“On the picture of the Gibson block, to the left of the Pepsi sign, is a white patch. That was a sign for a restaurant until the Women's Shelter took over the block.
The words at the bottom were WHITE HELP ONLY. Few people were able to correctly identify the racial group being disparaged. It shows how the but of discrimination changes over time.”
While not a photo, here's a drawing of the sign… Ironic that years later it was quite literally 'white-washed' over, although I can completely understand the reasons why.”
- Dane Ryksen
Ernest Brown Block
This building was constructed for Ernest Brown's photographic studio, office, workshop, and retail store. In 1924, after the post WWI bust, creditors seized the building and renamed it the "Brighton Block". Brown fled to Vegreville for a short time, and became involved with publishing a pro-labour 'radical' newsletter. He later returned to Edmonton, and in 1947 he sold his collection of over 150000 negatives to the Alberta Government.