Do You Have Your Middle Weight Underwear On?


It was a cold Spring in Lanark County which is situated “snugly” in Eastern Ontario. Although the sun is shining during the day, the nights are still screaming middle-weight underwear. In the local Carleton Place newspaper of 1914 an ad from Tabers asked everyone if they considered jumping down a whole flight of stairs when they came down for breakfast in the morning.

The dry goods store asked everyone to hold that thought when they changed their underwear from Winter to Spring. They advised the public if they changed from heavy-weight underwear to light-weight too soon the common cold might be caught quickly. “Take the safety that lies in moderation and buy medium-weight underwear for the Spring days that are still cold in the morning and the evenings”, the popular store advised the general public.

In other news, 16-year-old Otta Seinger smoked cigarettes so continuously to keep warm that he literally smoked himself to death according to Dr. John Perney from the New Britain Hospital in Connecticut. The boy was the only child and support of a widowed mother who brought him to the hospital for nicotine poisoning. Just before his death he admitted to the doctor that he smoked 50 cigarettes a day for the past 8 months. Perhaps the poor lad should have bought some medium-weight underwear from Tabers.

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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