If you’ve read the bestselling Vancouver WAS Awesome (our history book authored by Lani Russwurm) and our regular FEATURE by the same name, or if you follow Jason Vanderhill’s POSTS, you’ll know we’ve got a couple of great local historians amongst us at V.I.A.. These two have you covered when it comes to educated looks at historical events in our city, but this isn’t stopping me from joining them in sharing more interesting pieces of our past.
Now, I’m the first to admit that I’m a hack; I’m no journalist, nor do I have a degree in history (or anything). But over the years I’ve become a bit of an expert on this city (mostly from a contemporary standpoint), so I’m filtering through some old newspapers and will be sharing tidbits that I feel might be interesting to you today.
So let’s begin! THIS edition of the Vancouver Sun was published exactly 94 years ago to the day and although it’s a mere 14 pages long it’s packed with an almost impossible amount of stories. As many were only a few sentences long and most weren’t accompanied by photos or illustrations, they were able to jam a lot into the paper back then.
Something to note is the headline on the top left corner of the cover: “HONEST MAN EXISTS” . That was news back then too!
In 1920 “reefer” meant something else entirely, and department stores were encouraging mothers to buy them for their sons.
There were more than a couple advertisements for coal in the paper. Back when you had a choice of who was piping the energy into your home. Or, I should say, carrying it in a large sack and dropping it on your doorstep.