In a world
where more and more emphasis is on digital
communication rather than print, we risk
losing visual records of local and world
events as well as images of our culture. News
stories, articles about daily life, photos –
they are easily lost with a touch on 'delete'
or a change to the technology.
newspapers, brochures and pamphlets in the
Onoway Museum's Reading Room transport you
instantly to life 50 years ago – a very
different world. Advertisements tell a lot
about what was new and/or important then.
magazine of January 8, 1965 for example, there
are six full-page ads for cigarettes. A
two-page spread praises the wonders of new
electric appliances: "Modern total electric
home where flameless electricity heats and
cools the whole house, cooks the food,
provides the hot water and dries the family
about the amazing portable TV!! It's the
complete opposite of the monster screen that
now fills the wall of a room in today's home.
there's "Long Distance call – Next best thing
to being there. Try it and see"
Playmate 13" portable TV
A long distance
call means so much
16th issue of Life
has a three-page spread "Does she or doesn't
she?" – an advertisement for Miss Clairol hair
museum's collection of local newspapers is
scanty pre-1970s but the few papers in the
collection tell how important it was to let
everyone know what was happening – who moved
into town, who won prizes at bingo, etc. And
of course a detailed description of what
everyone was wearing at the recent wedding.
honeymoon trip to the United States the bride
donned a grey tweed suit with white hat and
gloves, black patent clutch bag and shoes, and
orchid corsage. Her jewelry was a pearl
necklace and ear-rings, a gift of the groom."