B.C. was the first province to regulate the sale of alcohol through government liquor stores, beginning in 1921. Langley Prairie’s first store (today’s Langley City) operated from 1923 to 1933. Former B.C. Liquor Control board employee Ron Hyde helped oversee construction of stores around the province, and sent us these photographs, once destined for the trash heap when the B.C. Liquor Control Board split into the B.C. Liquor Control & Licensing and the Liquor Distribution Branch. A long time historian, Ron never throws away anything of value.
“The second Langley Prairie store operated from this (above) location from 1933 – 1941. The liquor store is in the slanted corner of the building with some great views of businesses along the street with store signs etc. The liquor store windows have curtains on them which was a requirement by the B.C. Liquor Control Board on all their stores — this was to ensure that young people could not see into the store and see the bottles of alcohol on the shelves. “
(Above) Third liquor store at Langley Prairie. “This building plan usually had small black tiles for the front finish up to the window line with the traditional curtains in the front windows…I have been going through some of my old files with photographs and thought it was time to find a home for them in their community.” The photos will be passed along to the Langley Centennial Museum.