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    First Canada Day: cheering and wailing in 1867

    June 28th, 2013

    All Canada celebrates its 146 birthday on Monday, July 1. But on that date in 1867,there was both cheering and wailing. Toronto celebrated with a roasted ox, while in Nova Scotia, a Father of Confederation was burned in effigy, with a live rat. Read the rest of this entry »

    A billiard table upstairs keeps the boys home

    June 11th, 2013

    An upstairs billiard room is an effective antidote to athletic sports that “disintegrate family life,” says the Toronto Mail and Empire, September 5, 1895. With athletic sports, “The boys are at baseball matches, the gymnasium, on the road bicycling. They are never at home, except to eat and sleep.” Read the rest of this entry »

    The story of how Medicine Hat got its name

    June 6th, 2013

    The romantic legend that tells how Medicine Hat, Alberta, got its name is told in The Leader, Regina, July 5, 1883. Read the rest of this entry »

    TLC for your great-grandfathers watch

    June 4th, 2013

    The meticulous care and feeding of the men’s pocket watch, as detailed in the Regina Standard, Regina, January 29, 1891. Read the rest of this entry »