It is early June in Vancouver in 1908. Raymond in Vancouver writes to his 19 year old friend Olive Jaffray who lives on Pacific Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. He chooses a residential scene of Vancouver with a streetcar.
On the correspondence side, the card which is published by a business in Toronto and Buffalo New York is printed in Germany. Raymond writes
“I suppose that you’ve been wondering when I was going to write, but I shall explain in my letter on Sunday next. Is the weather suiting you. Your friend Raymond”
He then adds on the photo side of the card “Say but we’ve had some very warm weather here. Only 8 miles to rollerskate”.
Vancouver’s notable historian John Atkin and planner Andy Coupland who write Changing Vancouver indicate that the turreted house in the postcard is that of Robert Kelly’s of Kelly Douglas Limited, at 1186 Nicola Street.
Mr. Douglas lived directly behind Mr Kelly on Broughton Street. The hedge and fence seen on the left of the image is the yard of Gabriola mansion, and the streetcar is heading west on Davie Street.
The house to the north of the turreted house is 1454 Pendrell, home of William Farrell, president of the Telephone Company.
It is a frothy time in Vancouver as real estate prices are soaring in this town of 70,000. The Vancouver Daily World on June 15, 1908 has a heady column quoting Alderman W.J. Cavanagh who has returned from a tour of eastern American and Canadian cities..Read more »