Vancouver Was Awesome: A Curious Pictorial History

Produced together with the web site Vancouver Is amazing, this e-book collects tales and photographs concerning the humans, areas, occasions, and phenomena that jointly have infused Vancouver with a different style and aptitude and which laid the basis for the eclectic urban that's continuously named one of many world's most sensible vacationer locations. From vaudeville to beatniks, Rudyard Kipling to Hunter S. Thompson, violent squirrels to train-hopping canine, Vancouver used to be Awesome is an pleasing, informative, and from time to time jaw-dropping travel of 1 city's notable past.

Lani Russwurm is an historian who runs the web publication Past demanding Vancouver.

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218 114 3 ballerinas at Stanley Park’s hole Tree, 1952, Yousuf Karsh, LAC #PA-207420 one hundred fifteen Granville road at evening, 1952, Yousuf Karsh, LAC #PA-165855 116 Houseboat colony, 1952, Yousuf Karsh, LAC #PA-212776 LSD one of many extra interesting chapters in Vancouver’s lengthy historical past with mind-altering elements comes from the early days of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) learn within the Nineteen Fifties. An unforeseen yet enthusiastic suggest of LSD experimentation was once Al Hubbard, an eccentric and enigmatic American millionaire who turned the largest North American provider of LSD via his Uranium company, whose mailing tackle used to be 500 Alexander road in Vancouver, a skid highway rooming apartment. 219 Hubbard became millions of individuals directly to LSD, together with author Aldous Huxley, the top of Vancouver’s Holy Rosary Cathedral, and numerous researchers and clinicians, together with Dr J. Ross MacLean, who teamed up with Hubbard to steer an LSD application at Hollywood health facility, a personal facility in New Westminster that handled alcoholism and mental problems. Celebrities, cupboard ministers, and others who may perhaps find the money for this system charges got LSD in an atmosphere managed and supervised through knowledgeable health facility employees who had themselves attempted the drug. employees contributors integrated B-movie starlet Mimsy Farmer and futurologist Frank “Dr. the next day” Ogden. whereas tripping on acid, sufferers listened to classical tune in a room decorated with a duplicate of Dali’s Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus). 220 The popularization of LSD as a leisure drug for hippies resulted in an ethical panic, and the drug used to be banned. Hollywood health center survived till 1975; as for Hubbard himself, his venture because the “Johnny Appleseed of LSD” fed on his fortune, and he again to the U.S.. 117 The LSD room at Hollywood health center, from J. Ross MacLean, et al, LSD-25 and Mescaline as healing Adjuvants: adventure from a Seven 12 months learn (New Westminster, BC: J. Ross MacLean, 1965) 118 initially a brothel, then a house for sailors, 500 Alexander road was once a skid highway rooming apartment while it served because the mailing deal with for the Uranium company of British Columbia, 1972, Curt Lang, VPL #85872CC HUNTER S. THOMPSON Hunter S. Thompson was once a tender and nonetheless unknown journalist in manhattan in 1958 while he observed a Time journal article describing the clean path Jack Scott, the hot editor of the Vancouver solar, was once taking the paper. 221 Thompson had now not but obvious a subject of the new-and-improved sunlight, yet notion it appeared like a paper for which he may perhaps prefer to paintings. He wrote to Scott, supplying his providers and asking to work out a duplicate: “I stepped right into a dung-hole the final time I took a task with a paper I didn’t recognize whatever about,” Thompson wrote, yet “unless it seems to be absolutely valueless, I’ll enable my supply stand. ” Thompson it sounds as if assumed Scott shared his low opinion of the country of journalism, for which Thompson had constructed “a fit contempt. ” He wrote, “As a ways as I’m involved, it’s a damned disgrace box as almost certainly dynamic and very important as journalism might be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hagridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and usually caught in a bathroom of stagnant mediocrity.

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