The Schwerdtfegerisms of Tobacco and Gambling


old chum

A long time ago boys hounded their fathers when they bought their tobacco. You see there was a picture of an actress enclosed in each package or can of Old Chum smoking tobacco. Sometimes if you got really lucky a young lad might be able to acquire a picture of a lady in street attire- or even better- a chorus girl!




Henry Schwerdtfeger parked his vehicle outside his Tobacco shop at 33 Bridge Street, (currently the As Good As New store) with his advertisement painted on the side. The’500′ sessions were held each week in the back room of Henry Schwerdtfeger’s store. Henry would greatly enjoy the grouching of some of his players whether it made no difference to him if they were winning or not.




 - SALE BY TENDER Sealed tenders will be received...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  18 Jun 1945, Mon,  Page 19

The Swerdfeger block on Bridge Street has been purchased by Mr. McCullough of Ottawa who is a photographer. Mr. McCullough will occupy the upstairs apartment and the smaller store as his office downstairs. He plans to rent the balance of the premises. Mr. Swerdfeger has spent most of his time in Burritt’s Rapids for the past two years where he operates a general store. His wife and daughter Marilyn will join him there. Mr. Swerdfeger purchased the property and business ten years ago from Mr. and Mrs. Allan Johnson. The new owner takes over on August 15th– August 1958

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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