There’s Something About Mary RBC

There’s Something About Mary RBC


Photo- Tom Edwards- given to his Mother

Thanks to Tom Edwards once again

Onto the Global Stage: The 1960s and the End of Parochialism



Photo- Tom Edwards

Royal Bank staff outside the RBC building.. His mother is second to left




If Mary uses Chargex, it must be fine…


Royal Bank used their ‘girl-next-door’ advertising persona “Mary” to promote Chargex, a subtle reassurance to consumers wondering whether this new way of managing money was for them. “Mary” of the Royal Bank was a successful advertising strategy that linked bank services to a personality. She was featured in print, radio and television advertisements from 1968 to 1976.




Bill and Robert Brown in the RBC parking lot that used to be the address of 94 Beckwith st– Photo Bill Brown


Norma Ford Back L-R – Marina Napier Quinn, Rena Hastie, Laurie Kirkpatrick McCabe, Audrey Marshall, June Hall McEwen, Ellen Neron, Norma Ford, Janet McLaughlin, Judy Fisher. Front L-R – Phyllis Donnelly and Ilene Edwards. Photo- Tom Edwards


Photos from the Canadian and Gazette files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-Recognize anyone?

Norma Ford- Yes, St. Andrews Church basement. The CP Hospital ladies put on a luncheon every year, always well attended and fantastic food. There were usually two seatings, (12 and 1 pm) all the staff at RBC attended every year. Miss those great meals. Usually roast beef and that gravy – wow.


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)




Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 7 –Scotia Bank to the New York Cafe

Bob Mossing in middle, Manager of Royal Bank in the 70’s probably at St Andrew’s Church basement for the CP Hospital luncheon.

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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