This 6″ x 8″ photograph of Streetcar #235 is easily my favourite find in the past few weeks. The detail in this image, captured by photographer Gus Maves, is truly wonderful.
In the photo this BC Electric Railway streetcar, plying route #6, pauses on Douglas Street to pick up passengers in front of the Hudson’s Bay Department Store. Car #235 was built in 1911 and remained in service until Victoria’s streetcar era ended in 1948.
The Hudson’s Bay Company, incorporated in 1670, is the oldest company in North America. This particular HBC Department store remained in this location for well over 80 years and only recently moved a few blocks closer to the centre of town. This fine old 1920’s building is now “The Hudson“, a high-end condo development.