Some odd stuff has happened in Vancouver's past.
Here's a sampling (click to view):
· 1900 to 1922
· 1923 to 1930
· 1931 to 1935
· 1936 to 1940
· 1941 to 1946
· 1947 to 1954
· 1955 to 1960
· 1961 to 1965
From 1936 to 1940
For more details on these items see the Chronology for the
- In 1936, on April 25, Vancouver retailer Charles
Woodward, said: My prediction is that within 40, at the
outside 50, years Vancouver will be the largest city in Canada.
- In 1936, on July 4, a visiting cricket team from
Hollywood came up to Vancouver to play a local team at Brockton
Point. Included in the Hollywood teams roster: Errol Flynn,
Boris Karloff and C. Aubrey Smith.
- In 1936 when the visiting Lord Mayor of London
helped Vancouver celebrate its 50th birthday he presented the
city with the civic mace it uses to this day. Among the other
gifts the Lord Mayor brought: . . . a sprig from a tree
in the orchard where a falling apple gave Isaac Newton the idea
that led to his theory of gravity.
- In 1936 we were visited by the Governor General,
Lord Tweedsmuir. He was better known as writer John Buchan, the
author of a best-selling mystery, twice filmed, titled The
- In 1936 a group of local women, the Flying
Seven, conducted the citys first fly-over.
In the fly-over the seven womeneach of whom had her own
planealternated their flights, keeping a plane aloft over
the city for 24 uninterrupted hours as a demonstration of air
- The ceiling on the second floor of the rotunda
in Vancouver City Hall, opened in 1936, was covered with gold
leaf from several B.C. mines.
- The Lost Lagoon fountain in Stanley Park, installed
in 1936, was purchased from Chicago, a left-over from that city's
- The scene in the 1936 hit movie, Rosemarie,
starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, showing singing Mounties
galloping in formation on horseback down a shallow stream, was
shot on North Vancouver's Seymour River. This was the first sound
feature filmed here.
- In 1936 Nottes Bon Ton pastry shop, which
had opened at West 14th and Granville in 1932, moved to a downtown
Granville Street location. It would occupy that location for the
next 65 years. (In 2001 they had to move, and may now be found
at 3150 West Broadway.)
- England-born Alan Young was a big hit from 1961
to 1965 in Mr. Ed, a sitcom about a talking horse. Young
started in show biz in 1937 at radio CJOR in Vancouver.
- In 1937 the Vancouver Sun was forced out
of its 125 West Pender location by a fire. They bought the building
across the street and moved in there. They were there for the
next 28 years. And, even 48 years after the paper moved out, locals
still call that building The Old Sun Tower.
- Sliced bread came to Vancouver in 1937.
- When BC premier Duff Pattullo opened the bridge
named for him in 1937 he said, It is a thing of beauty.
- In 1937 New York City-born Charles Edward Borden,
who grew up in Germany, graduated from the University of California
with a PhD in German Literature. He will come to Vancouver, and
become the Grandfather of B.C. archaeology.
- The 1937 movie The Great Barrier was
an adventure based on the CPRs crossing of the Rocky Mountains.
The locomotive used in the movie that brings the first train in
was #374, the actual locomotive that came into Vancouver in 1887,
and that is now in the Roundhouse in Yaletown.
- On February 19, 1938 a mysterious big bang was
heard in Vancouver. It woke thousands of people, yet no cause
was ever found.
- The Vancouver waterfronts biggest fire
was the one that destroyed Pier D in 1938. It totally
destroyed the pier. Forty years later one of the nozzles lost
in the fire that day was recovered during dredging operations.
Resting on a mass of melted brass it was still in the open
position, showing that whoever was using it had had to drop it
- In 1938 19-year-old Annabelle Mundigel was the
first person to swim from Vancouver to Bowen Island. Not until
years later did she reveal that she had slipped out of her bathing
suit shortly after starting, handed it to her mother in a following
boat, and swam the rest of the way clad only in lard. Yards from
the island, she put the suit back on.
- In 1938 a Vancouver Chinatown restaurant, C.K.
Chop Suey, had its licence cancelled for employing two white waitresses.
- The acclaimed Ballet Russe ballerina Alexandra
Denisova, prominent in the late 1930s and the 1940s, was Vancouvers
Patricia Meyers, who joined the company at age 15 in 1938.
- The Lions Gate Bridge opened to traffic November
14, 1938, but it was open to pedestrians on the 12th. The first
civilian to walk across the bridge was R.F. Hearns
of Caulfeild, West Vancouver.
- The Teahouse at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park,
a restaurant today, was built in 1938 as an officers mess
for a military defense garrison at Ferguson Point.
- In 1938 the Ford Motor Company built an assembly
plant in Burnaby. During the Second World War it produced military
- In 1938 the Vancouver Art Gallery board refused
to buy an Emily Carr picture, priced at $400, because, says art
writer Tony Robertson, it wasn't art as they understood
art. They were eventually persuaded it was and paid up.
- On September 10, 1939the same day Canada
declared war on GermanyGerman-speaking citizens pledged
their loyalty to Canada at a mass meeting in Vancouvers
- On October 11, 1939 Vancouvers first public
aquarium opened. Manager was an American named Ivar Haglund, who
later moved to Seattle and opened a restaurant called Ivar's Acres
- In 1939 a fellow named Kent Ford proposed a sprocket
railway up Grouse Mountain. The Second World War started after
construction had begun and Ford was unable to get enough steel.
He continued to build his railwaywith one track of steel,
the other of wood. It didnt work.
- Appraised at $75,000 in 1920, Glen Brae,
the William Lamont Tate mansion at 1690 Matthews, sold this Depression
year for $7,500.
- The Canadian premiere of Gone With The Wind
was held February 16, 1940 at Vancouvers Orpheum Theatre.
Vivienne Leighs daughter happened to be attending a private
school here, and was in the audience (unannounced, at her mothers
- On May 1, 1940 Dal Richards and his 11-piece
band were booked to replace Mart Kenney at the Hotel Vancouver's
Panorama Roof ballroom. They were to be there for six weeks. They
stayed 25 years. (Dals vocalist was an unknown 13-year-old
singer named Juliette.)
- The RCMP vessel St. Roch left Vancouver
secretly June 23, 1940 during the Second World War to go through
Canadas Arctic waters. Her destination: Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Because of the ice, the trip took two years and four months! The
return trip: 86 days!
- Not until June 29, 1940 with the completion of the Big
Bend Highwaylinking Revelstoke and Golden and completing
the last link in the western section of the transcontinental highwaywas
it possible to drive across Canada within Canada.
- In the 1940s peat moss was extracted from Delta's Burns Bog
by the U.S. government for the manufacture of magnesium fire bombs.
- When the Empress Theatre (at Gore and Hastings) was torn down
in 1940, one of the workmen noticed a flash of soft color in the
debris. He reached down and picked up a tiny powderpuff. Stitched
on it, in faded golden letters, was a single word: Pavlova. The
famed dancer had performed at the Empress in 1910.
- Much of Malcolm Lowrys novel Under the Volcanocounted
by many as one of the great books of modern literaturewas
written when Lowry lived in a squatters shack at Dollarton,
on the north shore of Burrard Inlet. He moved there in 1940.
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