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Looking Back: Remember 2
Canadian Post (Lindsay, ONT), Jun 1995, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 7 July 1995
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Jun 1995
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember when:

*Harry Sam was proprietor of the "Big 20" Chinese restaurant on Kent St. near Tangney's.

*Gas was as low as 18 cents a gallon.

*Weather reports were unattainable via radio or newspapers during the war years.

*Mr. Jim Isaac was in charge of the car and driver's licenses bureau on York St. S.

*The popular "Denver Sandwich" chocolate bar was a great seller.

*A Ronson Lighter was practically considered a status symbol and was one of the most popular Christmas gifts one could give. They sold for about five dollars!

*It was against the law to operate a radio receiver without a Radio License.

*Every cheque issued had to have a Three Cent Excise (or regular) Stamp attached thereon before it could be cashed.

*Beechnut & Beamans Chewing Gum were quite popular.

*A two pound roll of butter was as common as a one pound size.

*How common it was to see boys and men alike with a jack knife carving away on a piece of wood.

*Whistling was so common it was consider a sign of one being in good spirits.

*Gents tipped their hat when they met a lady and boys were compelled to doff theirs before entering school.

*If you had one cent you could buy a cigarette at Jimmy Burke's store on Lindsay St. S.

*Don Osborne opened a bowling alley in the upstairs of the Kiwanis Arena.

*Cliff Bellamy had a restaurant near the Kent Tavern (that was not in existence at the time)

*Ice cream was twenty-five cents a brick and if you saved the flap off the end of the box you got a free brick after accumulating four box flaps.

*You could buy postage stamps from your mailman.

*Earl Eakins lost the sight in his eye on the original opening night of Pickerel fishing when a lady's fishing plug caught him accidentally.

*The big "Shell" oil sign that adorned the top of the Knights of Columbus building at the foot of Kent Street. There was an occasion when the letter "S" had burned out and an out-of-town salesman was driving down Kent St. and, looking up at the sign, is purported to have said "my wife warned me more than once that I was headed for this place."

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Looking Back: Remember 2