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Looking Back: Do you still stock Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil?

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 1 January 2001
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember when:

*You were finally allowed to use a pen in school? Gave one a grown up feeling.

Eaton's sold lawn mowers for as little as $3.85 for a 12-inch, $4.10 for a 14-inch and $2.75 for a 16-inch size?

*When a couple got married they inherited a second Mom and Dad. Not so now, they're called by their first names. Teachers and adults were known by their surname or by sir or madam and children showed respect for their parents by referring them as Mom and Dad, not the Old Lady and the Old Man.

*Fulton C. Stewart, Lindsay's best known photographer, employed Stan Bright? George Dent entered the picture to become Stewart's competitor. Dent eventually ran on the CCF ticket and was soundly defeated.

*Two of the earliest words in a child's vocabulary were please and thanks.

*No medicine chest was complete unless it contained a bottle of Dr. Thomas's Eclectric Oil. Yes, the word is eclectric.

*Back in the year 1910, Mayor Beggs and his town council had a difficult time in interpreting the town's dog bylaw and finally reached a decision to ask the Attorney General to do so and give them his ruling.

*Child movie start Bobby Breen used Rainbow on the River as his signature song?

*We learned that the word news was derived from the earth's four directions- north, east, west and south?

*We used to sit by the radio for a favourite program called Lux Presents Hollywood?

*You studied Shakespeare? It was back in his time that mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled open the ropes that mattress tightened making the bed firmer to sleep on. Now you know where the term sleep tight originated.

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Looking Back: Do you still stock Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil?