June 2, 2020, 3:14 pm
🎉The print Buzzer is turning 104 today🎉
The first publication of the Buzzer was released on June 2, 1916.
Throughout the years, the print Buzzer has informed generations of readers about exciting transit news and developments in Metro Vancouver.
From the opening of the Patullo Bridge in 1937 and the launch of trolley buses 11 years later to the launch of the Expo Line in 1986, our readers were updated and entertained one fold at the time!
The first print Buzzer was published on June 2, 1916, and was originally distributed on the hydro-electric streetcars that made up public transportation in Vancouver. The publication was launched to help streetcars compete with jitneys, private citizens who patrolled streetcar routes and offered rides for five cents. By informing the riders about public transport, the hope was that people would be more encouraged to use the streetcars.
Two-car streetcar “trains” ran on main Vancouver routes from 1927 to the late 1940s
An interesting fact – the first publication did not have a name! It was the riders of trams and streetcars, who coined the name by endearingly referring to the publication “our dear Buzzer”.
As one of the oldest publications in the province, the Buzzer has changed companies, themes, mastheads and editors. Its goal of the publication always stayed the same however- to deliver informative and fun transit and community related tidbits to our riders.
How the Buzzer changed since 1910s
Are you interested to see how the Buzzer looked like back in the day? Check out our comprehensive archive that dates back to the early 1900s. You’ll also want to checkout our 100th birthday edition of the Buzzer for a great look at how transportation and the publication has changed over the years.
As we’re facing challenges due to COVID-19 we’re looking into the future for the print Buzzer. We’d love to know you thoughts. What do you like/dislike about print Buzzer and are there changes you’d make to it? Leave a comments and tell us what you think!
January 24, 2018, 4:38 pm
It’s hard to believe that 2011 was seven years ago, it feels like just yesterday. For this edition of On this day in Buzzer Blog history, we’re throwing back to a throwback post where we shared a cool piece of transit history sent to us by Bob Hassan, who had inherited his late fathers collection of Buzzer relics.
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October 30, 2017, 2:42 pm
Welcome back to On this day in Buzzer Blog history, a look back at the way things were. Today’s post takes us back to a Friday fun post where we asked if you’ve ever forgotten to buy a FareCard at month’s end — then boarded transit without valid fare?
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October 16, 2017, 3:17 pm
We dove way back into the archives for today’s On this day post.
Let’s take a look back at October 16, 2009. The Buzzer Blog was in it’s first few years of publication, and we shared this gem of a riddle/photo puzzle that was originally published in the print Buzzer in, get this, 1937!
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June 2, 2016, 10:43 am
You may have heard that The Buzzer is celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary!
To honour this momentous occasion, we want YOU, our biggest Buzzer supporters to share a #Selfie and/or your favourite Buzzer memory on your social (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) channels with the hashtag #BUZZER100.
Entrants are allowed one entry, per channel, per day for a chance to win a Monthly Pass loaded on your Compass Card!
Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 10th, 2016 and we’ll randomly select a winner on June 14th, 2016. Make sure to check out the contest terms and conditions for all the details on the contest.
Author: Sarah Kertcher
January 16, 2016, 12:24 pm
Welcome to Throwback City. Population: Buzzer blog!
With this series we re-publish some awesome old pieces from days in the Buzzer blog’s history.
Today we look at January 16, 2008. The Buzzer blog was a mere pup, not even a year old!
The Canada Line was shiny and brand new and the Buzzer blog editor at the time took to interviewing two talented photographers who just happened to be the artists behind the largest collection of Canada Line construction photos!
Go back in time and enjoy!
Profile: Tafyrn & Seamora Palecloud, Canada Line construction photographers
Author: Jhenifer Pabillano
A double rainbow over the Canada Line’s Operations and Maintenance Centre — one of the many fabulous photos found at Canada Line Photography.
For Friday, here’s the second profile in a series on Lower Mainland transit enthusiasts — our first was on the Trans Vancouver bus photo archive.
Look up “Canada Line photos” in Google, and the first hit you’ll get is Canada Line Photography, an enormous repository of terrific photographs chronicling the train line’s construction.
There are two people behind the site, Tafyrn and Seamora Palecloud, who were kind enough to do an interview with me for the Buzzer blog. (And I did ask about their unusual names: Tafyrn just laughed, saying, “As you probably know, it’s good practice not to use our real names on the internet.”)
So, here’s the interview, and sprinkled throughout you’ll find some of the Canada Line photos that Tafyrn and Seamora consider favourites—they link back to related pages from the Canada Line photo blog, too.
Tafyrn, Seamora — thanks again so much for helping me put this together!
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