Coast Mountain Bus Company employees bid farewell to Oakridge Transit Centre, August 2006, a specially commissioned card by illustrator Barb Wood, who has been frequently featured here, and who has frequently included public transit in her artwork.
I got a behind the scenes tour of the Oakridge garage on one of the Trams excursions back in 2008, on the last ride of the E901/902 Flyers. Photos here.
Card courtesy of an insider at Translink. Thanks, eh!

Coast Mountain Bus Company employees bid farewell to Oakridge Transit Centre, August 2006, a specially commissioned card by illustrator Barb Wood, who has been frequently featured here, and who has frequently included public transit in her artwork.

I got a behind the scenes tour of the Oakridge garage on one of the Trams excursions back in 2008, on the last ride of the E901/902 Flyers. Photos here.

Card courtesy of an insider at Translink. Thanks, eh!

Last night was the premiere episode of a special tour of the Penthouse in Vancouver, organized by Will Woods at Forbidden Vancouver. Son of Ross Filippone and current owner Danny Filippone led the tour, with a number of special guest in attendance, including author Aaron Chapman, Grant MacDonald, the VPD beat cop who used to regularly patrol the district, and the cook of the Penthouse who used to prepare the charbroiled steaks on the grille! I was honoured to catch a glimpse of some of the ephemera that the cook brought along, including this 1954 Christmas card, showing the Penthouse on the cover and Joe, Ross, Mickey, & Jimmy on the inside. Oh, and the photo of the chef and his wife, I believe that’s Harry Belafonte in the background!)

Forbidden Vancouver has a second (sold out) tour scheduled for January 24, but follow along on their Facebook page to get the latest news of any future tours that might reveal more secrets of the Penthouse!

Merry Christmas from the Beacon on Hastings Street, a painting & Christmas card by Tom Carter. Tom writes on his Christmas card:

My friend Arthur Irving suggested the subject of this year’s card, the Beacon Theatre (built as the second Pantages in 1917, subsequently the Hastings Odeon and finally the Majestic before it was demolished in 1967). Arthur fought valiantly to save this theatre in the 1960’s but at that time, unbelievably as it is for us now, not enough people cared and it was lost. Thanks to Arthur’s dedication and hard work at that time, a wealth of information has been kept about this theatre - without a doubt the finest theatre ever built in Vancouver.

The letters spelling Merry Christmas are to a certain extent, artistic license, not based on an actual photograph, but instead inspired by the giant marquee letters that were changed regularly depending on the title of the show. The signs shown above include The Birth of a Nation in Sound, March 31, 1932 (VPL 11021); 5 year old boy psychic Jackie Merkle, December 20, 1932 (CVA 99-4282); and Texas Guinan in her 1929 film Queen of the Night Clubs, October 28, 1933 (CVA 99-4563).

Merry Christmas, everyone!

I recently received word from Barb Wood that the BC Children’s Hospital is once again offering personalized and pre-printed greeting cards for the holidays! Here are a few of the cards offered this year:

  1. A Skier’s View by Eileen Mosca
  2. A Holiday Discovery by Hilary Morris
  3. Brockton Point Totems by Michael Wheatley
  4. Listening to the Bird’s Melody by Tinyan Chan
  5. Santa’s Coming to Town! by Barb Wood

Order your cards before December 7th!