Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

David Spencer Limited, Photographic Department (Vancouver)

David Spencer Limited, Photographic Department (Vancouver)[1]



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  • Name David Spencer Limited, Photographic Department (Vancouver) 
    Gender Unknown 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1930s-1950  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Continued past 1950. 
    Person ID I2284  Camera Workers
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2021 

  • Photos
    David Spencer Limited, Photographic Department, ID.
    David Spencer Limited, Photographic Department, ID.

    Documents
    David Spencer Ltd., Photographic Department (Vancouver), punchcard.
    David Spencer Ltd., Photographic Department (Vancouver), punchcard.
    Portion of David Spencer Ltd., Photographic Dept. (Vancouver), envelope.
    Portion of David Spencer Ltd., Photographic Dept. (Vancouver), envelope.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: This department store, with branches in several cities, operated a photographic department in its Vancouver flagship store. The City of Vancouver Archives offers this summary of its history:

      David Spencer Limited (commonly known as Spencer's) operated during the late 19th and first half of the 20th century and was part of a larger department store chain operated in the province of British Columbia. The store began operations in Victoria in 1873, it opened its first Vancouver store in 1907. By December 1926, after purchasing the greater part of a block in the 500 block Hastings Street, it was able to open a nine storey elegant art deco flagship store. The building had five stories below street level and 320,000 square feet of shopping space. As well as having many amenities, it boasted a toyland and its trademark chairs beside the elevators. During the first half of the 20th century Spencer's Department Store was an important retail institution in Vancouver as it not only supported many civic events but also employed many people in Vancouver. In 1936, true to its character, it celebrated Vancouver's Golden Jubilee by creating a time capsule to be opened in 1986. In 1948, David Spencer Limited sold all its stores in British Columbia, including its Hastings Street location to the T. Eaton Company of Toronto. (research done by the Vancouver Historical Society)

  • Sources 
    1. [S45] COLLECTION: BVAA.
      David Spencer Department Store - photograph enclosure; URL (accessed 23 Sep 2021): https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/photograph-enclosure