Fire Insurance Plans – Politically incorrect ?

Fire Insurance Plans existed during a time of political incorrectness. Take for example, the except from a 1927 Plan in Vancouver at the corner of Union Street and Boundary Avenue.

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 Today, we call these places care homes or nursing homes. This building, which is known as Taylor Manor and constructed around 1915, still exists today. See a photo here !

The current name of the building emphasizes the sometimes-hidden stigma of the elderly in Vancouver society at that time. Pronounced as a reflection of attitudinal changes towards the old and indigent, and in the hope of increasing applications for residency, the original “Old People’s Home” became the more glamorous “Taylor Manor” in 1947, named after the late Vancouver mayor Louis D. Taylor.

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