You Look So Lovely in Your Rat Jacket!

CVA 99-3750 - The Hub Clothing Store [at 45 East Hastings Street], 1929, Stuart Thomson photo.

CVA 99-3750 – The Hub Clothing Store [at 45 East Hastings Street], 1929, Stuart Thomson photo.

Imagine having a coat made from the fur of many rats. Okay, a Chinchilla overcoat? As my wife’s Ukrainian Baba used to say, “Sam Ting” (translation: It’s the same thing)! In case you weren’t aware (I wasn’t), over the past 15 years or so, due to human hunting, chinchillas are today a threatened species.

The Hub was located where the United We Can bottle depot was located until recently; the old building will soon be demolished to give way to a 14-storey social housing development.

I was surprised to learn that a chinchilla overcoat in 1928 cost just under $30 (at a different retail outlet than The Hub).

Chinchilla overcoat

Ad in The Ubyseey. December 1928.

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