Friday, April 22, 2011

More 1929

Lots more to tell you about 1929 in Vancouver so please enjoy these random photos that show how beautiful this city is.

On May 17 Vancouver voters approved 14 out of 20 money bylaws but rejected the Burrard Bridge and a new city hall. (Construction started on the bridge a year later and in 1936 the new city hall)

The new hospital on the North Shore opened on May 30. On that day the City of Vancouver bought Little Mountain - now Queen Elizabeth Park - for $115,270.

According to an ad in the Province, Piggly Wiggly stores had 28 locations in Vancouver. The chain would be purchased in 1936 by Safeway. Safeway arrived in Canada in 1929.

On June 1 a club for children of parents who read the Sun was started. It was called Uncle Ben's Sun Ray Club.

Also dealing with the Sun on June 1. An artist's depiction of what the new, second Vancouver Stock Exchange building would look like when it was constructed at the northwest corner of Pender and Howe Streets. Unfortunately, as you may remember, the stock market crashed about five months later.

On  June 3 the first edition of the comic strip Tarzan appeared in the Sun.

June 3 also saw the opening of the Peter Pan Restaurant at 1128 Granville Street. The restaurant was owned by Peter Pantages who was the nephew of Alexander Pantages. Peter is known as the founder of the Polar Bear Swim started in 1920. Alexander was responsible for the Pantages Theatre on Hastings Street - presently the oldest vaudeville house in Canada. Sadly the theatre is scheduled to be demolished which I can understand. It is in disrepair and there isn't much that can be done with it due to its location in the middle of skid row.

On June 7 the Railway Board instructed the CPR to eliminate level crossings in the city by October 1. Although CPR argued that the crossings were not a nuisance, pedestrians and motorists disagreed. So the CPR built a tunnel which is now used by the Skytrain.

The Sun reported on June 10 that the proposed Canadian National Hotel would be expanded. One hundred extra rooms would be added and it would be 16 stories high. (Several stories did appear during construction and it kept getting bigger and bigger. That is until the Depression hit and monies dried up.) Oh, and the Canadian National Hotel is now known as the Hotel Vancouver.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

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