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The Horrors of Wool, Bread Bags, and Red Dye Number 7

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The Horrors of Wool, Bread Bags, and Red Dye Number 7

The Horrors of Wool, Bread Bags, and Red Dye Number 7 Linda Knight Seccaspina

During the 50s because of the baby boom, there was suddenly a high demand for more stylish clothing for children. Many boys began to wear jeans to elementary school– but girls of all ages were still expected–if not required-to wear dresses and skirts for school, church, parties, and even for shopping.

Out of all the outfits I wore as a child I remember my 3-piece red wool winter snowsuit. It was a short red wool swing jacket with matching jodhpurs and a hat. That particular red outfit and enduring Toni Perms would have been enough to drive me to a psychologist for years.  

There was nothing like playing out in the snow with this 3 piece red wool outfit on. I have to wonder what manufacturers and mothers were thinking. It wasn’t warm, and when it got wet it weighed triple its weight. The scratchy wool fabric rubbed my thighs so much that chafing couldn’t even be called a word. 

Red dye number 7 has never been safe for the world, but in the 50s when you removed coloured wet wool your skin matched the shade you had been wearing. It took a lot of scrubbing to get the colour residue off, but nothing was redder than my raw inner thighs. I had matching red rubber boots and sometimes I had to wear bread bags on my feet in those boots to stay dry.

My friends next door hated the snow boots they had to wear. They were black boots with buckles on the front that every male in any generation seemed to wear. They were tough to put on and were even more difficult to remove. Worn over shoes, the heels of your  shoe would tend to become wedged in the narrow neck of those boots.

To remove the boots at school, the boys would have to sit down on the hallway floor and try to unbuckle the now soaking wet buckles, which was difficult to do with cold hands. The boys could never seem to get their feet out of them without a fight. One boot or the other was always stuck halfway off, with one foot seemingly wedged in at some strange angle. Parents thought the solution to this was once again to place empty bread bags over their  shoes before the boots, but it never helped. That idea only caused them to have to deal with wet, empty bread bags along with the boots. At least their parents were there to help in the fight to get the boots on at home, but at school the kids were on their own. By the time those feet got into the still damp boots, the school was nearly empty. 

I hated wearing navy blue school tunics and white blouses and Monday seemed to be the only day I could wear the same white blouse as Friday without anyone knowing. In those days we wore uniforms so everyone would be dressed the same and no one would feel slighted. 

Then there were the tights– yes, the tights. They were so uncomfortable and scratchy that I couldn’t help but complain. I even snuck into one of the church’s closets one Sunday before the service and took the tights off. Unfortunately my Grandmother caught me  without my tights under my Choir robe and told me sternly, ”you have to put them on now!” I told her that they were uncomfortable but she told me I had to wear them for the rest of the church service at least. There just seemed to be something unfeminine about not being able to sit down comfortably with the crotch sagging down to your knees.

Now, most fashion for kids is just as trendy as adult fashion– even more for school. Every style comes back, even if you don’t want it too. Today, you need a small loan to buy a school uniform and as for the bread bags, well, I hear Reynolds Oven Bags, size Large, do a better job than Wonder Bread bags! As for the chafing– at my age my thighs don’t chafe anymore. They just applaud my efforts as I move around.

Stay safe!!

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Remembering Daniel Ensley Larocque

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Remembering Daniel Ensley Larocque

January 1955

 Almonte lost a popular resident Friday night in the sudden death of Daniel Ensley Larocque at the early age of 44. He was. an enthusiastic athlete, a former member of the Almonte hockey team which reached its peak in the early 1930’s. An hour before the heart seizure which proved fatal, he had been on skates again playing a pick-up game in the local arena. It is thought that this exertion was too much for him and brought on his-untimely end. Danny, as he was better known to his friends, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Larocque, Almonte, and was bom in Darling Twp. 44 years ago. 20 years ago he married the former Jean Clarke of Ottawa and Almonte, who survives with one daughter and two sons, Diane, 14, Danny, 12, at home and Clarke, 18, of Toronto. Besides his parents he is also survived by three sisters and two brothers, Carmel (Mrs. John Kennedy) of Kinburn; Florence (Mrs. George Hourigan) and Alma (Mrs. Joseph Coady) both of Almonte, and George of Almonte and William of Lanark. 

