Carleton Place Mod Fashion Show 1960’s



In May of 1965 the Carleton Place Ladies Auxiliary to the Chamber of Commerce had a fashion show at the Town Hall auditorium. The money raised from“Summer Holiday” fashions went to the Chamber of Commerce Swimming Project where hundreds of children are given swimming lessons in the summer.


Over 500 women attended, and the show was convened by Mrs. Vic Bennett. High styled outfits with low price tags and 30 “sew at home fashions” fashions were modeled. A bridal dress made for $30 by Miss Carole Moffat was shown, and the coordinator and commentator was no other than Mrs. Wallace Cook. The second half of the show was from Cook’s Store.


There was a power shortage that day, but it did not even sway the ladies who kept sashaying down that runwayno matter what. The models were from Almonte and Carleton Place with the exception of Mrs. R. J. Patterson from Ottawa.


M Terry Kirkpatrick
My sister Laurie Kirkpatrick McCabe with June Hall (McEwen) at Town Hall Fashion Show. Guessing early 60s.

Models in the pictures were Joanne Haneman, Dorothy Cochran, Jann Moffat and Miss Carole Moffat. Mrs Wallace Cook is seen giving instructions to the girls in the last picture. Who was Mrs. Wallace Cook? No other than our beloved Mary Cook.


Come see our “table to table” fashion show at Ladies Who Lunch June 6th in the same venue. Our historic Town Hall in Carleton Place Town Hall. Serenaded by local fiddler Wade Foster.

Stores are: Nancy’s Impressions, The Dress Shop, Swirlicious and Wisteria


Carleton Place photo: Shawn Lanthier just added: The picture of the kids on the Carleton Place pier was of a regatta at CPCC. Notice the paddles and the life belts they are wearing. Thank you Shawn:).. and the picture is circa 1976.

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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