The Publicity Club Coupon Contest of Smiths Falls 1931

The Publicity Club Coupon Contest of Smiths Falls 1931



Closing a campaign that has been tremendously successful, the Smiths Falls Publicity Club announced the results of its coupon contest yesterday and, revealed that Miss Lois Cook, with a total of 59,595 coupons was winner of the Chesterfield suite offered as first prize.

Mrs. Harry Buchanan took second prize and a beautiful wrist watch with 21,677 coupons and third prize of a bicycle went to Miss Beulah Miller who held 20,235 coupons. When the business campaign closed on Friday evening at six o’clock, piles of yellow, blue and pink coupons were resting, in the office, of J. H. Burns, official checking agent of the Club, and the wearisome task of counting up the coupons began.

The contest captured the interest of numerous Smiths Falls residents and, a very large number of entries were received. In all a total of 150,423 coupons were received and the total amount of business transacted, judged from these returns, was estimated to be $75,211.50. As only eighteen local establishments were represented in the club it is believed that the contest stimulated business to quite an extent.

At any rate, the results clearly indicate that the business depression period, is not as serious as more pessimistic speakers and writers would believe. Or that Smiths Falls has been unusually fortunate in escaping the general depression. Local merchants were very well pleased with the club campaign and report increased sales during the time it existed. Almost every customer seemed interested and, demanded coupons corresponding to his purchase and only a very few were absent minded, enough to depart without them. The contest attracted considerable attention throughout its tenure in Smiths Falls and local men and women went into the collecting game on a large scale. Many had friends collecting coupons and some regular organizations were formed.


Newspaper Article compiled by Grant McFarlane of Lanark.







Clipped from The Ottawa Journal25 Mar 1931, WedPage 11




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal19 Oct 1931, MonPage 7


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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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