Mr. Larocque joined the Almonte volunteer fire brigade 18 years ago and worked his way up to be captain of the brigade, a position he still held at the time of his death. He was also a member of the local Legion, having served overseas during World War II with the Canadian armed forces. He started his hockey career 25 years ago when he played with the Almonte team when it was at the peak of its winning streak and he had been active in that sport ever since in one capacity or another. 

When he was not refereeing a hockey game played by the younger generation, he was acting as time-keeper in the penalty box for the intermediate games. Following the town league game he played on Friday night, a short time before his death, he had made arrangements with the rink manager, Harry Nontell to give up playing and referee the town league games for the remainder of the season. During the Summer months Dan could always be seen playing softball, another of his favorite sports. In later years he took up curling in his spare time. 

As a young man he was employed by Taylor Brothers hardware store for a number of years. In 1941 he joined the Army and went overseas where he served in England, Italy and other parts of Europe. Following his discharge he took over the delivery service of the Canadian Pacific Express office and he also transported the mail between the trains and the post office. After seven leirs in the employ of the CPE, he built a service station and lunch bar which he operated for a short time before selling out in the Fall of 1954. 

On Sunday night the local firemen paraded in a body to the Comba funeral home and paid their final respects to th^jr captain. During the afternoon members of the local legion attended the largely attended funeral was held Monday morning to St. Mary’s Catholic Church for requiem mass at nine a.m., and thence to St. Mary’s Cemetery. Rev. Maurice Egan, P.P., conducted the service. 

The pallbearers were: Messrs Geo. Hourigan, Joe Coady, John Kennedy, Don Houston, Douglas Houston and Geo. Villeneuve. Among many old friends who attended the funeral from a distance were Messrs Wllmot Little and Jack Washburn of Temiskaming, Quebec.

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Remembering the Old Log Timber Slide

The LeMaistre Garage Fire

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The LeMaistre Garage Fire

1936 Almonte Gazette

Fire thought to have resulted from electric wiring or a v-belt on a motor, did damage estimated at $1,000s of dollars early Monday morning at Ed’s Body Shop, which is located in the former LeMaistre garage building.

The blaze was discovered at 4.30 in the morning by Thomas Dean, night man at Hotel Almonte which is located next to the structure where the fire broke out. Mr. Dean said he noticed smoke, heard something like an explosion and then saw the ruddy glow. He turned in the alarm. It was a tough assignment for the fire- brigade as the thermometer was hovering around six below zero .

There were hydrants close to the building and the hose was hooked onto the one of High Street next to the hotel. The fire started In a narrow wing of the building that comes out to the sidewalk. Materials such as paint used by auto body workers are very inflammable and apt to explode. The smoke and fumes were dense and the firemen fought the blaze for a considerable time in the bitter, frosty air.

An examination of the premise in daylight showed considerable damage but the blaze had not broken through the walls or the roof and seemed to have been confined to the upper part of the section affected. The only explanation was defective wiring or a motor which came on automatically from time to time to keep up air pressure for spraying machinery.

The fire chief, Durward Washburn on looking things over, thought a v-belt might have done the damage through friction due to slipping when worn. At any rate an examination of the area around the stove showed the fire did start there, so electricity seemed to be the logical answer.

Mr. Gosset, who rents the building from Mr. John LeMaistre had some insurance on part of his equipment, it will be several days before he is operating’ again. A Cadillac car and a newly painted truck will require new paint jobs as a result of the heat, otherwise they were not damaged. Damage to the equipment was not too serious, according to the owner. It is a good thing Mr. Dean happened to see the fire because at 4.30 in the morning there is little or no traffic on that part of Bridge Street and the garage is flanked on either side by the O’Brien Theatre and the Hotel Almonte. Harry Gunn.s Clover Farm groceteria Is located across the street.

