Jaywalking on Granville Street

This woman would seem to be taking her life in her own hands but doesn't she look fabulous doing it? That coat!  

South end of new Granville street bridge looking North towards Burrard, 1954, Province Newspaper Courtesy of VPL Archives  

South end of new Granville street bridge looking North towards Burrard, 1954, Province Newspaper

Courtesy of VPL Archives

 

Apparently, jaywalking knows no generation gap. This woman clearly doesn't give a damn and is walking with a purpose, but to where we aren't quite sure.  Is she on her way to work? To cash a cheque?  To pick up a roast beef for dinner? Or to sneak up on a cheating husband....

There was nothing like a good quality coat back in the day, especially when the whole look could be tied together with a smart little Mrs. Miniver hat. No matter what your errand was, or where your route took you, you'd arrive with style and a whole lot of attitude to boot.

Regardless of the season or the fashion, this woman clearly wore the pants. Pull her over and read her her rights. This woman has broken the laws of mundane housewife.

Oh and one more note. It's good to see that some things never change...the lovely view looking down Granville Street to the mountains dusted in light snow, the beautiful span of the Burrard Street Bridge in the background, and the fact that there is still plenty of construction on the Granville Bridge (see here UNDER construction...) on any given day.

PS - does anyone remember Esso except for spelling it with numbers on your calculator in grade 7?

Posted on October 30, 2013 and filed under The Way We Were.