Vancouver Was Awesome: A Curious Pictorial History

Produced along with the web site Vancouver Is outstanding, this ebook collects tales and photographs concerning the humans, areas, occasions, and phenomena that jointly have infused Vancouver with a special taste and aptitude and which laid the root for the eclectic urban that's continually named one of many world's most sensible vacationer locations. From vaudeville to beatniks, Rudyard Kipling to Hunter S. Thompson, violent squirrels to train-hopping canine, Vancouver was once Awesome is an exciting, informative, and now and then jaw-dropping travel of 1 city's notable past.

Lani Russwurm is an historian who runs the weblog Past annoying Vancouver.

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Sam McLarnin queried. “A champion of the world,” spoke back Foster. Fourteen years later, Jimmy “Baby Face” McLarnin knocked out younger Corbett III simply mins and thirty-seven seconds into the fit, making him the Welterweight Champion of the realm. He misplaced and regained the identify the next yr, and misplaced it for stable in 1935. He retired in 1936 with a occupation checklist of sixty-three wins, 11 losses, and 3 attracts. 177 89 Jimmy McLarnin, 1935, CVA #1088-17 BOB BOUCHETTE Bob Bouchette used to be the Vancouver Sun’s most well liked journalist within the Nineteen Thirties. His colleague on the paper, Pierre Berton, defined him as an iconoclast for such quirky behaviour as interviewing the loser of a boxing fit whereas different journalists scrambled for a legitimate chew from the winner. A bartender at Bouchette’s watering gap on Hastings highway (today known as Funky Winker Beans), remembers being advised to not wake Bouchette if he observed him sleeping on the bar simply because “he used to be writing a column. ” an analogous bartender recalls a narrative approximately Bouchette swimming throughout Burrard Inlet to his West Vancouver domestic with a bottle of rum tied round his neck. 178 In 1934, Bouchette dressed up like a hobo and went undercover within the reduction camps for the unemployed that have been arrange round the province. the outcome was once a six-part sequence of articles that gave his readers an intimate glimpse into the abysmal stipulations within the camps, which helped elevate public sympathy for the plight of the unemployed. 179 ninety Bob Bouchette on the Birds’ Paradise, 1934, CVA #371-1268 THE BIRDS’ PARADISE The Birds’ Paradise used to be an aviary on the domestic of Charles E. Jones at 5207 Hoy road. millions of birds of thirty-five various wild and family species lived within the sanctuary and gladly posed with viewers, young ones, canines, or even politicians. one hundred eighty Following the dying of Mayor Gerry McGeer halfway via his time period in 1947, Jones gained the mayoral election, yet died himself later within the 12 months. ninety one Charles E. Jones’s puppy Smoky, ca. 1935, CVA #371-1201 ninety two Mayor Gerry McGeer, 1936, CVA #Port P138 THE O’BRIEN SISTERS The directly to Ottawa Trek started as a two-month-long protest in Vancouver by way of a pair thousand unemployed males on strike from the relaxation camps arrange and run via the army all through Western Canada. On June three, 1935, the strikers determined they'd comprehensive all they can in Vancouver and hopped onto boxcars on the foot of Gore highway headed for Ottawa to strain the feds to focus on the unemployment hindrance. The Trek used to be violently overwhelmed in what turned referred to as the Regina rebel. even though the trouble failed, the Trekkers have been profitable in garnering public aid and finally set the tone for Canada’s social security web after the warfare. What makes this photograph detailed is that whereas women’s function within the stream was once mostly constrained to maternal-feminist actions akin to delivering nutrition, elevating money, and finger-wagging at politicians, the O’Brien sisters joined the mass of male protesters attired in what the newspaper caption calls “their mannish most sensible.

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