Nose protector, Saturday 2 November 1918
An article in the same newspaper said that doctors were calling on the City to stop allowing open air public gatherings to stem the spread of influenza. Vancouver’s mayor and medical health officer were both recovering from the flu. Hundreds of people in the city died from the global Spanish Flu epidemic.
Source: Vancouver Daily World
Clarence Hotel, ca. 1900
Built in 1896, this building is still with us on the southwest corner of Pender and Seymour. Note how they used periods on signs in the olden days.
Source: Photo by Norman Caple (cropped), City of Vancouver Archives #LGN 708
Junior Board of Trade, February 1942
Photograph shows men dressed as Nazi soldiers saluting a soldier with a large cross on the front of his uniform with the words ‘iron cross.’ This was probably done as a demonstration against national socialism and to promote Canadian nationalism among members.
Source: Photo by Jack Lindsay, City of Vancouver Archives #1184-33
124 East Hastings, Friday 8 March 1935
Now called the Brandiz, the hotel on the right was built in 1913 for $60,000 as the Hotel Seward, and was later called the Howard and the Empire. On the left is the White Lunch, a popular local diner chain. That building was demolished for a condo development currently under construction.
Source: Photo by WJ Moore (cropped), City of Vancouver Archives #Hot P75
"Steamer Leaves Shanghai for Vancouver with 400 Hindoos," Thursday 16 April 1914
A century ago this month, 376 passengers aboard the Komagata Maru began their voyage to Vancouver. They arrived on 23 May, but were not permitted to disembark owing to the “Continuous Passage” law that was designed to circumvent the right of British subjects from India to travel within the British Empire and thus keep Indians out of Canada. On 23 July, the ship was escorted out of Vancouver harbour by the military. It then sailed to Budge-Budge, India, where nineteen passengers were shot and killed and many more imprisoned.
Source: Vancouver Daily World
CBC film footage of Robson Street that aired on the “Town Crier” in July 1964. The oom-pa-pa music was added later, methinks.
The uploader recalls:
When I was a kid in Vancouver Robson Street west of Howe was full of shops run by German immigrants and called Robsonstrasse. I often went there on Saturdays with my grandmother after having been at Stanley Park
One day when I was about 10 I decided to see how far I could get speaking German and not only did it work in every store I went into with my grandmother, it worked with many of the people in the street.
My grandmother did not approve of me doing this; she felt that in public you should only speak a language everyone could understand because it was rude to make people feel left out. I did point out that it seemed almost everyone could understand German on the street, but I was being a ten year-old smart ass.
This was not the only German neighbourhood in Vancouver. My mother did a lot of her shopping at Fraser and 49th.
Source: BC History on youtube.