January 1957

Lots of queries this morning. Pete Brunelle asks- Hi Linda would like to know if you found any pics of my grandfather garage , LeMaistre and son , and also my great Grandfather blacksmiths shop , which he ended up bring in an automobile at the time to tera down and rebuild ,, Would love to have something of that nature ,, My grandfather garage is now HB Auto– Anyone have anything?

Steve Nelson Though I am not from Almonte…I really enjoy and appreciate your efforts on this Facebook page. I have great memories of summer holidays spent there as a child visiting my grandparents (Jack and Flo LeMaistre on Water St). Our family goes back to the late 1800’s in Almonte. Thanks again for all your efforts in helping to recall those happy times

A piece of LeMaistre history on Pete Brunelles page.. Love this photo-Steve Nelson Love this picture. That was my great grandfather Edward LeMaistre. Although I didn’t get to meet him as he died 10 years before I was born, my mother always speaks of what a nice man he was.❤️

A piece of LeMaistre history on Pete Brunelles page.. Love this photo–John Armour —The picture was taken at my grandparents (George and Mae LeMaistre) in the dining room at 93 George Street, C.P. The dining room table (extended in original photo with a card table or two) was in the house when my great grandfather bought five house for back taxes, for each of his children. This dining room table (in original picture), now resides in my dining room here in Kingston, Ontario and is still used today by Annie and me for dinners.

From Pete Brunelle— Linda Seccaspina I believe it is on water street in Almonte–the boy is my grandfather , with his 2 sisters and mother and father ,

Break In! Thurston’s Garage and Lunch Bar

Clippings of the Winslow-Spragge Name and the Local Garage

Sir Malcolm Campbell Bluebird for Sale at Taylor’s Garage?

Wilbert Foster Garage Fire —Lanark

Almonte Genealogy– LeMaistre’s or Currie Family — Steve Nelson

Celebrating Christmas in July — Mary Cook Archives — LeMaistre

Caldwell Public School Evan Greenman Ted LeMaistre – Thanks to Pete Brunelle

Stories of a Talking Trudy Doll ..

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Stories of a Talking Trudy Doll ..
1954 Almonte Gazette
1954 Christmas Linda Knight Seccaspina– at Grammy Knight’s home on South Street in Cowansville, Quebec.

I don’t have many photos from my childhood, but this photo above is a favourite of mine. I have often wondered what this doll was as I have never come across it in my research journeys until last week. There it was, staring at me from the 1954 pages of the Almonte Gazette. I remember my doll talking, but it wasn’t 24 inches long so I assume it was a fake Trudy doll bought at the local 5 and 10 “The Ritz Store” situated on the Main street in Cowansville, Quebec.

My people didn’t travel much, so my beloved doll was a knock off, just like the knock off purse I got myself last week. But, my friend Stacey says we shouldn’t call anything fake anymore— you call it “designer inspired” as it’s all about the verbiage. Sovthe Trudy doll I had was “designer inspired” LOLOLOL.

This doll meant a lot to me as my mother was in the hospital a lot so she was a constant friend. I even used her on my book about cancer, because I never forgot her.

Trudy is long gone, so when I tried to find about the doll I found out that one of the Trudy dolls became haunted. This is nothing new to me– seriously…. read-The Spirits Are Alive and Well

On one of my excursions, we headed to a well known haunted area of the Maine coast called Wiscasset. Naturally when I saw a lawn sale at a run down house directly next door an old run down cemetary I had to stop. The toys were being ‘sold’ by the girl in the family who was maybe 7. She had all her items displayed on a blanket and was sitting with them. I thought it was strange that she had a doll in a box it didnt go in so I decided to ask this girl about it! I asked how much she wanted for the doll, and asked her if that was her original box, knowing it wasnt.

She looked at me point blank and said: “No, I put her in the box to keep her still at night”. I said, “Well did it work”? She said, “Not until I put the tape on it”. I have left this this taped up and have never opened the box.I could tell this girl was dealing with something supernatural in her life. She felt that whatever entity was in this doll had been contained to the box. There is immediately something scarey or strange about this doll in the box. The box was made of tin & plastic and I did not buy it.

