when it opened, was the biggest in Canada: 3,000 seats. The architect—his name was Marcus Priteca, and he was born in Scotland—designed dozens of entertainment palaces in his long career, imbuing them with a richness that still dazzles visitors. A gigantic chandelier— imported from Czechoslovakia—throws its light upon the thousands of seats below . . . the ceiling of the upper lobby was inspired by an Indian temple . . . costly paintings and hangings surrounded early theatre-goers on every side.

A U.S. designer named Tony Heinsbergen worked on the Orpheum’s decor and color; he was in his early 30s and already a much-seasoned designer. He chose as the four main colors ivory, moss green, gold and burgundy. (Amazingly, Heinsbergen was brought back in 1977, fifty years later, to participate in the theatre’s renovation. He painted the mural on the ceiling dome. He was 82 at the time.)

The Orpheum, in the heart of downtown, is home today to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, but free tours are available during the day.

With the opening of the New Orpheum (that’s what it was called at first) the old Orpheum, at 761 Granville Street, was renamed the Vancouver Theatre.

November 8 Official opening of the Orpheum Theatre. The first manager was William A. Barnes.

Also November 8 A macabre coincidence as the Sun announces the death in Evanston, Illinois of Jeffery Lydiatt, a former manager of Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre (the old one). At the time of his death Lydiatt was general manager of the Western Vaudeville Managers’ Assn.

Speaking of the Orpheum, 28-year-old Ivan Ackery happened to be manager at a rival theatre, the Victoria on Victoria Drive near East 43rd. “And I remember going down Granville Street that year, and I thumbed my nose at the Orpheum. Oh, I was so jealous.” He had no idea that about eight years later they’d put him in charge of running the place, the biggest theatre in Canada.

November 8 A story appears in the Province: “The last two totems preserved at the Musquiam [sic] Reserve, Point Grey, were presented to UBC on Thanksgiving Day by Chef Tsem Lano at the final event on Varsity’s annual ‘homecoming’ celebration programme.”

Also November 8 At an afternoon meeting of Vancouver city council there was a “fiery debate” over the location of fire department headquarters. The headquarters at the time was on Seymour Street between Robson and Georgia. Ald. H.E. Almond made an unsuccessful plea to have a new hall located at Richards and Nelson.

November 9 The new Anglican Church theological college building opened at UBC. Architects: Thompson, Berwick and Pratt.

November 10 Constable Ernest Sargent, VPD, was killed while on duty.

Also November 10 Page One in the Province: “Vancouver capital has become interested in a proposal to replace Second Narrows Bridge by a dam and a series of locks to create a fresh water basin east of the Narrows, it is reported. W.G. Swan, consulting engineer for a company which, it is said, will be known as the Burrard Causeways Ltd., is in Ottawa in connection with the scheme.”

Also November 10 His Excellency the Most Reverend Andrea Cassulo, papal delegate to Canada and Newfoundland, arrived in Vancouver for a visit of four days. He was met at the CNR station by leaders of the Catholic clergy and laity of the city.

November The dragon figurehead of the Empress of Japan was installed on a concrete pedestal overlooking the First Narrows entrance to the harbor. The ship itself (which criss-crossed the Pacific from 1891 to 1922) had been scrapped in 1926, and the figurehead dumped. Frank Burd, publisher of the Province at the time, learned of its disposal and, with a handful of like-minded people, decided to rescue it. A plaque was attached, stating the figurehead was a gift to the citizens of Vancouver. The weather treated the dramatic old dragon badly, and in 1960 it was replaced by the fibreglass copy there today. The original has been carefully restored, and is on display in the Maritime Museum.

December 12 Chris Gage (born Christian Geisinger), jazz pianist and composer was born in Regina, Sask. He came to Vancouver at age 17, blossomed into a top-notch musician.

December 14 The first high school building in West Vancouver opened. Inglewood High School had modern facilities, like two machine shops and an auditorium/gymnasium.

Also in 1927

Vancouver’s population was rising at about 1,000 people a month.

Two-year terms and staggered elections were introduced for Vancouver council, with one-half of council standing for election each year. (Previous terms had been for one year. Since 1990 terms have been three years long.)

CFXC changed its call letters to CJOR and became Vancouver's major station for many years.

CFDC changed its call letters to CKWX.

The CNR's Vancouver station, CNRV, produced Canada's first regular drama series on radio, beginning this year. (The CNRV Players would last until 1932, heard across the country on the railway's network.)

J. V. Clyne, 25, was admitted to the BC bar. (While a UBC student, he had worked summers as a cowboy, a sawmill laborer, a deckhand and a placer gold miner.) He will become a judge on the BC Supreme Court in 1950, and later the head of forestry firm MacMillan Bloedel.

Construction began on the Japanese Hall and Japanese School at 475 Alexander Street. It would be finished in 1928. It’s still there, a heritage building.

Construction began on Tudor Manor at 1311 Beach. Another heritage building, and another finished in 1928.

Leon Mandrake, born in 1911 in New Westminster, began touring with his magic show. By the 1940s he will become a top box-office attraction. He was the first magician to play nightclubs. The comic strip Mandrake the Magician was inspired by him.

