Scads of Humans Watching the ‘Fly’

CVA - Bu P550 - [Crowd on Beatty Street observing Harry Gardiner (the 'Human Fly' scale the World Tower] 1918 Stuart Thomson photo. (Note: The original image seemed to be to be slightly over-exposed; adjustments have been made to this copy).

CVA – Bu P550 – [Crowd on Beatty Street observing Harry Gardiner (the ‘Human Fly’ scale the World Tower] 1918 Stuart Thomson photo. (Note: The original image seemed to be to be slightly over-exposed; adjustments have been made to this copy).

According to the Vancouver dailies of the time, there were 10,000 people watching as Harry Gardiner, the “human fly”,  climbed the exterior of the World Tower (later, the Sun Tower) without any special climbing equipment, wearing street clothes and his bifocal spectacles. My grandmother would simply have used her multi-purpose word and said that there were, ‘scads’ of people.

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4 Responses to Scads of Humans Watching the ‘Fly’

  1. Sheila says:

    Yes, that is definitely scads of people!

  2. Roger Pocock says:

    Reblogged this on Windows into History (Reblogs and News) and commented:
    Must have been an exciting moment for the crowds watching. Would like to know more about this – are there any eye-witness accounts from the time? Reblogged on Windows into History.

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