Old Photographs of Storefronts in Vancouver (1885-1910)

The Vancouver Archives are some of the best city archives in Canada, displaying thousands of images from around Vancouver, British Columbia and even the rest of Canada. Each time I visit I get lost in the history of the city for hours.

On my latest visit, I discovered some incredible photographs of storefronts dating all the way back to the 1800s. Storefronts are an interesting subject to study in history. From fashions to goods and from displays to costs of items, the images of storefronts show an ever changing city and an evolving civilisation adapting to the changing world around them.

There were so many images, that I decided to split them up into several posts. In this first post of old photographs of Vancouver storefronts I am sharing images from the years 1885-1910. Enjoy!

1885-J. Fred Hume and Company general store
1885-J. Fred Hume and Company general store
1886-Cordova Street [looking west from Carrall Street] five weeks after the fire
1886-Cordova Street [looking west from Carrall Street] five weeks after the fire
1887-Exterior of the Bayview Hotel on Cordova Street between Seymour Street and Granville Street
1887-Exterior of the Bayview Hotel on Cordova Street between Seymour Street and Granville Street
1887-The Gem and Jack Levy's cigar store on Cordova Street
1887-The Gem and Jack Levy’s cigar store on Cordova Street
1888-Hastings Mill Store
1888-Hastings Mill Store
1889-Hudson's Bay Company storefront at 150 Cordova Street
1889-Hudson’s Bay Company storefront at 150 Cordova Street
1890-George Robertson Gordon in front of his mens' wear store at 107 Carroll Street
1890-George Robertson Gordon in front of his mens’ wear store at 107 Carroll Street
1890-Vancouver Market, R.V. Winch, Prop[rietor] 1888 [20 Cordova Street]
1890-Vancouver Market, R.V. Winch, Proprietor 1888 [20 Cordova Street]
1890?-Big Boston Cheap Store at Abbott and Water Street
1890?-Big Boston Cheap Store at Abbott and Water Street
1890?-Exterior of the Brunswick House - 31 West Hastings Street
1890?-Exterior of the Brunswick House – 31 West Hastings Street
1890?-Geo. E. Trory jewelry store, 105 Cordova Street
1890?-Geo. E. Trory jewelry store, 105 Cordova Street
1892-Storefront of first Stark's Glasgow House dry goods store on Cordova Street
1892-Storefront of first Stark’s Glasgow House dry goods store on Cordova Street
1893-[Charles Gross in front of his shoe store at 313 Carrall Street]
1893-[Charles Gross in front of his shoe store at 313 Carrall Street]
1895-Exterior of R.V. Palmer's store at 929 Westminster Avenue (Main Street)
1895-Exterior of R.V. Palmer’s store at 929 Westminster Avenue (Main Street)
1896-Exterior of Mainland Feed Store and Chop Mills at 929 Westminster Avenue (Main Street)
1896-Exterior of Mainland Feed Store and Chop Mills at 929 Westminster Avenue (Main Street)
1898-Clarke and Stuart Books and Stationery store at 28 Cordova Street
1898-Clarke and Stuart Books and Stationery store at 28 Cordova Street
1900-Exterior of Grandview Table Supply, a groceries and provisions store with the proprietor and his young assistant at the door
1900-Exterior of Grandview Table Supply, a groceries and provisions store with the proprietor and his young assistant at the door
1900-Exterior view of W.H. Walsh Grocer
1900-Exterior view of W.H. Walsh Grocer
1900-Muriel Cornish, Wilfred Cornish, and Mary Tait on Marpole Bridge near Grauer's Store
1900-Muriel Cornish, Wilfred Cornish, and Mary Tait on Marpole Bridge near Grauer’s Store
1900?-View of the north side of the 100 Block of West Hastings Street
1900?-View of the north side of the 100 Block of West Hastings Street
1901-Exterior of Boult's Music Store and N. Caple and Co. Stationers, decorated for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York
1901-Exterior of Boult’s Music Store and N. Caple and Co. Stationers, decorated for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York
1903?-Wm. Urquhart Wines and Liquors, Cigars and Tobacco, exterior
1903?-Wm. Urquhart Wines and Liquors, Cigars and Tobacco, exterior
1903?-Wm. Urquhart Wines and Liquors, Cigars and Tobacco, storefront
1903?-Wm. Urquhart Wines and Liquors, Cigars and Tobacco, storefront
1904-Georgia Street at Hornby Street
1904-Georgia Street at Hornby Street
1904-Rubinowitz Departmental Stores Co. of B.C. Branch Store at the corner of Water and Abbott Street
1904-Rubinowitz Departmental Stores Co. of B.C. Branch Store at the corner of Water and Abbott Street
1905-Exterior of John Archibald MacMillan's grocery store and post office
1905-Exterior of John Archibald MacMillan’s grocery store and post office
1905-White and Bindon, Books, Stationery Etc
1905-White and Bindon, Books, Stationery Etc
1907-The south side of the Unit Block of Dupont (Pender) Street
1907-The south side of the Unit Block of Dupont (Pender) Street
1908-Banner across street at] Hastings and Abbott, Vancouver, B.C.
1908-Banner across street at] Hastings and Abbott, Vancouver, B.C.
1909-Southeast corner Broadway and Heather Street
1909-Southeast corner Broadway and Heather Street
1910-Bert A. Emery [standing with two other people in the entrance of Terry's Drug Store]
1910-Bert A. Emery [standing with two other people in the entrance of Terry’s Drug Store]
1910-Exterior of J.A. Pykes shoe store at 518 West Hastings Street
1910-Exterior of J.A. Pykes shoe store at 518 West Hastings Street
1910?-Exterior view of W.H. Walsh Grocer
1910?-Exterior view of W.H. Walsh Grocer
1910?-Hansford James Edwards in front of his store at 524 Renfrew Street
1910?-Hansford James Edwards in front of his store at 524 Renfrew Street
1910?-View of the 100 block Water Street looking west from the corner of Abbott and Water Streets
1910?-View of the 100 block Water Street looking west from the corner of Abbott and Water Streets