I later saw a similar crazy doll on EBay (in a box) sell for $500.

Double, double, toil and trouble; no more Love Potion Number 9’s but we can still buy these silly dolls. I wonder if the sales of “Jesus or Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich” will now have restrictions? Cheesus Christ!

Well at least each eBay sale is protected through PayPal;  but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been scammed by a Craigslist soul. Sadly these people that once bought these new prohibited items are now going to have to settle for an out-of-eBay experience. I used to think these things were scary– I realized real people are LOLOL

The Dolls of Queen Victoria 1899

Dolls We Have Known and Loved- Photos

Hocus Pocus —Untangling The Sutherland Sisters

The Union Hall Family Meeting November 1955 Names Names Names

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The Union Hall Family Meeting November 1955 Names Names Names
Union Hall was built in 1857 and has been used for over 150 years as a library, meeting hall, place of worship, family reunions, memorial services, dances, parties. The Union Hall Women’s Institute helped with the expansion of the stage and well-loved dance floor. MM website

November 1957 Almonte Gazette

The Union Hall group met in the Community Hall on Wednesday evening, November 6th. This was “Family Night” and there were fifteen members and 43 visitors present. It was moved that alloutstanding bills be paid. Correspondence dealing with mental health was left over until next meeting. A letter from the Naismith Memorial Hospital Almonte committee, stated that they were transferring their funds to the JR. M. Hospital to be used under their charter for a new hospital, the name of which is undecided.

Mrs. Neil McIntosh, representing this branch, reported on a meeting held in Almonte, Nov. 5. She told of the need of help for the making of dressings for the Cancer Society and that means of transportation to the clinic would be gratefully received. She also gave a few of the highlights of Dr. MacDowall’s talk. When business was concluded, the meeting was given over to the convenors for Community Activities and Public Relations, Mrs. Alfred James and Mrs. Roy Robertson.

The motto: “Fun is the cheapest medicine and the easiest to take” was explained by Mrs. Bert Thompson and the roll call was, “Which has most influence in a child’s life, the home, the school or the church?” The members were unanimous in their opinion that the first named was the correct answer. Mrs. Alfred James conducted a contest on ‘Community Surnames’ which was won by Mrs. McMunn and Mrs. Sutherland. All present joined in this. Mrs! Morris Turner conducted a bow contest which lasted throughout the evening and was much enjoyed.

1st prize, Mary James; 2nd prize, Mrs. Keith McMunn. Two, one-act plays were presented and were much enjoyed. The first called, “The Lucky Ones,” dealing with public relations, was put on by several W. I. members. The second, “The Grass Is Always Greener’’ was presented by the Girls’ 4-H Club. A deliciousi pot luck supper was served at long tables and a social hour spent. Mr. Kenneth Robertson moved a hearty vote of thanks to those who supplied the humorous program and to the ladies for the bountiful refreshments. All joined in singing God Save the Queen.

The Old Union Hall Cheese Factory By Berenice McKay

Did you Know Mother Goose Came from Blakeney and Union Hall ?

The Union Hall Knitter — John Morrow

Sparks are Flying at Union Hall

Life Before the Remote……Linda Knight Seccaspina

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Life Before the Remote……Linda Knight Seccaspina

Life Before the Remote……Linda Knight Seccaspina

The first TV program I remember watching as a child was the Mantovani Show, and not only was it boring, but it was in black and white. Because we lived 14 miles from the Vermont border in Quebec we were lucky to be able to receive some American television, and not just the staple Canadian three.

Cartoon Corner and Howdy Doody were favourites of mine back in the day on CBC. I also remembered having to unplug the TV when a thunderstorm occurred as my Mother said it was “going to blow the house up if one of those bolts wrapped around the venetian blinds”. Of course, I still think of that when it’s storming outside sitting in my lazy boy chair that’s pointed at the television along with every other piece in the room, and still with decorative venetian blinds.

