For the fun post this week, let’s have a look at the Buzzer from May 9, 1952. Download a PDF version here!
Now it’s totally cliche to say “Wow, times have changed,” but I’m going to do it anyway. For example, did you know that riders REALLY hated when children would get seats on transit? Here’s the article from the back:
We’ve been receiving complaints that a good many small children are occupying seats while the grown-ups stand. Inasmuch as the grownups pay while young Johnny or Mary ride for free, this arrangement seems rather unfair. So please, parents, see to it that your child doesn’t sit while adults stand. Seat him on your knees or have him hang on to a chair-grip near you. Your fellow passengers will appreciate it. Thanks!
(Gads, that cartoon that accompanies it is so risque! I suppose the Buzzer of the 1950s isn’t for the faint of heart.)
And if this sounds familiar, you may recall that I made reference to the same issue in the Back Issues item from August 15, 2008. A Buzzer from 1925 mentioned that kids shouldn’t be sitting on transit either!
Anyway, the “times have changed” theme doesn’t stop there. The main article in this Buzzer was a tirade against women fumbling for change in their purse when paying the streetcar! I’d bet my life that there were men with change counting problems too, but they’re not mentioned in the article. Honestly!
However, this particular Buzzer also announced the debut of “Story of a Street,” a regular history feature by local reporter Jim Nesbitt. So to wind this post up, here’s the story of Seymour Street!
Seymour Street, one of the principal thoroughfares of downtown Vancouver, was named for His Excellency Frederick Seymour, early day Royal Governor of British Columbia. An Englishman, Seymour first came to B.C. in 1864 as Governor of the Crown Colony of British Columbia, the capital at New Westminster. There was also then a Crown Colony of Vancouver Island, the capital at Victoria.
In 1866 the two colonies were merged as the Crown Colony of British Columbia, the capital in New Westminster, and so Seymour lived there. In 1868, after a long and bitter battle between New Westminster and Victoria, the Island city won, became the capital, has so remained ever since. In ’68 Seymour left New Westminster and took up residence in Victoria, at old Cary Castle, B.C.’s first Government House, destroyed by fire in 1898.
In June of 1869 Governor Seymour took a cruise north in H.M.S. Sparrowhawk. A few days after leaving Esquimalt he died suddenly aboard Sparrowhawk at Bella Coola. He was 47. There was a state funeral in Victoria and burial was in the picturesque naval cemetery in the old world, seaside village of Esquimalt.
You can dig up more gems like this in the Buzzer archives online: look at the top right of the page to see historic Buzzers! If you find anything fun, do let me know. Hope everybody has a great weekend!