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There used to be a gas station on the corner of Granville and Broadway

Back when leaded gasoline was a thing
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Vancouver service station attendants - CVA Trans P2

Six Imperial Oil Company Ltd. service station attendants line up posed and ready to assist motorists in this World War I-era photograph, taken between 1917 and 1919. 

As with most businesses during the First World War, female workers filled roles vacated by men serving in the War.

This particular service station was located on the southeast corner of West Broadway and Granville Streets, and known as the No. 2 Imperial Oil Company station, No. 1 being located at Cambie and Smithe. 

The No. 2 Station had opened around 1916. At the time this photograph was taken, there were very few service stations in Vancouver; a total of four according to the City’s first Archivist, Major Matthews, who annotated a print of this photograph in the Archives. 

This service station persisted until 1929, when it was replaced by the Gothic-inspired Dick Building that still stands as a heritage designated site in the city.

See more archival photos on the City of Vancouver Archives' website