Every night at 5 in 1961 I would watch the CBC TV show Razzle Dazzle hosted by Suzanne Somer’s husband, Alan Hamel. I had entered a writing contest and was eagerly waiting to hear if I won a pen with my “meatless meat pie” essay. A few weeks later I found out that I had indeed won a Razzle Dazzle pen for my story along with a photo of Howard the Turtle.

One day in the 60’s my father went to Keith Lachasseur’s Appliance store on the Main Street in Cowansville and came home with a colour TV. I didn’t really care one way or the other as I was actually used to the rainbow hues of “the plastic sheet” on the front of the television. It ‘simulated’ full colour along with rabbit ears covered in tinfoil to stimulate even better viewing. Of course it was sold as a cheap alternative to buying an expensive colour TV and its promise had sucked my father in. I think he immediately knew he had the wool pulled over his eyes, but never knowingly admitting a mistake, he insisted that it was ‘just as good’ as the real thing.

In our family he was the only person allowed to touch the new TV and he was always up on the roof adjusting the antenna to get the best

picture. After seeing everything in black and white while we simultaneously hunted dinosaurs in those days my world had now progressed to technicolor with a new neighbour coming in every night to see ‘the TV.’ Some of the highlights were: ‘Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Colour’ when Tinkerbell would splash colour on the screen and of course the burning map on the TV show Bonanza was priceless.

One night my father went out to a Lodge meeting and my friend Sheila came over to watch The Man from U.N.C.L.E. David McCallum, who played  “Ilelya Kuryakin” on the show, had been dubbed the “British James Dean” and was the only reason I watched that show. The fact that I had always seen him cast as a delinquent was a bonus for me since there is nothing like a bad boy. Sheila and I sat down and got ready to watch. The NBC Peacock came on and it remained in black and white. Where was the colour?.

Was my father really not at  the Lodge meeting and adjusting the roof antenna so I could not enjoy the show? The Man from U.N.C.L.E began and I started fidgeting around with the buttons. Instead of black and white the show suddenly turned red and then blue and I wondered if the rainbow plastic sheet had found its way inside the TV. Was I doomed?  After fidgeting some more the picture started skipping and I had to play around with the “horizontal hold” button. I think all of you remember that particular button with joy and happiness.

Illya still stared at me in glorious black and white, and I stopped playing with the buttons. Fifteen minutes before the show ended my father came in and tweaked his magic and it turned from black and white to colour.

Once you had colour TV you never went back to black and white- you just went to “upgrade”. Some of my friends in the late 60’s used LSD instead, and their whole lives became Technicolor — without television. My family just continued to ‘upgrade’ and in lieu of Don Messer’s Jubilee we watched Tommy Hunter on Friday nights. Who knew a

Hoedown, Tommy Hunter and Brenda Lee could all exist in colour together?

McLuhan once said,“The medium is in the message”– or was that ‘the massage’.   But now we are confronted with all sorts of media so pardon me while I check my Facebook Twitter and Instagram and watch a season of something on Netflix real quick. Just remember if someone had not invented the TV we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners.

Sock it to me!

Renfrew Fair 1953-1953-Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson

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Renfrew Fair 1953-1953-Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson
1953-Thanks to Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson

These photos are from the 104 page1953 magazine ” Renfrew and its Fair Through 100 Years” By Henry J. Walker who wrote the Carleton Saga. Donated by- Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson

The greatest fair in the Ottawa Valley since 1853.” It is an exciting four days with ample amount of activities such as: Beef Shows, Heavy & Light Horse Shows, 4-H & Interclub Shows, Swine & Lambs, many more Livestock events, Exhibits, Art, Domestic Science, Women’s Institute Displays, Floriculture, Fruit, Vegetables, Junior Classes, Needlework and so much more.

Renfrew Fair 2021!!

