Friday, August 8, 2014

Tid Bits of '46

 In 1899, a group of schoolchildren admire a bison.
Start of prohibition and alcohol is poured down the drain. 1921.

Civil war veterans and survivors of Gettysburg shake hands.

Cincinnati's main library. It was demolished in 1955.

There were other events that happened in 1946 that may be of interest to you.

The parking meter came to Vancouver - the charge was a nickel for an hour's parking.

The war was over so the Vancouver Airport was returned to civic control.

4,000 people of Japanese descent were sent back to Japan.

W.C. Atherton became president of the Vancouver Real Estate Board.

 A 1935 Alabama Schoolhouse.
This is an American field hospital in 1918. It is set up in the bombed out remains of a French Church.

This is Samuel Decker, a Civil War Veteran. He is wearing prosthetic arms that he somehow made for himself. 
Bonny and Clyde's car after the fatal shoot-out. The noise of gunfire was so loud that many members of the posse experienced temporary deafness.

Jack Bell served five years as a pilot in the RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force - after which he became the first grower of cranberries in BC. He planted three acres. “Every October,” says one web site, “the cranberries are collected by a unique method called a ‘wet harvest.’ The cranberry fields are flooded with millions of litres of water. Then a gas-powered machine with spinning frames moves through the field, knocking the berries from their vines. The berries float to the surface and farmers use rakes to push them onto conveyor belts and into collection wagons. This method is much quicker than the old method of picking the small berries off their vines by hand.”

Earle Birney started teaching literature at UBC. In 1963, Birney started Canada's first creative writing department.

In 1946, there was the first sail-past of the West Vancouver Yacht Club (at Sandy Cove).

The Registered Nurses Association of B.C. received its first certification at St. Paul's Hospital.

The first female physician was appointed at Essondale Mental Hospital.

In 1945, Eisenhower and Patton examine stolen artifacts the German hid in a salt mine.

A lull in the fighting in the civil war.

The Norsel, which made its maiden voyage in 1922, was sold to the J. Gordon Gibson lumbering family. Gordon renamed her the Maui Lu and sailed her to Hawaii.

The Pamir - the last working ship in B.C. waters - was towed out of the Vancouver harbour. She was filled with coal and headed for Australia.

A bi-monthly publication by the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, the Native Voice, began publishing.

The famous 2400 Motel on Kingsway opened.

In Cloverdale and White Rock, 264 people were waiting to get a phone. It was a year of shortages.

 I want to thank my mom's friend Wes for the old photos and The History of Metropolitan Vancouver website for the above information.

I hope you find the beauty around you.


  1. Great old photos. Lots of new starts and shortages. Prosperous year.

    1. Thanks Lee. those old photos are always fun! What a year 1946 must have been - WWII was over and the soldiers were coming home. Lots of celebrations but also loads of adjusting.

  2. It is close to trying to adjust to your husband being retired. Then you get used to that and you retire and have to get used to the both of you retiring. Funny thing is you don't expect the husband to take over everything including the kitchen. To keep sanity in our house we each have our own pots and pans. LOL