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Vancouver Neon Nights

In the 1950s Vancouver was said to be second only to Shanghai in the number of neon signs per capita in the city. Neon Products Ltd, a company established in Vancouver in 1928, and the largest manufacturer of neon signs in Western Canada, estimated that in 1953 there were 19,000 neon signs in Vancouver, one for every 18 residents. In many ways the grey cityscape and frequently wet sidewalks of Vancouver provided a perfect backdrop for neon. The black and white photography of the time wonderfully reflects this mid-century ambience, as can be seen from the photos in this set. Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs.
Theatre Row VPL_81525A
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Ingledews VPL_27165

PHOTO NUMBER: 27165.DESCRIPTION: Ingledews Shoes, Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Dominion Photo Company.DATE: 1946.SUBJECTS:stores, Retail, Shoes, Neon.More information on our historical photog... more

Royal Theatre VPL_11024

PHOTO NUMBER: 11024.DESCRIPTION: Granville Street, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Stuart Thomson.DATE: 192-.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection: www.vpl.ca/histor... more

West Hastings VPL_22253

PHOTO NUMBER:22253.DESCRIPTION: West Hastings Street at night, Vancouver, BC, .PHOTOGRAPHER: Dominion Photo Company.DATE: 1926.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Army & Navy Department Store, Neon.More information on our... more

Beacon Theatre. VPL_11021

PHOTO NUMBER: 11021.DESCRIPTION: Beacon Theatre in old Pantages Theatre location, 20 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Leonard Frank.DATE: 1932.SUBJECTS:Theatres, Neon.More information on our ... more

Capitol Theatre VPL_23587 820, Granville Street, Central, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PHOTO NUMBER: 23587.DESCRIPTION: Capitol Theatre, 820 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Dominion Photograph Company.DATE: 1934.SUBJECTS:Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical photograph... more

Neon lights Granville V PL_4354

PHOTO NUMBER: 4364.DESCRIPTION: Granville Street looking South from Dunsmuir, Vancouver, BC..PHOTOGRAPHER: Leonard Frank.DATE: 1936.SUBJECTS: Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection: www... more

Plaza Theatre VPL_16407

PHOTO NUMBER: 16407.DESCRIPTION: Granville Street, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Stuart Thomson.DATE: 1937.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection: www.vpl.ca/histor... more

Globe Theatre VPL_16396

PHOTO NUMBER: 16396.DESCRIPTION: Globe Theatre 800 block of Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Leonard Frank Studio.DATE: 1937.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Granville Street, Neon.More information on our hist... more

Plaza Theatre. VPL_16412

PHOTO NUMBER: 16412.DESCRIPTION: Plaza and other thetares,, Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Stuart Thomson.DATE: 1938.SUBJECTS:Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collec... more

Astoria Theatre VPL_24409

PHOTO NUMBER: 24409.DESCRIPTION: Astoria Theatre, 147-149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Dominion Photograph Company.DATE: 1938.SUBJECTS:Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical ph... more

Paradise Theatre VPL_16411

PHOTO NUMBER: 16411.DESCRIPTION: Granville Street, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Stuart Thomson.DATE: 1938.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection: www.vpl.ca/histor... more

Granville & Georgia VPL_31977

PHOTO NUMBER: 31977.DESCRIPTION: Granville Street from Georgia looking north, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Unknown.DATE: unknown.SUBJECTS: West Georgia Street, Granville Street, Neon.More information on our hist... more

Simson Maxwell VPL_80807

PHOTO NUMBER: 80807.DESCRIPTION: Exterior Simson Maxwell Ltd., diesel engines, West Georgia, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 194-.SUBJECTS: Simson Maxwell Ltd., Neon.More information on our histor... more

Sea Food Grotto VPL_26392

PHOTO NUMBER: 26392.DESCRIPTION: Lido Seafood Grotto at night, Granville Street, Vancouver BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Dominion Photo Company.DATE: 1945.SUBJECTS: Restaurants, Neon.More information on our historical ph... more

Sun Building VPL_27181

PHOTO NUMBER: 27181.DESCRIPTION: Sun Building at night, Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC..PHOTOGRAPHER: Dominion Photo Company.DATE: 1946.SUBJECTS: Sun Publishing Company Ltd., Neon.More information on our histo... more

Granville Street Theatres VPL_27166

PHOTO NUMBER: 27166.DESCRIPTION: Theatres along Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Dominion Photo Company.DATE: 1946.SUBJECTS:Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection:... more

Orpheum VPL_80714A Orpheum Theatre,Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

PHOTO NUMBER: 80714.DESCRIPTION: Orpheum Theatre at night ,Granville Street, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Art Jones.DATE: 1948.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collectio... more