Kiyoko Tanaka-Goto opened a brothel on the upper floor of 35 West Hastings. She ran the place, with 12 girls, from 1927 to 1941. Her story, self-told in the excellent Opening Doors, is a fascinating look at the Vancouver of the time.

The Columbia Theatre opened in New Westminster. See the theatre website, an excellent site. To quote it: “The Columbia opened in 1927, in the heyday of North American theatres and during a major building boom in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. It was the region’s only ‘atmospheric’ theatre, a name used to describe the manner of celebrated American architect John Eberson, who transported theatre-goers into a world of fantasy.” The architects were Townley and Matheson, a Vancouver firm most well known for its design of Vancouver City Hall. Like the Orpheum, the Columbia offered a combination of vaudeville, movies and live music. And, like the Orpheum, it eventually became a movie house. Today, after extensive refurbishing it is now the Burr Theatre, named in recognition of New Westminster-born actor Raymond Burr.

Kew Ghim Yip, physician, born in Vancouver in 1902, began to practice medicine in Chinatown. (He had taken his medical training at Queen's and interned as a doctor in Ann Arbor, Michigan because of B.C. restrictions on Asian hospital interns.) He would treat patients for more than 40 years, from 1927 to 1968. “In the days before medical coverage,” Constance Brissenden writes, “he conducted a free weekly clinic at Main and Hastings for old age pensioners and others.”

An advertisement appeared in the local newspapers for a raffle. For $1 you got a chance to win Glen Brae, the lavish Shaughnessy mansion.

The Hudson's Bay Company got Vancouver's first postage meter.

A home at the northeast corner of West 67th Avenue and Hudson Street was converted to become Vancouver's first Children's Hospital.

Jack Benny married Mary Livingstone. See 1922 for the Vancouver connection.

Arthur Delamont launches the Kitsilano Boys Band. It will become a Vancouver institution.

The Vancouver Tourist Association answered 24,000 phone calls for information this year. We called Tourism Vancouver to get present-day statistics: “In 2004,” they told us, “we will handle 2.5 million inquiries through a combination of phone calls, e-mail, mail, web inquiries and in-person visitor centre inquiries.”

In 1927 Ryerson College, Westminster Hall and a Congregational College amalgamated to form Union College.

Artist J. Williams Ogden presented a huge and wonderfully colored illumination to the Union College. Words cannot convey the impact of this big, beautiful thing. The grandly and painstakingly-shaped words refer to the building of the college (now absorbed into the Vancouver School of Theology) and they're lavishly decorated and colored. Ogden presented it to the college when he joined the United Church this year—he was given a D.D. by them, too. With the renovation work going on in this area today we’re not sure when it will be available for viewing again.

L.D. Taylor got elected mayor. Again.

The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, formed in 1903, opened a permanent clubhouse at Jericho on English Bay. Since 1905, they had been in a two-storey floating clubhouse in the shelter of Deadman’s Island.

The Salvation Army opened what is now called “old Grace Hospital” at 26th Avenue and Heather Street. The cornerstone for that building was to be laid by Premier John Oliver, but he was ill that day, so Vancouver banker Mayne Hamilton and architect Enoch Adams performed the ceremony .

Voters in North Vancouver City and North Vancouver District approved a new hospital bylaw. The North Vancouver General Hospital would open in 1929.

The Women's Institute Hospital Association for Crippled Children leased a large house at 8264 Hudson Street for a 16-bed children*s hospital. They will admit the first patient in January, 1928.

Ethlyn Trapp, radiologist, who was born July 18, 1891 in New Westminster, earned her MD this year at McGill. She will have a distinguished career, become the first woman to be president of the B.C. Medical Association (1946-47).

Eileen Underhill, born April 1, 1889 in Moosomin, Sask., who moved to Vancouver in 1910, began her 10-year domination of badminton in BC. She was considered BC’s all-time best female badminton player.

This was the first year that the making of “quota quickie” movies was mandated: a new law required theatres within the British Empire to show a minimum of 20 per cent British Empire-made films over the 10 years 1927 to 1937.

Two-car streetcars went into service in Vancouver.

The municipality of Point Grey was served by three streetcar lines.

A streetcar line was now bringing people from distant points along Georgia Street to Stanley Park, where they alighted at Lost Lagoon.

The C.D. Howe Company built the Alberta Wheat Pool grain elevators at the foot of Cassiar Street.

The North Burnaby Public Library opened with 125 books.

The family firm of H.Y. Louie Co. was incorporated with five employees. It has since become an important drugstore and wholesale grocery business, employing 2,000 people by 1986.

Burnaby's volunteer firemen were paid $3 per man for each fire attended and for time spent manning the firehall in 12-hour shifts. Their first fire truck was a converted 1927 Packard truck.

The Richmond Athletic Club was formed by Pete Rolston (not the well-known TV personality!) The club included football, tennis, badminton and softball teams.

