charles e jones


Little boys (and puppy) at Charles E. Jones’ Birds’ Paradise, Vancouver, 1935

(Jones was proclaimed Mayor of Vancouver when his predecessor, the 25th mayor, died suddenly in 1947. In 1948 he was reelected in his own right, but his term was cut short by his sudden death on September 1st.)

Happy New Year from the Birds’ Paradise, Wednesday 1 January 1936

Charles E Jones’ “Birds’ Paradise” was located at 5207 Hoy Street. He was known as the “Birdman of Vancouver” and became the city’s mayor in 1947. I’m not sure that this card means poor Smoky (dog on the left) recently died, or if he just symbolically represented 1935. I suspect Jones was a little eccentric. 

Source: City of Vancouver Archives #371-1188