Come Back to the Five and Dime Carleton Place–Robertson’s




Black and white photograph mounted on grey mat. Staff of “Robertson’s 5-10-15c and Over” store, east side of Bridge Street, Carleton Place.- Photo from —Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Written on Reverse: “Left to Right. Mr. Robertson, Mary (Whyte) Henderson, Elsie Dowdall Rathwell, Dorothy (Cooke) Malloch, Isabel (McLaren) Crawford, Miss Ritchie, Arnprior, Miss Fraser, Mae (Craig) Gallipo, Ebbie Lewa, Frank Fanning”.

Stamped on reverse: “Parisian Photograph Studio 178 Rideau Street, Ottawa – Ont.”

Taken May, 1931.

Now in 2016– Photo by Patrick M. Doyle


Long ago, before the big box, the dollar store, the shopping mall, the five-and-dime was born. The big ones were Woolworth’s and Kresge’s and in the rural towns local families sold their wears

Then they closed. The buildings are still there, all renovated, and all traces of the retail past are gone. Memories, which ones leave you quickly, and which particular ones haunt you for life?

Read my story-

Memories of Woolworths and Chicken in a Van


Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian files–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Back in the 50’s there was Saturday night shopping as I remember my Mom and Dad used to walk us down town to go to the 5 and dime – one in the stroller and one standing on the back. I used to check out the makeup counter all the time in later years and occasionally I would have enough money saved for some of that glittery jewellery!!



More memories of Main Street–

Stedman’s of Carleton Place 1950s

Stedman’s — Carleton Place Memories

The Obituary of a Main Street? Carleton Place

I Found My Thrills on the Main Street in Carleton Place



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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