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Time Traveller: Burrard Junk Co. sold scrap metal, used furniture and more

Chaim (Hymie) Gordon was a junk dealer in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood before moving to the North Shore around 1954 and operating in Lower Lonsdale.

This photo from circa 1970, shows the rear storage area of Burrard Junk Co. at 225 Lonsdale Ave. Though it is not confirmed, the man in the photo could possibly be owner Chaim (Hymie) Gordon (1906-1983). The business closed around 1972.

Gordon, previously a junk dealer in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, moved to the North Shore around 1954 to join Max Barak at Burrard Junk. In fact, in the 1950s, there were two businesses in one – Burrard Junk Co. (“we buy scrap metal, beer bottles, etc.”) and Horens Furniture, a used furniture dealership.

Burrard Junk was the last in a series of second-hand furniture/discount businesses that operated out of that location since 1915.

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