PETA Would Never Approve!




Beckwith Councillor Brian Dowdall brought this picture of G & G Finlay, who ran a business in Perth on Saturday at the Lanark County Genealogical meeting on Saturday.

Meat hanging outside a store with the interior floor probably covered in sawdust and blood would be shockingly graphic to our modern sensibilities. After all, here in the 21st century, we like to remain cheerfully oblivious about where our meat products come from.

This was probably taken in the late 1800s or early 1900s, probably near a festive holiday and shows the freshly butchered animals made ready for sale. For many of the town and surrounding area, fresh meat was something not a lot of people could afford, so the butchers would hang their carcasses in a prominent place to to entice people into their shops. We now we eat meat within a few days of purchase or freeze it, but back then it was the custom to let the meat “hang” for several days or longer. This was said to improve the flavour.

I read a story today about a prominent resident of Beckwith who had as many hairs on his head as a billiard ball and made his wigs out of a piece of raw calf skin. One shade apparently was a dark red hue, and later he had one in black in colour. One has to wonder if this man had a significant other and what she had to say about that– or his herd of cattle.



Where’s the Beef in Carleton Place?


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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