Neon Signs VPL_80515

PHOTO NUMBER: 80515.DESCRIPTION: Neon signs - multiple exposure, Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1948.SUBJECTS: Signs and signboards, Neon.More information on our historical photo... more

Clinton Clothes VPL_80527

PHOTO NUMBER: 80527.DESCRIPTION: Clinton Clothes, 700 block of Granville, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Artray.DATE: 1948.SUBJECTS:Retail stores, Clothing Trade, Neon.More information on our historical photograph... more

Ferguson Hardware VPL_80579D

PHOTO NUMBER: 81055A.DESCRIPTION: Ferguson's Hardware and Furniture in Marpole, 9090 Hudson Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Artray.DATE: 1948.SUBJECTS: Furniture Industry and Trade, Hudson Street, Neon.More ... more

Village Bakeries VPL_80557

PHOTO NUMBER: 80557.DESCRIPTION: Village Bakeries sign by Neolite Ltd., Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Art Jones.DATE: 1948.SUBJECTS: Neolite Ltd., Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection... more

Clinton Clothes VPL_80500

PHOTO NUMBER: 80500.DESCRIPTION: Clinton Clothes, 700 block of Granville, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Artray.DATE: 1948.SUBJECTS:Retail stores, Clothing trade, Neon.More information on our historical photograph... more

Clapps Shoes VPL_80511

PHOTO NUMBER: 80511.DESCRIPTION: Sweet 16, Clapps Shoes, Kirk's Clothes, 4400 block of West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Artray.DATE: 1948.SUBJECTS:Retail stores, Clothing trade, West 10th Avenue, N... more

Clapps Shoes VPL_80510B

PHOTO NUMBER: 80510B.DESCRIPTION: Exterior view of Clapps shoes, ;X-ray fitting sign, 4400 block West 1oth Avenue, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Artray.DATE: 1948.SUBJECTS:Retail stores, Shoe stores, Neon.More i... more

Kent Shoe Store VPL_80667

PHOTO NUMBER: 80667.DESCRIPTION: West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Art Jones.DATE: 1948 .SUBJECTS: Retail stores, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection: www.vpl.ca/his... more

Orpheum VPL_80714

PHOTO NUMBER: 80714.DESCRIPTION: Orpheum Theatre at night Granville Street, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Art Jones.DATE: 1948.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collectio... more

Sun Building VPL_81052C Beatty Street, Central, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PHOTO NUMBER: 81052C.DESCRIPTION: Sun Building at night, Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC..PHOTOGRAPHER:Artray.DATE: 1949.SUBJECTS: Sun Publishing Company Ltd., Neon.More information on our historical photograph... more

Dueck Chevrolet Sign. VPL_81056A

PHOTO NUMBER: 81056A.DESCRIPTION: Dueck Chevrolet Neon Sign, Daily Province Newspaper Billboard, Granville & West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Artray.DATE: 1949.SUBJECTS:Billboards, Neon.More informati... more

Sun Building VPL_81052A

PHOTO NUMBER: 81052A.DESCRIPTION: Sun Building at night, Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC..PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1949.SUBJECTS: Sun Publishing Company Ltd., Neon.More information on our historical photograp... more

Sun Building VPL_81052B

PHOTO NUMBER: 81052B.DESCRIPTION: Sun Building at night, Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC..PHOTOGRAPHER: Dominion Photo Company.DATE: 1949.SUBJECTS: Sun Publishing Company Ltd., Neon.More information on our hist... more

Dueck Chevrolet Sign. VPL_81056

PHOTO NUMBER: 81056.DESCRIPTION: Dueck Chevrolet Neon Sign, Daily Province Newspaper Billboard, Granville & West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Artray.DATE: 1949.SUBJECTS:Billboards, Neon.More informatio... more

Gerry's Gowns VPL_81055A

PHOTO NUMBER: 81055A.DESCRIPTION: Gerry's Gowns on 774 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Artray.DATE: 1949.SUBJECTS: Retail Trade, Granville Street, Neon.More information on our historical photograph... more

West Hastings VPL_81061

PHOTO NUMBER:81061.DESCRIPTION: 300 to 400 blocks West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, .PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1949.SUBJECTS: Shores Jewelers, Clamans, Calhouns, Dick's Men's Wear, Neon.More information on ... more

Gerry's Gowns VPL_81055

PHOTO NUMBER: 81055.DESCRIPTION: Gerry's Gowns on 774 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Artray.DATE: 1949.SUBJECTS: Retail Trade, Granville Street, Neon.More information on our historical photograph ... more

White Lunch Cafeteria VPL_81360

PHOTO NUMBER:81360.DESCRIPTION: White Lunch Cafeteria neon sign over sidewalk, West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1950.SUBJECTS:: Restaurants, Neon.More information on our historica... more

