Friday, April 20, 2012
It's An Odd World
We are still talking about 1932, during the Great Depression, but this young lad was ingenious. Gerald Hobbis was 14-years-old and traded a bunch of old magazines for an old bicycle. Hobbis, nicknamed 'Cap', and then repaired the bike in his basement before selling it for ten dollars. Cap went on to become a highly successful bicycle retailer.
The first United Airline Flight arrived at the Vancouver International Airport in 1934. This is important because for the first three years that the airport existed there wasn't any airline companies that flew here.
In 1936 Vancouver was visited by Lord Tweedsmuir. He was also known as John Buchan, the author of a best-selling mystery, twice filmed, titled The Thirty-Nine Steps.
In 1936 the ceiling on the second floor rotunda at Vancouver City Hall was covered with gold leaf from several British Columbia mines.
There is a restaurant called The Tea House at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park. In 1938 when it was built it was the officers' mess for the military defense garrison at Ferguson Point.
The Ford Motor Company built an assembly plant in Burnaby in 1938. During World War II it produced military vehicles.
Here's an example of why musicians and artists should grab at opportunities. On May 1, 1940 Dal Richards and his 11 piece band were booked for six weeks, replacing Matt Kenney. That gig turned into one that lasted 25 years at the Hotel Vancouver's Panorama Roof ballroom.
June 29, 1940 was the day that it became possible to drive across Canada within Canada. That was the day that the 'Big Bend' highway linking Revelstoke and Golden and completing the last link in the Western section of the transcontinenal highway.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Oddities, The Tea House, Dal Richards, Big Bend Highway, British Columbia