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January 7, 2013 at 3:46 PM

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Postcards from the past: Vic Meyers for mayor, 1932


Seattle saw a brewer's wagon in the business district yesterday for the first time since prohibition, and Seattle saw Vic Meyers, second from left, the personality candidate for mayor, and the boys of his band seated astride it. Thousands of shoppers, attracted by the tunes, "Ach, du lieber Augestine" and "How dry I Am," lined the curb and watched the lumbering old wagon and its four horses pass. "Cheer Up, Good Times Are Coming" and "Watch 'er Click With Vic," said glaring signs, hung from the sides of the old vehicle. The horses carried banners reading "Coming Events Cast Their Shadow before Them" and "The Town Needs a Tonic."


Coverage of the race for Seattle mayor literally resembled a horse race in the front page of The Seattle Sunday Times on Feb. 14, 1932.

Vic Meyers was described by the newspaper as the "personality candidate" -- in other words, he wasn't regarded as a serious candidate, but he was covered daily and his antics drew a lot of ink. Somewhere along the way, Meyers decided to become a serious candidate, and although he lost the mayoral race in 1932 he went on to have a 28-year career in Washington state politics.

Postcards from the past is an occasional feature, highlighting images from The Seattle Times historical archive.

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