White Lunch Cafeteria VPL_81360B

PHOTO NUMBER:81360B.DESCRIPTION: White Lunch Cafeteria neon sign over sidewalk, West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1950.SUBJECTS:: Restaurants, Neon.More information on our historic... more

Neon Signs- multiple exposuresVPL_81143

PHOTO NUMBER: 81143.DESCRIPTION: Neon signs - multiple exposure, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1950.SUBJECTS: Signs and signboards, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection: ... more

White Lunch Cafeteria VPL_81449

PHOTO NUMBER:81449.DESCRIPTION: East side of block on Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1950.SUBJECTS::Restaurants, English Toffee Shop, Neon.More information on our historical photogra... more

Seafoods Restaurant VPL_81206

PHOTO NUMBER: 81206.DESCRIPTION: Fish & Oyster Bar, Granville Street, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray beauty Salon, .More information on our historical photograph collection: www.vpl.ca/historicalph... more

Players Cigarettes neon sign.VPL_81356

PHOTO NUMBER: 81356.DESCRIPTION: Granville & Georgia Streets, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1950.SUBJECTS: Drug stores, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection: www.vpl... more

Theatre Row VPL_81525 Granville Street, Theatre Row, Vancouver, BC.

PHOTO NUMBER: 81525.DESCRIPTION: Night on Granville Street, Theatre Row, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1951 .SUBJECTS: Theatres, Neon. More information on our historical photograph collection: w... more

Aristocratic Restaurant VPL_81669 Granville Street & West Broadway, Vancouver, BC

PHOTO NUMBER: 81669.DESCRIPTION: Aristocratic Restaurant, Granville Street & West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1951.SUBJECTS:Restaurants, Neon.More information on our historical photogra... more

Theatre Row VPL_81525A

PHOTO NUMBER: 81525A.DESCRIPTION: Night on Granville Street,Theatre Row, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1951.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection: ww... more

Aristocratic Restaurant VPL_81669A

PHOTO NUMBER: 81669A.DESCRIPTION: Aristocratic Restaurant on 2856 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1951.SUBJECTS:Restaurants, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collecti... more

Supervalu VPL_83312E East Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PHOTO NUMBER: 83312E.DESCRIPTION: Supervalu Supermarket, East Hastings, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Doug Cronk.DATE: 1952 .SUBJECTS: Supermarkets, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collect... more

Rootes Motors Ltd. VPL_83273

PHOTO NUMBER: 83273.DESCRIPTION: West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: George Smith.DATE: 1952.SUBJECTS: Rootes Mottors Ltd,, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection: www.vpl.ca/hi... more

Supervalu VPL_83312F

PHOTO NUMBER: 83321F.DESCRIPTION: Supervalu Supermarket, East Hastings, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Doug Cronk.DATE: 1952. SUBJECTS: Supermarkets, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collect... more

Aristocratic Restaurant VPL_82363F

PHOTO NUMBER: 82363F.DESCRIPTION: Aristocratic Restaurant, 3400 Kingsway,, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1953.SUBJECTS:Restaurants, Neon.More information on our historical photograph collection: ww... more

West Georgia VPL_82392A

PHOTO NUMBER:82392A.DESCRIPTION: Looking East from 800 Block West Georgia at night, Vancouver, BC, .PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1953.SUBJECTS: Granville Street, Neon.More information on our historical photograph... more

Okanagan Fruit Sign VPL_82644

PHOTO NUMBER: 82644.DESCRIPTION: B.C. fruit neon sign for Okanagan fruit. Located at Monty's Spare Ribs.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1954.SUBJECTS: Monty's Spare Ribs, Neon.More information on our historical p... more

Okanagan Fruit Sign VPL_82644A

PHOTO NUMBER: 82644A.DESCRIPTION: B.C. fruit neon sign for Okanagan fruit. Located at Monty's Spare Ribs.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1954.SUBJECTS: Monty's Spare Ribs, Neon.More information on our historical ... more

Monty's VPL_82559

PHOTO NUMBER: 82559.DESCRIPTION: Monty's Spare Ribs Restaurant, Richards Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Art Jones.DATE: 1954.SUBJECTS: Restaurants, Neon.More information on our historical photograph col... more

Montreal Trust VPL_49594

PHOTO NUMBER: 49594.DESCRIPTION: Montreal Trust Building, Granville and Georgia looking north west.PHOTOGRAPHER: unknown.DATE: 1955.SUBJECTS: Billboards, Neon.More information on our historical photograph co... more

