Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item CVM_991.72.9 - Picture

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CA CVM CVM_991.72.9

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Wood, fibre, silk, paper. Length-95.5 cm, Width-65 cm, Height-7 cm.

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A picture of two Chinese characters painted in gold on a piece of green silk. It is framed behind glass. There is raised scroll work and vegetative designs on the frame. This is an indoor sign for the Quon Chong Grocery in Duncan's Chinatown. It was on McAdam St. on the left side (when facing) of the building at the west end of the row of framed two-story buildings which were the last to be demolished ca. 1969-70. The characters mean the name of the grocery store and translated, mean something like "prosperous or booming store".

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From the Sue Lem Bing property on Lewis St. off York St. The buildings on that property were demolished in July of 1991. Most artifacts in this accession came from the outlying buildings which were the living quarters for those Chinese who relied on Sue Lem Bing to find work for them. This picture was found at the Sue Lem Bing Estate property just before it was sold and the building destroyed. It came from Chinatown and the Quon-Chong Grocery but was in the possession of Sue Lem Bing. This grocery was later Yew Kee's Grocery.


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343.7 KiB


December 15, 2015 4:39 PM

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