Wednesday, November 7, 2012
*** ARTWORK FEATURES THE ORIGINAL HOME OF BILL & BOB'S RECORD SHOP - THE SAM KEE BLDG. - 10 WEST PENDER STREET in VANCOUVER, BC CANADA's CHINATOWN (where the EAST END begins) . . .
This original painting by Vancouver, Canada artist Carolyn Jia depicts the Sam Kee Building at the corner of Pender and Carrall streets in VanCity's Chinatown.
The bottom part of the narrowest building in the world (Ripley's Believe It Or Not) is divided by a staircase which leads to a 'room' which runs the full length of the top of the structure. To the right of those stairs as our view shows was the home of Bill & Bob's Record Shop owned by Bill Reiter (aka DJZigZag) and Bobby "Pea Dow Cha Siu Wat Dan Faun" Garrison.
It was the second record store in VanCity to sell only New World African Music. Heart and Soul Record Store on Commercial Drive (owner: Russell Mar) was the first. Bill & Bob's operated in the late sixties for two and a half years.
To buy an inkjet print, framed 12" x 16" of "Narrow Chinatown" by Carolyn Jia go to this site . .
* Thanks to Jason Vanderhill for hippin' us to this.