In the first issue of the Vancouver Times, from September 5, 1864, there’s an unassuming ad with not a lot of context to go with it. It’s the habit of this journal to ‘go down the rabbit hole’ on things we find in old newspapers that seem unassuming but may open the door to some great story from yore, and Continue Reading
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
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
Eddie Foy and the Seven Younger Foys were a successful Vaudeville act that had toured extensively when they got to Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre in October of 1917. The patriarch of the clan, Eddie Foy Sr., had been a multi-decade headliner, having worked his way up from mining towns to the biggest stages of North America, and was reportedly playing in Continue Reading
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
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
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