More Brett Sommers from the fifties.
Photo by Barry Lategan, 1973.
Boy Mental Wizard, Tuesday 20 December 1932
The “Boy Mental Wizard” was five year-old Jackie Merkle, the son of the Flying Merkles husband and wife acrobat team. Merkle’s mother died in a fall while he was an infant and his father discovered his psychic abilities soon after and took him on the road. More info here.
The Beacon Theatre was originally the second Pantages Theatre (1917) to be built in Vancouver, and is surely in the top three buildings this burgh never should have torn down. The site, at 20 West Hastings, was a parking lot for many years until PHS Community Services Society built the Portland Hotel there a decade or so ago. It was one of celebrity architect Arthur Erickson’s last buildings before his death.
Source: Photo by Stuart Thomson, City of Vancouver Archives #99-4282
Tim Burton wearing a Halloween costume made by his mother.