“Look, a real mugger!” – Vancouver Playhouse TV commercial from 1987

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This video is one of many gems that V.I.A. reader Rob Richardson has dug up from his collection. The source is a vast collection of VHS tapes that he recorded himself or has managed to collect from thrift stores, flea markets, storage lockers, yard sales, contacts with people in other parts of Canada and the U.S., and anywhere he can manage. He’s driven over to Vancouver Island and as far down as Olympia, Washington to rescue analogue goodness before they’ve wound up in the scrapper and we’re happy to bring you a Vancouver-centric clip each week.

Here are some others we’ve shared:

Starboard Pant Factory’s deals on acid wash jeans – 1987
Back when the CBC produced “spine tingling” horror cassette tapes – 1985
A TV commercial for the PNE starring Garfield, Odie and Nermal! – 1986
Blackcomb Mountain launches – 1982
The Captain, Aye Aye and Good Buy – 1994
Royal City Antiques – 1985
BC Place monster truck rally – 1985
A British Columbia Minute from CBC – 1986
Mom n’ Pop corner stores in Vancouver falling on tough times? – 1984

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Bob is our founder and Editor-in-Chief. A family man and outdoors enthusiast in his 3rd decade of publishing, he steers the V.I.A. ship, hosts our 'BC Was Awesome' history TV show and co-hosts our weekly podcast. bobk@vancouverisawesome.com