UPDATE! Congrats to alldelightedpeople, who has identified this location as Marine Drive and Gilley Ave! That’s actually Burnaby, to be precise! Oh, and for the record, this has been my 750th post! Only 250 more to go!
Looking thru the Narrows toward Vancouver, from Marine Drive at Cypress Park, by
PAGE? Paul Page. As seen in The Gold Stripe, Volume 3, page 118, circa 1919.
Update: NOW I remember seeing that signature! Shortly after posting my Remembrance Day post, I was reminded by Gary Sim that Paul Page had illustrated in The Gold Stripe. Duly noted! Now if only we could find some more biographical info about him! And I’m curious…I wonder if there is any relation between Peter Hugh Page, who would go on to illustrate BCER pamphlets, maps, and cartoons many decades later…
Update # 2: I dug into the BC City Directories online, and discovered a listing for Paul Page from 1914-1928, and I believe it is the artist above.
He first appears in 1914 in Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory Part 2 as a clerk in the men’s clothing store Arnold & Quigley. He was living at 898 Granville, while Arnold & Quigley was located at 546 Granville Street, right across the street from the Hotel Vancouver #2 & the Opera House. The next year, he is working as a clerk for Tooke Brothers (another early clothing store) while living at the Manhattan Apartments. He works for Tooke Brothers until 1919, when he is first listed as an illustrator, this time living at 904 Nicola Street. This is literally a block away from Roedde House, so I’m willing to bet he knew the Roedde’s as well. In 1920, his listing reads “Signs” and he is situated in suite 316 of the The Daily Province Building, 198 West Hastings Street. The next year, 1921 Henderson’s Vancouver Directory describes him as a “Commercial Artist”, now working out of suite 412 of 198 West Hastings. In 1923, he gets a new address: 777 Burrard! Things must have been looking up to score such a lucky address! The 1924 Wrigley Henderson Amalgamated BC Directory first lists him as an “Advertising Agent”, which repeats until 1928, when Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory describes him as an “Advertising writer”. And that’s where the trail goes cold.
Did he leave town just before the stock market crash of 1929? Did he cash out early or did some bad luck befall him? We may never know, unless someone finds his distinctive signature on something dated post 1928! Keep on the lookout, everyone! Thanks for your help!