Kawartha Lakes Public Library - Digital Collections
Looking Back: Remember 9
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Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 19 June 1996
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember when:

*Bert Wainman, a former jewelry store owner in Lindsay, had a vast number of exotic birds at the rear of his home on 72 King Street. The general public was invited to observe the birds anytime during the day without having to dip into their pockets.

*"Hirsch's," located at 44 Kent St. W., was Lindsay's largest Ladies' Ready-to-Wear, Millinery and Fur Store.

*Harry Batt's Shoe Hospital would re-build shoes via Goodyear Welt, McKay & Cement Process as well as repairing Athletic Goods. Batt was located at 13 William St. South.

*Railroaders had to check in at the George Beall Jewelry Shop on Kent St. for the purpose of checking their railroad watches with the big clock hanging on the west wall to ensure their watches were properly synchronized.

*The "Toronto Evening Telegram" ceased publication when the paper and union could not come to an agreement. The union figured that a paper as big as the Telegram would never close. Surprise; publisher John Bassette proved he wasn't fooling when he threatened to pull the plug.

*"Mello Rolls" was going to revolutionize the ice cream industry. They were ice cream in cylindrical form and about four inches in length covered with two lengths of paper covering the ice cream. All one had to do was to figure out how to place the ice cream in the cone and remove the papers at the same time. That fad didn't last long!

*Corn cob pipes were a common sight among pipe smokers.

*Women were inundated with ads about the terrible sight of dish-pan hands.

*As youngsters we used to go to a western movie and afterwards meet up with friends and play "Cowboys and Indians." Of course the Cowboys were the "good guys" while the Indians were the "bad guys" but no one ever heard of, let alone mention, racism.

*Coal-oil lanterns were the norm for homes, barns etc. as a means of light. People had to read and study by them and it was not at all uncommon to hear children and adults alike to ask a merchant for "coil oil." instead of coal-oil.

*The late J. F. "Jimmy" Wood, principal of Queen Victoria School, used to say "there is nothing wrong in talking to yourself, nor is there anything wrong in arguing with yourself, but if you lose the argument then you're in big trouble."

*No one ever needed to lock up their homes when they went out.

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Looking Back: Remember 9