16.11.10 by Jeff

OLD CHUM / OLD FAITHFUL

Walter Manning is the man behind one of my favourite tumblrs, Old Chum. He has gained a massive following online and now he has opened a shop here in Vancouver, Old Faithful. It is a total blessing to our city. I met up with him a couple weeks ago to ask him a few questions.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH WALTER MANNING

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Jeff Hamada: I thought we could start off by letting everyone know about your amazing little tumblr, Old Chum. What’s the story behind the “Chumblr” and how did you come up with the name?

Walter Manning: I was walking around the new Convention Center in Vancouver and they just put up all these placards about the history of British Columbia. I remember just reading every one of them as I walked around and how impressed I was with the raw initiative that went in to the development of the province: conquering the landscape, building infrastructure, hiking supplies to logging camps and felling giant firs. These were ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

I came across one placard of a picture of some men hiking supplies through the rugged landscape. One of the men had a crate on his back and on the side was inscribed “Old Chum”, a Canadian tobacco company, and it all fell into place for me and Old Chum was born. The name summed up what I wanted a blog to be.

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05.08.10 by Jeff

Whistler

I spent my weekend white water rafting with some friends near Whistler, and it was incredible! I was too cheap to pay for the souvenir photos so here’s a shot of me throwing a ball to my friend Butters instead.

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29.04.10 by Jeff

Shannon Elliott

Illustrations by recent IDEA graduate, Shannon Elliott.

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23.04.10 by Jeff

Jen Mann

Paintings by Jen Mann. Mississauga, Ontario.

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20.04.10 by Jeff

Sean Lewis

Drawings by Sean Lewis. Toronto, Ontario.

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20.04.10 by Jeff

Caitlin Gallupe

Paintings by Caitlin Gallupe. Victoria, BC.

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17.02.10 by Jeff

Ohhhhh Canadaaaaaa!

Everyone in Vancouver is partying right now! I love it! Team Canada dominated Norway 8-0 (sorry Norway) and we took to the streets!

*editors note: this was filmed after more than a couple beaver lagers

04.02.10 by Jeff

Robert Mearns

My pal Robert Mearns just released this amazing t-shirt for ION Magazine. Does anyone outside of Vancouver know who Expo Ernie is?

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