Phil Jackman, the last surviving member of the Royal Engineers who opted to stay behind, rather than return to England, died, aged 92. He was born in 1835 in Devon, and came to B.C. as one of the Royal Engineers in 1859, staying on in New Westminster after the corps was disbanded in 1863. Jackman built the road to False Creek on a private contract. For nine years he was New Westminster's one-man police force, toting drunken miscreants to jail in a wheelbarrow. “With his wife Sara Ann Lovegrove,” says researcher Ian Chunn, “he homesteaded on 160 acres in Langley, ran a store, surveyed for the railway, and was reeve from 1895-97. It was he who gave the name ‘Aldergrove’ to the locale, perhaps inspired by his wife's maiden name.” And, says the interesting Fort Langley Web site, because of all the alder trees.

No. 13 and No. 15 Firehalls in Vancouver, both closed in 1917, were reopened.

Winnipeg-born (1920) jazz columnist and broadcaster Bob Smith came to Vancouver.

The Sisters of Charity of Halifax, a Catholic order, moved to Vancouver Heights to operate a school.

George Frederick Curtis, who will become the first Dean of the Law Faculty at UBC in 1945, graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, and was named a Rhodes Scholar.

The B.C. government introduced laws regulating the marketing of tree fruits and vegetables.

Walter H. Gage, 22, a future president of UBC, began teaching mathematics at Victoria College, a UBC affiliate.

Dal (Albert Edward) Grauer, 21, a future president of the B.C. Electric Railway, was named a Rhodes Scholar.

Greeks in Vancouver (there were about 2,000 at the time) joined to found the St. George Orthodox Hellenic Community. See the Hellenes of BC website.

B’Nai B’rith Women was founded.

The Council of Jewish Women free Well Baby Clinic started.

Printer Gustav Roedde sold his house in the West End to H.W. Jeffreys. It later became a boarding house, the “Oehlerking Rooms.” The City of Vancouver would buy the building in 1966. Beautifully restored and called Roedde House, it is now used for community activities.

St. Francis-in-the-Wood Anglican Church was built at 4797 South Piccadilly in West Vancouver. The architect was Harry A. Stone. “This charming building,” writes architectural historian Harold Kalman, “designed to look like an English village church, remains a popular spot for weddings as well as being a place of worship for its suburban parish.”

C.B.K. (Charles Burwell Kerrins) Van Norman, architect (born March 20, 1907 in Meaford, Ont.), graduated in architecture from the University of Manitoba. He will come to Vancouver in 1928.

Kosaburo Shimizu, United Church minister, who was born September 13, 1893 in Tsuchida, Japan, and came to BC about 1906, was ordained by the United Church.

Robert McKee was chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade.

G.H. Dorrell was president this year of the Vancouver Real Estate Board. He would repeat in 1938.

Pacific Salvage Company and North Vancouver Ship Repairs was built into a successful business by the Burdick brothers.

Major J.S. Matthews, soon to become the city’s archivist, ran unsuccessfully for the Vancouver Park Board (and, again unsuccessfully, in 1928). He was, at the time, director of the Arts, Historical, and Scientific Society (predecessor to the museum).

Furnished apartments at Burrard and Thurlow were rented for $45 to 80 per week.

Sculptor Jack Harman was born in Vancouver.

Pacific Affairs: an International Review of Asia and the Pacific, a scholarly journal dealing with Asia and the Pacific, and published quarterly, first appeared. Publisher is Pacific Affairs, UBC.

Southland, the U.S.-company that operates 7-Eleven Stores, began this year. Of the company’s 15,000+ stores world-wide, Metropolitan Vancouver has more than 70. Southland is the largest operator, franchiser and licensor of convenience stores in the world. It adopted the name 7-Eleven in 1946 to reflect the fact the stores were open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Today, virtually all 7-Elevens are open 24 hours a day.

A fire at Athletic Park, the baseball field, made extensive repairs necessary.

UBC began collecting ethnographic material. Much of it is preserved today at the Museum of Anthropology on the UBC campus.

A young Grouse summer employee, seventeen-year-old Lindsay Loutit, formed the Grouse Mountain Ski Club to provide new skiers with lessons and equipment rentals.

Local movie historian Michael Walsh says Policing The Plains, made this year by A.D. “Cowboy” Kean, was the first Canadian-made feature film shot locally. His description: “A frontier romance made to honor the men and traditions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, director Kean's feature was a passionate attempt to found a domestic film industry.”

Radio was still in its infancy. Here are the stations listed in the city directory in 1927 in Metropolitan Vancouver:

CFCQ Sprott Shaw Radio Co., 336 West Hastings

CFDC Sparks Co., 1220 Seymour

CFYC Commercial Radio Ltd., 718 Granville Street

CJOR Commercial Broadcasting Service, 607-850 West Hastings

CKCD Vancouver Daily Province, 198 West Hastings

CNRV Canadian National Railways, 1150 Main Street

A 1927 Ford Model T
1927 Ford Model T


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Miss Eugene Archibald, Head of Reference Department, Carnegie Public Library, 1927 (photo: VPL 22641)
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Yip Sang, a Chinatown pioneer, built the
Wing Sang Building (51-67 E. Pender),
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From the CN Collection, a view of Granville Street in 1927.
From the CN Collection, a view of
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Tudor Manor (photo: Maurice Jassak www.seevancouverheritage.com)
Tudor Manor
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