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Giveaways Gave Us Memories

 

Johnny's
                      Coffee ShopJohn LafleurBusinessmen have long recognized that investing in "giveaways" was not dollars thrown away. These little souvenirs became part of a person's everyday life and have been tucked away, to be found again years later. Onoway Museum is fortunate to have a variety of these gifts that remind us of pop culture trinkets but perhaps more importantly, businesses that no longer exist.

 

In today’s world, smoking is not promoted but back in the 1950s and 60s, every café had ashtrays on the table, and that was a good giveaway to customers. Johnny's Café not only served excellent food but sold "smokers supplies" as well. Packets of matches printed with the business name were pulled out along with the pack of cigarettes.

 

Thermometers were valued giveaways. John Lafleur's thermometer was meant to be mounted outdoors but the one from Dagsgard's service station was a decorative indoor model as was the one from B & B Corner. A very utilitarian giveaway was the rain gauge from Onoway Building Supplies. What about the pocket mirror from Eddy Dales?

 



Pocket ledgers, rulers, address books, keychains, bottle openers – they were everywhere. Have you got some tucked in a drawer? Or, better yet, still in use?


 

 

Onoway
                            Building Supplies
B
                            & B Corner
Dagsgard
John
                            Mills 57-58
Eddy
                            Dales
Koch's
                            Home Furnishings
Len
                            Grierson Distributors
Onoway
                            Hotel
Onoway
                            Custom Packers

Otto Raesler Insurance


 

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 Last updated: September 5, 2014