Friday, November 27, 2015

More 1949

March 23, 1949 was when the Vancouver Rose Growers Association was formed.

March 29. The sale of margarine was approved. The dairy industry - rightly fearing this would reduce the sale of butter - lobbied for margarine to be coloured white not yellow.

April 1, 1949 - Newfoundland entered the Confederation of Canada.

Also on April 1, First Nations people get the vote. However, those living on a reservation would not get the federal vote until 1960. Japanese citizens were given the provincial vote.

The Princess Marguerite entered BC on April 6, 1949.

On April 22 margarine went on sale. They weren't allowed to make it yellow but the manufacturers got around that. It was packed, coloured white, into plastic bags. Included inside the bag: a small pill of food colouring which had to be popped open inside the bag by the consumer and kneaded into the margarine to make it yellow. 

The new Labour Temple opened on West Broadway on May 31.

On June 15, a fire on the False Creek waterfront caused $1 million damage.

June 25, 1949, sod was turned to begin building a Woodwards store at Park Royal.

Canadian Pacific Airlines launched its inaugural flight to Sydney, Australia on July 1. Then, on the 13th, they carried the first all-Canadian airmail to Australia.

July 23, 1949:

The Province, in a story on local tourist activity, ran a photo of “travel advisors” Doris Young, Alyse Francis and Anita Zanon.

“They reply to all queries, even stupid ones, with courteous, sensible information.” Hedley Hipwell, president of the Vancouver Tourist Association, referred to “Vancouver’s $30 million tourist industry . . .”

The VTA’s travel advisors, Hipwell explained, deal with from 600 to 700 visitors a day. “In 1948 they answered 120,000 phone calls. In 1927 there were 24,000 . . . Last year, the girls gave out 160,000 travel folders and maps, answered 11,400 direct and 50,000 letters from other tourist bureaus, 8,000 coupon advertisement enquiries. They wrote invitations to 9,000 convention prospects . . .

One of VTA’s biggest jobs is finding rooms for folk who arrive in Vancouver without reservations. It takes the full time of one advisor to find accommodation for them.”

Thanks to The History of Metropolitan Vancouver website for the above information.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

Karen Magill

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


This house is an Arts and Crafts style but it is a slightly different design. It was built in 1911 by George Tyson. Tyson built many of the homes in the 2000-block of Keefer - this section of Keefer was renamed Ferndale in 1929. The house was listed as vacant in 1912 but Tyson lived here from 1913 to 1916.

Today, we are looking at 1949 in Vancouver. On January 3, just a few days into the New Year, The Vancouver Sun's page one headline, screamed:


The night before there had been a raid on three local nightclub establishments. Detectives descended on three cabarets and confiscated 13 bottles of alcohol from underneath the tables. Five were seized from the Cave Cabaret, two from the Palomar and four from the Mandarin.

Chief Constable Walter Mulligan warned that his dry squad men were “definitely going to tighten up on liquor drinking in cabarets.”

The B.C. Cabaret Owners’ Association blamed “rabid prohibitionists.” “These attempted curbs on drinking,” they added, “will only drive drink into vice dens, autos and hotel rooms.”

BC Electric discontinued streetcar service on the Kitsilano Beach run on January 16.

January 1949 was the month when the second Hotel Vancouver was torn down. This was the largest wrecking job ever undertaken in the British Commonwealth. It is sad that this outstanding Vancouver landmark was destroyed.

“There is no alternative,” read newspaper reports, “as no hotel operator is willing to buy, rehabilitate and operate it at his own risk.”

Harry Duker, Chairman of the Vancouver Tourist Association fundraising campaign, informed the Sun on January 29 that he was aiming to raise $75,000 in operating funds. “During the year (1948) 70,000 persons came to the association’s headquarters at Georgia and Seymour for information . . .”

Future Vancouver councillor and vice-president of the Business in Vancouver media group, Peter Ladner, was born on February 12, 1949. Business in Vancouver is a successful weekly business newspaper.

On March 5, 1949 Burrard Bridge engineer Major J.R. Grant reacted to remarks by a local art teacher that the bridge (opened in 1932) was a “monstrosity.”

F.A. Ames of the Vancouver Art School had told a Lions Club gathering that the bridge pillars were “ashcans with a gasoline station on top.” 

Grant explained, said the Sun, that the pillars “were built as large as they are on request from the harbormaster, who wanted them prominent to avoid a navigation hazard at the False Creek entrance.” He went on to explain that the large base of the piers was required because at the time (1932) the B.C. Electric Railway had planned running a railway on a lower deck beneath the roadway. “That railway will never go in now,” Grant said. “The BCER is no longer interested.” He pooh-poohed Ames’ criticisms, said he’d rather trust the "esthetic ideas of the engineer.”

Thanks to the website, The History of Metropolitan Vancouver for the above information.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

Karen Magill

Monday, November 23, 2015

Goodbye Terminal City

Today's entry is one I wrote previously in January of 2013. The iron works has been sold and buildings torn down. However, I want to remind you of the history of the place before I say goodbye. (If you want to see what it used to look like, click the link for the 2013 entry.)

This April 1944 photo of Terminal City Ironworks was taken by Leonard Frank Studio.

The sixties was a good decade for some - it was the year I was born and 1966 was the year that Terminal City Iron Works continued to mushroom. Money Mushrooms used to be on Pandora Street but their building was bought out by Terminal City Iron Works.

By 1968, 1505 square metres (16,200 square feet) of foundry space had been added as well as the installation of a channel type induction electric melting furnace, which replaced an earlier coke-fired iron melting cupola.

Once the foundry had been upgraded, it was time to turn attention to the machine shop, which also got an overhaul. Additional pattern storage space was always being sought due to the development of new waterworks products. This company's pattern storage space grew to 743 square metres or 8,000 sq feet. Is it any wonder that the Terminal City Iron Works complex now took up an entire city block?

As of 1997, Terminal City products included waterworks fittings of gray cast iron and ductile iron in sixes from 2" through to and including 30" diameter. Terminal City was the only Canadian waterworks casting manufacturer that produced this range of fittings.

By the end of the twentieth century, Terminal City Iron Works had moved from this grand location to Langley. However, that wasn't the end of this block's usefulness.

Since 2002, this city block has been used for the film industry. That may be why some of these photos look familiar.

Psych has filmed here, as has Eureka. So has Arrow, Fringe, the short lived Alcatraz, Caprica, Dark Angel, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, John Doe and many more shows I am sure.

The entire complex is now up for sale. When I saw this, it prompted me to contact Terminal City Iron Works and I was referred to Mr. Stanley Mason - if you read Monday's entry, you will see that his family founded the company. (here's the entry mentioned.)

Mr. Mason is writing a book on the history of Terminal City Iron Works and he was kind enough to give me some information on the history of the company and the building.

This is part of Vancouver's history - a true success story. Anyone who buys this land is going to have to rejuvenate the soil due to all the chemicals that have been used there in the foundry business. With the way things are going in this city, I suspect it will be bought and eventually turned into condos.

I wish to thank Don Blanchard at Terminal City Iron Works in Langley for putting me into contact with Mr. Mason, Mr. Mason for his help and knowledge, the The Canadian Fire Hydrant and Waterworks Museum online and MovieMaps for the information.

With that, I say goodbye to the Terminal City Iron Works block. May future generations remember the hard work that went into the success this business became.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

Karen Magill