A very early postcard from Vancouver, Christmas, 1887. This card was sent with compliments from Johnston & Tyson.
May Christmas joys flow into your heart, and peace and happiness ever wait on your dear household.
via Neil Whaley at the Vancouver Postcard Club:
Shown [above] is a trade card from when the city was one year old and the population was only 2,000. The card was chromo-lithographed by Louis Prang of Boston, and overprinted with an 1887 Christmas greeting from Gastown clothiers AG Johnston and AM Tyson.
Johnston and Tyson were located briefly at 2 Carrall Street. According to the 1888 phone book, JC Johnston also had a boot and shoe store on Cordova Street; both JC and AG Johnston were listed with Johnston and Tyson, and the two Johnston’s lived on Westminster Avenue (Main Street). By 1892, AM Tyson had moved his gent’s furnishings store to 200 Carrall Street, and AG Johnston was working as a bookkeeper for John Scuitto on Powell Street.
The deadline for Christmas delivery of lettermail overseas has already past (that was Friday, December 6, 2013); this Friday is the deadline for USA; and cards to Canada can wait as late as December 17, 18, or 19, depending on how far it has to go. But don’t delay too much longer; everyone loves getting mail at Christmas!
Stanley Park Christmas Train, Lost Lagoon Fountain Lights, and Carol Ships Vancouver Harbour (2010) by artist and illustrator George McLachlan.
The Stanley Park Christmas train runs December 5 through January 5, though it is closed Christmas Day. Tickets are available here at Ticketmaster with some reserved at the gates, but I would say advance tickets are a must (the time slots have a tendency to sell out very quickly). More from the City of Vancouver website:
Entrance to the Bright Nights Train Plaza is by donation (you don’t need to purchase train tickets to see the holiday lights)…Train tickets are sold in half-hour time slots. Several trains will depart within each time slot. Avoid the crowds and come out Monday to Thursday in the first two weeks…
Happy Holiday Travels!
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:
- A Skier’s View by Eileen Mosca
- A Holiday Discovery by Hilary Morris
- Brockton Point Totems by Michael Wheatley
- Listening to the Bird’s Melody by Tinyan Chan
- Santa’s Coming to Town! by Barb Wood
Order your cards before December 7th!
Santa visits Christ Church, one of a series of 6 Christmas offerings by artist Barb Wood. From her blog:
These fun creations are now available at:
“Oh Brothers” at 2575 W Broadway, 604-738-6695 Google map
“Framagraphic” at 1116 W Broadway, 604-685-2525 Google map
“Davie Art Shop” at 1242 Davie Street, 604-683-3415 Google map
And at Barb’s studio, please just call first: 604-685-2525
For more, visit www.barbwoodgraphics.com.