Cunningham Drugs. VPL_49598

PHOTO NUMBER: 49598.DESCRIPTION: Cunningham Drugs Ltd, Granville & Georgia looking north, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:unknown.DATE: 1955.SUBJECTS:Drug stores, Neon.More information on our historical photograph c... more

Granville Bridge VPL_82946B

PHOTO NUMBER: 82946B.DESCRIPTION: View of north end of Granville Bridge looking north Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray (Len McGregor).DATE: 1956.SUBJECTS: Granville Street Bridge, Neon.More information on ou... more

Vogue Theatre VPL_80284 918, Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PHOTO NUMBER:80284C.DESCRIPTION: Vogue Theatre at night with spotlights, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Croton Studio.DATE: 1958.SUBJECTS: Granville Street, Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical phot... more

Vogue Theatre VPL_80284B

PHOTO NUMBER:80284B.DESCRIPTION: Vogue Theatre at night with spotlights, Vancouver, BC. .PHOTOGRAPHER: Croton Studio.DATE: 1958.SUBJECTS: Granville Street, Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical phot... more

Vogue Theatre VPL_80284C

PHOTO NUMBER:80284C.DESCRIPTION: People lined up for the opening of the Defiant Ones at the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC, .PHOTOGRAPHER: Croton Studio.DATE: 1958.SUBJECTS: Granville Street, Theatres, Neon.More ... more

Granville Street at Night. VPL_65548

PHOTO NUMBER:65448.DESCRIPTION: 700-800 blocks of Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:William Roozeboom.DATE: 1958.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Granville Street, Neon.More information on our historical photogra... more

Artray Sign VPL_82224

PHOTO NUMBER: 82224.DESCRIPTION: Man in convertible parked outside Artray photograph Studios, ,781 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Artray.DATE: 1953.SUBJECTS:Artray Photographers Ltd., Photograph... more

Bamboo Terrace Restarant VPL_2000A 149, East Pender Street, Central, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PHOTO NUMBER: 2000A.DESCRIPTION: Bamboo Terrace Chinese Restaurant, 155 East Pender Street, Hong Kong Cafe Co. 149, East Pender Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER: Province Newspaper.DATE: 1961.SUBJECTS:Rest... more

Chinatown VPL_2002

PHOTO NUMBER: 2002.DESCRIPTION: W.K. Chop Suey, Foo Hung Cho Curios, Pender Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:unknown.DATE: 1961.SUBJECTS:Retail stores, Neon.More information on our historical photograph colle... more

Coronet Theatre VPL_43348

PHOTO NUMBER: 43348.DESCRIPTION: New Coronet Theatre on the 800 block of Granville Street, Vancouver, BC .PHOTOGRAPHER:Province Newspaper.DATE: 1964.SUBJECTS:Theatres, Neon.More information on our historical p... more

Employment Line. VPL_40680A

PHOTO NUMBER: 40680A.DESCRIPTION: Employment Line, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Province Newspaper.DATE: 1966.SUBJECTS: Unemployed, Rayonier Canada Ltd., Neon.More information on our historical photograph collect... more

Employment Line. VPL_40680

PHOTO NUMBER: 40680.DESCRIPTION: Employment Line, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Province Newspaper.DATE: 1966.SUBJECTS: Unemployed, Rayonier Canada Ltd., Neon.More information on our historical photograph collecti... more

Granville at night VPL 43347 800, Granville Street, Central, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PHOTO NUMBER:43347.DESCRIPTION: Theatre Row, 800 block of Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Province Newspaper.DATE: 1968.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Granville Street, Neon.More information on our historical... more

Granville Theatres VPL_85922Q 900 block of Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

PHOTO NUMBER: 85922Q.DESCRIPTION: Theatres along 900 block of Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Curt Lang.DATE: 1972.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Granville Street, Neon.More information on our historical phot... more

Granville Theatres VPL_85922H

PHOTO UMBER:85922H.DESCRIPTION: Theatres along 900 block of Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Curt Lang.DATE: 1972.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Granville Street, Neon.More information on our historical photog... more

Granville Theatres VPL_85922i

PHOTO NUMBER: 85922i.DESCRIPTION: Theatres along 900 block of Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Curt Lang.DATE: 1972.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Granville Street, Neon.More information on our historical phot... more

Granville Theatres VPL_85922G

PHOTO NUMBER: 85922G.DESCRIPTION: Theatres along 900 block of Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Curt Lang.DATE: 1972.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Granville Street, Neon.More information on our historical phot... more

Granville Theatres VPL_85922F

PHOTO NUMBER: 85922F.DESCRIPTION: Theatres along 900 block of Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.PHOTOGRAPHER:Curt Lang.DATE: 1972.SUBJECTS: Theatres, Granville Street, Neon.More information on our historical phot... more