I have unearthed some old notebooks from my closet. I thought at first that they would be from the 1950s, but have since concluded that they are much earlier-judging from the phone numbers. The 2L-4N number (2letter-4number) system was in place in the 20’s and the 2L-5N was phased out in the 50s. 5 numbers were also in place at the same time as the 2L-4N depending on the exchange/cities. At least this is what I glean from GOOGLE. The other clue might be the fact that the paper is of poor quality (dull) whereas the paper from the 50s, was more glossy and had a red line margin; else these are just very cheap notebooks-one that I might have purchased, as at one time I told my mother that I needed 10 cents to buy a notebook and then purchased one for a nickel. Read further to find out what happened to the nickel— I do recall the tables on the back of the notebooks but not the “how to” bits.
I was thinking of the little store beside Central School-on the left facing the school, as that is where a lot of us hung out before/after school if we had money to spend. The shop carried a variety of items including school supplies and more importantly, it was “candy heaven”. Candy such as “jawbreakers, blackballs” (perhaps the same thing) could be purchased for 3 to 4 for a penny. Chocolate bars were 5 cents; perhaps 20 – 30 (more) choices of candy that were displayed in large jars or behind a glass-fronted display case. The candy could be weighed or purchased in lots but very little, if any, were packaged. Can’t recall who operated this store-hoping you have access to a photo. Larry Clark
Author’s Note--Thomas Stevenson and his half sister Miss Brisland operated a grocery store in that location. The store was red tar paper brick back then with the big Central School fence separating the properties. After Mr. Stevenson gave up his business, Mrs. Mulvey carried on until it was turned into a residence occupied by Preston and Laura Shail. In 1975, the Shails made 38 Bridge Street into a residence and now the Smith family run a barbershop on the first floor and there are apartments on the second floor. Read -Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School
Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-The True Carleton Place Story of Joie Bond- by Jennifer Hamilton
Mrs. Bond’s store next to the Mississippi was another great place to visit. Can’t really remember what would have attracted me there, other than the store was packed almost to the ceiling along the walls, and the displays were overflowing with goods. Mostly items of interest to the female population but I’m thinking she may also have sold “candy”?
Of course my memory is not perfect, so there is bound to be confusion regarding the goods being sold.
Ted Walsh–My Mom, Barbara Walsh, bought a lot of the leftover yarn, knitting materials, threads, sewing supplies and some of the fabric when Joie Bond closed her shop. My wife inherited half of whatever Mom did not use, and my sister, Lorna Drummond got the other half. Those materials have been used successfully for years and now my daughter has used the yarns for many projects, there was so much of it. We were very thankful to Joie Bond for all those materials. Read—The True Carleton Place Story of Joie Bond- by Jennifer Hamilton