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Dating Single Beds and Jimmy Legs


Dating is now is a cakewalk compared to how it used to be. In the 1950s, for instance, a guy could hardly look at a girl until dad said okay and flirting wasn’t so much about finding someone who likes you for you as it was about convincing a guy that you were pretty and poised enough to make a good wife.

Ladies Home Journal listed 129 ways to get a husband, with suggestions like “attend night school—take courses men like,” “get lost at football games,” and “wear a Band-Aid” because “people always ask what happened.” Oh, and if you want him you can “stumble when you walk into a room that he’s in” or “stand in a corner and cry softly” because “chances are good that he’ll come over to find out what’s wrong.” Giveth me a break LOL!!

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The bad boys of the decade were on a different level and lining the streets looking for girls to catcall. It was also said that there were certain boys talking to a girl while disrespectfully hanging on their bicycle, one leg over the crossbar. Oh the horrors!!

Too Wong Foo Vida gets Raped - YouTube

Advice was given that girls not out of her teens would do better to avoid a dinner engagement but a career girl, from her twenties onward, can accept such an invitation, but she should not stay beyond 10 or 10:30. These social norms were put in place to protect children “from their own possible foolishness, and from destructive gossip.”

 In the ’50s and ’60s, though, women were taught to worry more about their appearances and getting a guy’s attention than they were about actually finding a person they connected with. Advice included things like “buy a full-length mirror and take a good look before you go to greet him” and “go on a diet if you need to.”

“The twin-bed seems to have come to stay,” proclaimed the Yorkshire Herald in 1892, “and will no doubt in time succeed the double bed in all rooms occupied by two persons”.

The proclamation may have proved less than accurate, but for almost a century between the 1850s and 1950s, separate beds were seen as a healthier, more modern option for couples than the double, with Victorian doctors warning that sharing a bed would allow the weaker sleeper to drain the vitality of the stronger.

By the 1920s, twin beds were seen as a fashionable, modern choice. “Separate beds for every sleeper are as necessary as are separate dishes for every eater,” wrote Dr Edwin Bowers in his 1919 volume, Sleeping for Health. “They promote comfort, cleanliness, and the natural delicacy that exists among human beings.” They had also been promoted as part of that constellation of social and cultural configuration comprising modernity” Whoa………………

My grandparents for as long as they were alive had twin beds. I never questioned it as the TV families all had them– so it must be okay.. or maybe they had the ‘jimmy legs”. 🙂

Dating A Farmer — It’s Not All Hearts And Cow Tails

Just Like Internet Dating?— Circa 1913

When Newspapers Gossiped–David Kerr Innisville

Kerr or Ennis? More about the Innisville Scoundrel

Rack’ Em Up Lads! Pool Halls ETC. in Carleton Place


Photos and information from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.

Colour photos- Linda Seccaspina

Early pool room Bowland & McRostie Grocery-upstairs Pool Room, Charlie Walford prop. (Lloyd Hughes 1982 reference)

McRostie Bowland Building 2015

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Jean Isabel Galbraith Findlay , 207 High Street, Carleton Place (Findlay home). 


Findlay Home 207 High Street Carleton Place 2015

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Did these Carleton Place lads frequent the pool halls?

1959-in Front of the Bank of Nova Scotia— Left to right: Blaine Cornell, Gary McLellan, Weldon Armour seated, Dave Gordon, Dale Costello, Bob Bigras, Gerald Griffith, Ray Paquette and Gordon Bassett. Looks like a scene from West Side Story or GLEE 1959 version. Love it!


Stella Lodge, meeting place for the IOOF (International Order of Odd Fellows). Now empty lot where Roy Brown mural is.


Roy Brown Mural Lot 2015

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Shows east side of Bridge street, pool hall is right where the two gentleman are standing. It was called McCann’s run by Cecil McCann. The building at left is on the corner of Franklin Street. Built in 1880’s by William McDirarmid. Rest of block destroyed by fire and rebuilt c. 1897.


South east side Bridge Street 2015




McCann’s Pool Hall on Bridge Street– Ted Hurdis called it–It has to be McCanns. Thats Bill Poulan playing .



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  28 Dec 1932, Wed,  Page 14


Shawn Lanthier said:

The pool hall we grew up with was in the building where the Spartan Pizza place is on Beckwith street. (1985ish) We also had an arcade in the bowling ally that was constantly full of teenagers”. (1970’s)

If the door was open and you got the cue ball wrong it would roll across the street into the paint factory.

It was run by George the Greek and that is basically’s what it was called:)

Norma Jackson: As a shy teenager I used to cross the street rather than walk by the pool hall where all the guys watched you walk by. Then it was just beside Remembrance Gift shop if I remember correctly.
Kate Rattray: I absolutely adore the CPHS sweater Mr.Bassett is wearing in that picture of the gang outside the bank! Why don’t we sell retro sweaters like that as a fundraiser for the high school ?!! I’d sure buy one!!

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

Did we have a seedy side of town? LOL