The Loggers Agency neon sign
Back when the Downtown Eastside was the meeting ground for men who worked seasonally in the British Columbia woods, this sign hung in front of an employment agency at Hastings at Carrall Street. The sign was originally enclosed in a metal can, which is now missing. It is a modest, straightforward use of neon. Loggers came to town after months in the woods, wages in their pockets, and primed to carouse. The sign’s bright glow promised a job, when the morning finally came that the money ran out.