Banjo King at Tea for Opening of Burrard Bridge

CVA 99-2723 - Eddie Peabody at Hotel Vancouver with Burrard Bridge cake, 1 July 1932.  Stuart Thomson photo,

CVA 99-2723 – Eddie Peabody at Hotel Vancouver with Burrard Bridge cake, 1 July 1932. Stuart Thomson photo,

This image puzzled me at first. When I first saw it, I assumed that the people were at the head table of the tea following the opening ceremonies of the Burrard Bridge. But why would world-renowned vaudeville banjoist (centre), Eddie Peabody, be at the head table at such a celebration? I couldn’t find a connection. Then I looked more closely at the image and realized that everyone was standing behind the Bridge Cake. I suspect that groups of guests trooped up to have their photos taken with the cake. This wasn’t a head table image. I assume that Peabody was in Vanocuver on a gig and was invited to come along to the Burrard Bridge tea. (And because photographer Stuart Thomson was no dummy, he realized that a photo of Eddie Peabody with the cake would be more interesting than another image of the Mayor (L D Taylor had been mayor of the city for 8 years in 1932, so another image of him wouldn’t be very novel).

In the spirit of the fun on that day, here is another image of Eddie and whoever the other gent is!

CVA 99-2722 - Eddie Peabody at Hotel Vancouver with Burrard Bridge cake, 1 July 1932. Stuart Thomson photo. Eddie is the one on the right. No idea who the gent is that he is clowning around with.

CVA 99-2722 – Eddie Peabody at Hotel Vancouver with Burrard Bridge cake, 1 July 1932. Stuart Thomson photo. Eddie is the one on the right. No idea who the gent is that he is clowning around with.

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