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1953-Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson

1953-Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson

1953-Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson

CLIPPED FROM
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 Sep 1953, Wed  •  Page 20
CLIPPED FROM
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Sep 1953, Thu  •  Page 23
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Sep 1953, Sat  •  Page 34

The Salvation Army 1958

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The Salvation Army 1958

May 12, 1958

Commissioner W. Wycliffe Booth, Salvation Army leader In Canada and Bermuda, and Mr. Booth officiated at the formal opening of the new $20,000 Salvation Army Citadel on Bridge Street here Saturday afternoon. Thanking the public for its support, Commissioner Booth stated that the Carleton Place citadel is one of 28 citadels now under way in Canada.

“The Salvation Army Is enjoying a period of considerable expansion in Canada at present,” Commissioner Booth stated. The new citadel is of cement block with brick facing. It has a seating capacity for 135 persons. It has a five-room apartment at the rear for second Lieutenant and Mrs. Edwin Gurney, commanding officers of the Army here. It has a basement as a centre for young peoples activities.

The Ottawa Citadel Band, under Bandmaster Ron Dymond, participated in the opening ceremony and gave a festival program at the citadel in the evening as well. The Carleton Place Salvation Army Band, mainly composed of young people, with old instruments, made a hit at the afternoon ceremony. The band is instructed by second Lieutenant Gurney. Spontaneous Collection Commissioner Booth, holding up one of the old instrument used by the band, made a $50 contribution toward buying new instruments. Sr. Major William Ross. Montreal, divisional commander, added a $50 contribution from divisional headquarters.

A spontaneous collection was taken up, which with these two gifts, realized $230, for the purpose. Major G. W. Comba of Carleton Place and Rev. H. Griffin of Memorial Park United Church brought town and fraternal greetings at the opening ceremony. A message was read also from George H. Doucett, MP for Lanark. Officials Present Salvation Army officials participating in the opening ceremony along with Commissioner and Mrs. Booth were: Brigadier Frank Moulton, Toronto, national young peoples work secretary; Sr. Major and Mrs. Ross, Montreal; Sr. Major Herbert Honey-church of the Ottawa Citadel; Brigadier N. B. Bell, Army public relations officer, Ottawa; and the local commanding officers. About 200 attended the afternoon ceremony and the evening band festival, many having to stand to participate in the two services. Commissioner Booth preached at the Citadel service on Sunday evening, again to a capacity attendance. 

All photos –Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich
This was also on Facebook Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
March 16, 2020  · 

Ladies of the Carleton Place Salvation Army with their Harvest Display. Thanks to Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich for this and other photos of Rose Poynter, Army member.
I am honoured to feature a photo in this story about the 1958 Salvation Army from from Nigel Klemencic-Puglisevich– This was also on Facebook Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Nigel said is family in Carleton Place ( Poynter) were very active in the Salvation Army, particularly his great-grandmother’s sister, Rose Poynter in the photo. The Salvation Army was her whole life! She never married, she spent most of her time doing work for them.



Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

before and after

Old Notebooks Larry Clark and I Once Had a Math Teacher like This!

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Old Notebooks Larry Clark and I Once Had a Math Teacher like This!



I was checking out the tables and a lot of terms are archaic or not in use even in my school days. i. e. 1 solid foot (cubic now). “aliquot parts of a pound”, and when was the pound worth $4.86C? Google: didn’t help much other than the $4.86 rate was in effect from the mid 1800s to the 1930s. 
one example: 
Student Life in English Canada during the Thirties (Montreal and Kingston 1990), pp. … The pound sterling was worth $4.86.

Check the “Long Measure”, Interesting?

Thanks Larry for these!

Notations About Our Brave Little Toasters– Jaan Kolk

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Notations About Our Brave Little Toasters– Jaan Kolk
Kyle McCulloch — Look at the one on the left flaunting her wealth with a four slicer! Conspicuous consumption!

Last week I posted this on Facebook and said:

WHEN mankind emerged from the primordial ooze that was that was the 1940s, homes began a rapid upgrade. The Western nations’ economies grew in tandem with technology, and the benefits began to enter the home in the form of appliances that promised to transform the household. Now you could own a toaster – oh, the possibilities!

I had comments such:

Ted Hurdis You must be rich owning a four slice toaster. Hahaha

Theresa Fritz I am so glad times have changed. Imagine is your highlight is to be that excited over a toaster?

