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October 1917: Foy Family heads Vaudeville lineup at the Vancouver Orpheum

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

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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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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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