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1930s: Signs of the Times

Newcastle Island ad 1932
Newcastle Island was a popular recreation destination in the 1930s. This poster is from 1932.
Image courtesy of Nanaimo Community Archives


Malaspina Hotel menu 1938
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Menu courtesy of Nanaimo Community Archives


Mal Hotel menu 1938
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Menu courtesy of Nanaimo Community Archives


1936 ad for Bran Flakes
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Ad for Bran Flakes, 1936. "Body poisons slowed him up" - until he tried Canada made Bran Flakes!
Ad courtesy of Nanaimo Daily Free Press, 1936


 

1936 Janey's Cafe
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Janey's Cafe, 96 Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo. In 1936 you could have a full course meal for 35 cents!
Ad courtesy of Nanaimo Daily Free Press, 1936


 

1936 modern typewriters
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In 1936, modern students in Nanaimo used typewriters. This valuable piece of equipment helped them achieve higher grades. They were also popular for private correspondence.
Ad courtesy of Nanaimo Daily Free Press, 1936


 

1936 phone ad
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In 1936, BC Tel advised its customers to use a telephone to make advance plans for Labour Day to avoid spoiling their holidays
Ad courtesy of Nanaimo Daily Free Press, 1936


 

1936 phone ad
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BC Tel was full of advice for its customers in 1936 - by owning a telephone customers are ready for emergencies. Safety first!
Ad courtesy of Nanaimo Daily Free Press, 1936


 

1936 Safeway grocery ad
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In 1936 you could buy 3 pounds of firm ripe bananas for 25 cents. Lots of deals to be had!
Ad courtesy of Nanaimo Daily Free Press, 1936


 

1936 school suplies
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Students going to school in September 1936 could purchase supplies at David Spencer's in Nanaimo - notebooks for 5 cents and a copy of Macbeth for 30 cents. Might as well also grab a 4 pack of tomato soup for 25 cents!
Ad courtesy of Nanaimo Daily Free Press, 1936