Vancouver Daily Evening Post ads: Pubs, vagrants, dead men and more – December 10, 1865

If you go back far enough, you’ll find nearly every industry we know and understand today had a completely different existence in the 1800’s. On this day 152 years ago, Victoria’s Vancouver Daily Evening Post (which lasted less than a year), you can find ads for banks that go into great detail talking about how much money they hold (such Continue Reading

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When the worst dentist in America set up a franchise in Vancouver

Today’s archival blast from classifieds past, and our latest bolt down the rabbit hole of history, is an ad for a Vancouver dentist on October 3, 1917, who apparently was a dab hand at replacing lost teeth. His business problem? It appears some people needed convincing that having false teeth instead of holes in your mouth was important. “What good Continue Reading

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Classified ads, October 1917: The $200k widow, sack extravaganza, and give me back my dog – or else!

When diving back into the classified ad listings of yore, it’s easy to see why newspapers were such a popular item. The news was fine, the gossip interesting enough, but the classified ads were just a treasure trove of weirdness. Our first find in the October 1, 1917 Vancouver Daily Sun classified is an interesting – and ominous one. DOG Continue Reading

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Mainland Cigar Store, 1917: “It won’t hurt either you or us..”

October 1, 1917: Book this one as a prime example of shrug marketing, where the Mainland Cigar Store, then at 310 Carrall street in Gastown, came up with the amazing sales pitch of just straight giving up on quality, and instead offering their product as a cheap crappy option for those who can afford little more. JUST RECEIVED: A shipment Continue Reading

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Music on wax for $0.99 at Vancouver’s gramophone row, in 1917

October 1, 1917: Vancouverites enjoyed their music. In fact, the city has a rich musical tradition, having been one of North America’s jazz hubs through much of the 20th century, and a regular Vaudeville stop before that, with oodles of richly outfitted theatres and opera houses doing a brisk trade. But when Vancouver folk went indoors at night, as the Continue Reading

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