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Chilliwack - 1915 (thumbnail) North Vancouver Ferry Dock - 1916 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1950 (thumbnail) Christmas Shoppers, Hastings St. - 1913 (thumbnail) Columbia Street - New Westminster - 1924 (thumbnail) Christmas Windows - Woodwards on Hasting (thumbnail) Marine Building on Hastings  - 1945 (thumbnail) Granville Street Bridge - 1921 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville Street-1948 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Hastings St. - 1926 (thumbnail) Pacific Gateway, Vancouver - 1912 (thumbnail) Vancouver Exhibition - 1910 (thumbnail) Top of Granville Street - 1912 (thumbnail) Lonsdale Quay-1919 (thumbnail) Vancouver Public Market-1908 (thumbnail) Blackburn's Service, Seymour Street-1928 (thumbnail) New Westminster BCER Depot - 1926 (thumbnail) Park Row, New Westminster - 1909 (thumbnail) Car #101 on Hastings-1949 (thumbnail) Passing Woodwards-1939 (thumbnail) A Capital Christmas (thumbnail) A Christmas Reunion-1914 (thumbnail) The Old Street Car Barn - 1894 (thumbnail) Stanley Park-1900 (thumbnail) Red Racer Diner, Penticton-1960's (thumbnail) Out to Pasture, Street car # 153 (thumbnail) English Bay, Vancouver, Canada (thumbnail) Granville and Hastings Streets in Vancouver (thumbnail) Crossroads at Langley Prairie - 1928 (thumbnail) Bathhouse on English Bay - 1931 (thumbnail)
Blackburn's Service, Seymour Street-1928 (large view)
Blackburn's Service, Seymour Street-1928
Limited Edition Giclee print on canvas (sn95) of Blackburn's Service on the corner of Seymour and Robson in Vancouver B.C. Canada.

Blackburn’s Service was located on the southeast corner of Seymour Street and Robson. The painting looks east towards down Robson to Richards. I wanted to capture the integration of streetcars with this busy downtown neighborhood. Two streetcars rumble and clang in opposing directions down Robson while a third emerges southbound on Richards. All this bustle is taking place in the midst of a well-treed neighborhood full of snug homes with laundry flying.

Blackburn’s was a large enterprise offering every type of automobile service imaginable. From new car sales to parking and storage; Blackburn’s had it all. $1195 is the sticker price on the new car in the foreground subject to the usual bargaining between the salesman and buyer.

On the corner stands a tiny confection outlet selling soft drinks, candies, ice cream and tobacco.

As a final touch, to balance the foreground, I added a young lad selling newspapers. Artistic license drove me to also create a soapbox racer modeled after one that I built as a boy and from which I sold the Montreal Star many years ago.


Brian Croft
20" H x 32" W
Price: CA $700.00