STORES OF CANADA: MERCHANTS AND MEMORIES
Images), 2002, ISBN 1-894073-29-0, $24.95
The general store is just the place, sings
Anne Shirley in the musical Anne of Green Gables, for all the
needs of the human race. General Stores of
Canada: Merchants and Memories shows that for much of Canadian history,
general stores, and their antecedents, trading posts, have indeed supplied most
if not all the needs of Canadians. In these stores, we shopped, we told our
stories and we even borrowed money. As well as being purveyors of goods,
storekeepers played the role of justices of the peace, fire chiefs, and even
psychologists. Often a settlement began with the founding of the store.
Québec was so founded, as was Vancouver. Kindersley, Saskatchewan, was
one of scores of Prairie towns that began with a store in a tent. The book
deals with store architecture, store interiors and storekeepers. It is richly
illustrated with photographs collected across the country.
You will not want to miss this
panoramic and personal history of general stores in Canada.
This book is guaranteed to make you
laugh, and once in a while it may even bring a tear to the eye.
COMMENTS RE GENERAL STORES OF
CANADA: MERCHANTS AND MEMORIES:
Rae Fleming explores the
origins of Canadas love affair with shopping through the history of its
general stores. (Will Ferguson).
Rae B. Fleming
1606 Rd 46, Woodville ON, K0M 2T0 CANADA