Hasting Street 1912 and the Archives photo (SGN1536) shows a busy street scene. Way in the background is this guy on his ladder repairing the illuminated sign for the Dick’s Clothing store. See this post on Changing City for more info on William Dick.
The Vancouver Archives full resolution images are great. It makes for all sorts of discoveries. Here’s 132 W. Hastings and the detail. The photographer and his camera set on a tripod are visible in the reflection.