Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What was I looking for again?

Over the years I’ve developed an ability to pore over dry Sessional Papers or whip through microfilmed Indian Department records with the steely focus of a diamond cutter. But I can’t read newspapers without my simmering ADD boiling over. Forget the important scandal about misspent treaty monies, what I really want to know from that 1910 edition of the Toronto Telegram is why is that quarter-sawn rocker and side chair selling for $15.00? Would Doanes’ Pills work? Can one get a quality gentleman’s truss in Parkdale? Oooh, and look at Simpson’s new line of printed poplin frocks starting at 50¢….

Image: Based on Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogue, 1908.

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