Wednesday, 6 May 2015

May 17, 1950 Winnipeg Free Press Weekly

It's 65 years old - as old as my aunt Margaret! I believe it came to me some time ago, when a friend gave me a box of old books, which this piece of history was a part of.  It feels strange to leaf through a newspaper that's been around longer than I have. It should probably be in Archives somewhere. It's yellowed with age, a bit brittle, the edges are somewhat tattered, but it's still very readable.

Apparently the big news of the day was the flood. Some other things that I noticed as I was catching up on old news:
  • it's especially for farmers
  • nothing on local crime
  • no local sports
  • Blondie hasn't changed
  • no regular columnists 
  • no politics
  • Farmers loved Fords... and most likely Fordsons as well                                                                                                                                                                                                           Here are a few pictures to give you a glimpse into yesteryear along with some chuckles. I got the biggest chuckle out of the article: Farmers More Handsome Than our FPW (Free Press Weekly) Editors.  I wonder if that's still the case.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    "Western Ingenuity" indeed!

    These two ads jumped out at me, because Miller Hatcheries (no longer exists in MB) and cotton bags are both mentioned in my upcoming book,   
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     Subscriptions cost a pretty penny, too.


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