Vancouver Was Awesome: A Curious Pictorial History

Produced along side the web site Vancouver Is remarkable, this ebook collects tales and images in regards to the humans, areas, occasions, and phenomena that jointly have infused Vancouver with a different style and aptitude and which laid the basis for the eclectic urban that's continuously 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 canines, Vancouver was once Awesome is an pleasing, informative, and every now and then jaw-dropping journey of 1 city's amazing past.

Lani Russwurm is an historian who runs the web publication Past stressful Vancouver.

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The top of the BCER blamed a 1917 streetcar staff’ strike on pageant from jitneys, which, he acknowledged, destabilized the transit and made it most unlikely to satisfy salary calls for. a hundred and forty four through the 1919 normal strike, jitneys have been reintroduced to be able to undermine the road motor vehicle staff’ half within the motion. In 1933, Vancouver Mayor L. D. Taylor avoided one other strike through threatening the top of the BCER that the ban on jitneys will be lifted until administration received again to the bargaining desk and began making a few concessions to the union. a hundred forty five seventy two Jitneys and streetcars on Hastings highway, 1917, Frank Gowan, CVA #677-953 THE FOUNTAIN CHAPEL After a black guy named Robert Tait killed Vancouver’s leader constable in 1917, police all started discriminatory racial profiling and lots of employers refused to rent blacks. This backlash can have been the catalyst for the city’s small black group to shop for, for his or her personal use, an outdated Scandinavian church at Jackson and previous Streets, close to the educate station, the place many black males labored as railway porters. 146 in keeping with Nora Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix’s grandmother, who lived in Vancouver), the city’s black inhabitants had worshipped in neighborhood halls earlier than that they had their very own church. The Fountain Chapel, a bankruptcy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), opened in 1918. 147 It turned a massive group area for neighborhood blacks. there have been bars and golf equipment within the urban that catered to a black consumers, however the chapel was once the one position open to the full group, together with teetotallers and youngsters. within the Thirties, an inflow of African-Americans in Vancouver elevated the variety of black households within the region. The alley west from Fountain Chapel to major road turned identified colloquially as “Hogan’s Alley. ” The little church performed an important function in felony circumstances regarding black males. After Fred Deal, a black guy, killed a police constable in 1922, parishioners and neighborhood participants mobilized to make sure the trial used to be now not tainted via racism. The accused was once sentenced to the gallows, yet after a retrial (and probably due to the criminal help supplied during the chapel), he used to be given a lifestyles sentence. 148 within the Nineteen Fifties, the church lobbied for an inquiry whilst Clarence Clemons, a black longshoreman, died after being overwhelmed through the police. 149 The black neighborhood dispersed after the Georgia Viaduct was once outfitted via their Strathcona neighbourhood within the early Nineteen Seventies, and the AME bought Fountain Chapel within the Nineteen Eighties. The construction nonetheless stands, yet is now privately owned. seventy three Fountain Chapel, courtesy of John Atkin JAMES SHAVER WOODSWORTH After wasting his executive activity in Winnipeg for being a pacifist in the course of global conflict I, James Shaver (J. S. ) Woodsworth got here to Vancouver, rented a room at 1218 Howe highway, and located paintings at the docks. again domestic he used to be referred to as a favourite minister and social reformer dedicated to bettering stipulations for the terrible city immigrants he referred to as “strangers inside our gates. ”150 yet in Vancouver he stored his past—and his fancy Oxford education—to himself, hoping to mixture in with the opposite stevedores.

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