This one was taken near where the Chinatown Arch is today on Pender. That’s the old CPR right-of-way and the Merchant’s Bank Building in Pigeon Park is visible in the distance. The big sign that says “On Screen” is the rear of the old Beacon Theatre (the full sign reads “Beacon Stage and Screen”), which is now the site of the Portland Hotel.
Source: Photo by Ronny Jacques, Library and Archives Canada #4328193
Pender and Main, June 1914
Note the road repair in the foreground. The roads were paved with wood. More and more patches of the old wooden roads have become exposed in recent years, especially on East Georgia east of Main, and on Dunlevy between Hastings and Pender.
Source: City of Vancouver Archives #789-103 (cropped)
Yip Sang et al at 51 Dupont Street, 1900
The Wing Sang building is Chinatown’s oldest building. Yip Sang was probably the most successful business men in Chinatown, largely through providing Chinese labourers to the Canadian Pacific Railway. Through this store he was a retailer, wholesaler, and importer of Chinese goods, including opium.
Source: Photo by A Milne, City of Vancouver Archives #689-52