Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Welcome Wagon

Today we have a picture of the Canadian Welcome Wagon. It is from 1905, and looks to be a drivable trolley type car. The car sports all type of advertisements for visiting or relocating to Canada. A very interesting vehicle!


  1. That is quite a "truck" and it seems to be powered with a pretty large engine based on the condenser between and behind the front wheels. By 1905 standards, it would seem to be rather advanced and well built. The connecting rods have boots to keep the joints clean.

    While the unit is a good advertising tool, I suspect that more than one repeated message would be more cost effective.

  2. In today's world, sadly, the signs would all read "Go Back Where You Came From".

  3. In the US, many similar messages went to European countries. Asian and African, not so much. That did not mean that the immigrants were always particularly welcome once they arrived. Remember the problems the Irish had in the early years in Boston, long before they were so proud of the Kennedys?

    In the small Midwestern town where my immigrant g grandfather and his family lived in the 1880s, Scandinavians and a few Germans made up the majority of the population. The county was, however, ruled by the "Yankees," those whose families originated further east, some in New England. These people conveniently forgot their families had been immigrants some generations back. The Yankees were the professional men, and the enforcers of the law. The current immigrants, often not yet literate in English, were the farmers, whatever they'd done in the Old Country. In the New Country, you started at the bottom. There was always some tension between these two groups. The Scandinavians were considered "criminals," "lazy," "no good." In general you wanted them around only when you wanted to sell something to them. You certainly didn't want your daughter to marry one. I'm not saying this just because of family stories, but because of research I've done, including reading the newspapers of the day. When they had legal problems (my g grandfather's barn was burned down by another Scandinavian, with his livestock inside), the law, located in town, ignored the issue and let them all to fend for themselves. Then they called the immigrants lawless! Sometimes this kind of treatment meant the immigrants, for lack of responsiveness by the system, did take things into their own hands in order to protect their families. Sometimes that happens today, too

    1. As you said, just because you came over on the Mayflower didn't mean you weren't still in illegal immigrant. While the blacks have many, many reasons to complain about their treatment, if the First Nations ever rise up to take back their own, we're all in a heap of trouble.