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It’s Almost Time for Lunch – Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C., 1934


A damp and dreary November 5th did not seem to deter these Vancouverites from running their morning errands. Our source says we’re looking north along the west side of Granville toward the Canadian National Railroad freight office. The James Inglis Reid, Ltd. shop at number 559 next door to the Campbell Studio (farside of the street) had been at this location since 1915. Reid gained famed in Vancouver as a purveyor of ham, bacon and other fine meats that he butchered and cured on site. He was proud of his Scottish heritage and did much to promote it’s traditions in Vancouver.

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Other Scottish specialties such as white puddings, blood sausage and, of course, haggis could be found there and the neon sign on his marquee declaring “We Hae Meat That Ye Can Eat”, was a fixture in the neighborhood for many years. The every day cars lining the curb would certainly be welcome at any car show today. Aside from the late 20’s Auburn Convertible Coupe in the foreground and the pair of Fords directly across the street from it, which can you identify? Photo by Stuart Thomson used courtesy of the City of Vancouver. You’ll find many more scenes of daily life from their archives on The Old Motor.

2 responses to “It’s Almost Time for Lunch – Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C., 1934

  1. Behind the brand new Fordor a 1929-30 Graham-Paige. In the same row, behind the large 1931 Chrysler sedan witch the flatbed truck is just going to pass a 1927 (Studebaker) Erskine Model 50.

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