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Early Cars

Let’s see who did the Early Cars look like. This is a celebration of Vancouver’s car culture — from steam-powered Locomobiles to Henry Ford’s various alpha-named models to the generous curves of the gas-guzzlers of the 1950s and ’60s to the occasional economy model beginning to show up in the 1970s. There are even a few novelty cars that appear in this compilation; for example, watch for early electric car prototypes of the 19-teens and the Lifesavers car of the 1930s. Also included in this edition are some of the nicer examples of service (or “gas”) stations in the early years of the city. Through the 1970s, it was rare to see a self-service pump at a service station; and the gas stations of today, of course, are a complete departure from the mindset of the period treated here — where the essence of the station was serving the customer. In British Columbia, before January 1923, traffic law dictated that you drive on the left side of the road.

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