Jeff Atkinson Theresa… I can recall some equally enraptured Facebook posts from more than a few friends the day they got their Hotpot a few years back. 😉

Roy Rogers I nearly nuked our kitchen in the early 60’s thanks to one of those toasters.
Buttered the bread b4 toasting.
Yep. The sheep dog phoned 999.

Greg Nephin The woman in the picture looks pretty happy.. I think I just figured out my birthday present for the wife.




Myke Adaptiv

this is the toaster i got when I had my first place. nearly burned the apartment down several times with it.

And then Ottawa historian began submitting cool facts,…..

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Jaan Kolk A toast to Albert Marsh! I think that in general, the lone inventor is a romantic myth. Most inventions are the culmination of many small contributions. Often, the “inventor” credited had, one the one hand, foresaw something that could be easily predicted but, on the other hand, did not have the means to produce a really useful version. In those cases, the real inventor was the one who came up with the small innovation that made the thing practical.

As far back as the 1880s people foresaw various electrical appliances that used resistive heating, and claimed inventions, but none of those things really came to be in a meaningful way until the nickel-chrome alloy known as nichrome or chromel was developed in 1905. So here’s to Albert Marsh, the real inventor of the toaster!

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Jaan Kolk Linda, your post sent me looking into the history of the toaster, and I came across this win-a-toaster jingle contest from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sept. 24, 1909. The toaster appears to be the 1909 General Electric model pictured on John Desmond’s page.

The toaster was also for sale for $4.00 (with a monthly payment plan) including cord and plug. Or, if you already had their iron, you could use its cord and just buy the toaster for $3.00. That brought back childhood memories of old irons and kettles with detachable cords. To the extent that I had thought about it at all, I guess I thought it was just for easier maintenance, as the cord might fail before the appliance did, but seeing the picture in Desmond’s article made a light come on!

In the early years of electricity, there was no standard power outlet, and the “plug” was typically something that screwed into a lamp socket (which *was* standardized.) To avoid twisting the chord excessively, one would screw the “plug” into the lamp socket before plugging the other end into the appliance, so the detachable cord was a great convenience.

Have you had toast in England?

Jaan Kolk Linda Seccaspina, oh there is toast in England – I’ve had it. It is served dead cold; they have special racks to speed up the cooling. If you want it warm, that’s “fried bread” – but it’s greasy.

I believe it was George Bernard Shaw who said that England and America are two countries divided by a common language.

Jaan Kolk Question that just came to me: could it be said that the electric toaster was the greatest thing since sliced bread?

Found- Maley’s Medical Knife — Jackknife– So What’s the Story Morning Glory? Jaan Kolk

The Marvellous Jaan Kolk

I’ve Got a Hex on You — Jaan Kolk and Linda Seccaspina –Historic Rabbit Hole Series

Was the Butter Tart Really Invented in Barrie, Ontario? Jaan Kolk Files

Particulars About Pure Spring Ginger Ale — Jaan Kolk and Linda Seccaspina Historic Rabbit Hole Series

Talking Through Your Hat? Jaan Kolk

So Where Was Caldwell Mills? Thanks Jaan Kolk

The Thrift Store Couple – More Information-Jaan Kolk

The House on the Hill — Up the 8th Line of Ramsay — Jaan Kolk Files

Britannia Boat House Doomed— April 1907 Ice Jam –Jaan Kolk Files

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign–Dr. Winters 154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place –Jaan Kolk Files

Please take the Devil Out of Me? Rev. James Wilson of Lanark

Did You Know we Once Had a Grand Hotel? The Grand Central Hotel

The Cholera Epidemic of 1911

The Ashton Hotel– Questions Questions Flemmings and McFarlanes

Benoit & Richardson Photo– a Mystery

Before there was Baker Bob’s There was The Almonte Bakery

Does Anyone Remember Cohen’s in Lanark Village?

A. Huckels & Co. -The Story of a Bottle- Thanks to Jaan Kolk

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