Publication Date: 2009
English: 213 pages
Vancouver’s Shoeshine Boys, a 20th century phenomenon, is a story of Italian immigrants who arrived in Canada in search of a dream. Although lacking in education and use of the English language, they possessed a remarkable and exemplary work ethic which allowed them to champion challenges along the way. Through the fascinating accounts of many shoeshiners, the reader discovers the extent to which the dream is fulfilled. The book reveals the many exemplary, and often, humourous experiences of the shoeshine boys who worked the shines after school and on weekends to help support themselves and their parents. And finally, and perhaps the most enduring part of all, it is a social history of the downtown east side community forever changed.