Thursday, March 29, 2007
Right: a quick conference to assess the state of what to look for downstairs.
I accomplished a major achievement that astonished the others: I walked out of Ikea with empty hands. Not that I wasn't tempted, but I figure any major purchases can be put off until later this summer, since I figure it will take that long to either conduct a CD purge or finish unpacking the remaining boxes in my kitchen (I want to place either shelving or a second prep area where junk now sits).
We managed to fit coffee table and passengers into the official Warehouse vehicle, even it the backseat occupant had a higher-than-normal view.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Before driving back to TO last weekend, I decided to check out the progress on the ongoing demolition of White Woods Mall. Quite a bit had changed since Christmas...
Note the "Road Closed" sign. There is a good reason for this...
Full set of pictures.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
This would be a fairly old bank building, as the Standard Bank of Canada was absorbed by the Canadian Bank of Commerce in 1928, one of the many bank mergers that led to today's CIBC.
Photo taken on Hwy 12, Brechin, Ontario, March 11, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
First the tender goodness of Burns Meat Balls, so special we have the can under wraps until we come up with a design that does these regal treats justice. Housewives note that Burns Meat Balls are the perfect accompaniment to those rice and pea rings pictured in every general purpose cookbook!
Second comes Burns Bologna, a space-age wonder that provides versatile convenience. Place it between your favourite bread and vegetables for an elegant sandwich. Cut into long round sticks for Baloney Dogs children will love. Serve with pickles as shown here to make you stand out as a sophisticated host at your next party. You'll need more than two cans - try Burns Bologna in triplicate!
Finally, you will be a smiling chef too when you open a can of Burns Pan Fried Hamburgers. It takes a monster pan to provide you with these economic edibles. Why risk food poisoning from poorly butchered fresh ground meat when Burns provides the 100% sanitary alternative? Did we mention it's economical?
Don't forget our satisfying standbys - Spork and Speef!
The fall 1948 Burns tinned meat lineup - stock up your pantry today!
Source: National Home Monthly, September 1948
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Don't say I didn't warn you...
A salad plate consisting of chips, slaw (depending on what was in the dressing - surprised there's no bacon), mayo-topped aspic and Spork...not sure if this strikes the right nutritional note 60 years on.
We move on to a scrumptious plate of tinned sausage with "deep fat" mashed potato balls rolled in cornflakes. I guess the "Campfire" name makes sense, in that they wouldn't go rotten during a long sojourn in the wild.
Finally, Speef gets to strut its stuff after a fleeting appearance last week. Very odd presentation, like a low-end roast beef given the trimmings usually associated with baked ham (glazed and studded with cloves?). The Burns chef couldn't get pork off their mind. Anyone else think the "sweet potatoes" look like neon-dyed pear halves?
Source: National Home Monthly, May 1948
Monday, March 12, 2007
I like it when the library surprises me.
Yes, I could look for books in the catalogue, but there's something to be said for the thrill of the hunt, for hitting the stacks with a vague notion of what you're looking for and being amused or amazed by what you find in different branches.
Recently, I stumbled upon found a 1970 textbook about our region, Graham Lamont's Toronto and York County: A Sample Study. It appears to be a textbook aimed at upper elementary or high school students. It includes many period pictures of the city, including this one of Bloor east of Avenue, just as high-rise building was kicking in.
Tell-tale sign this is a textbook? The margins are full of questions to ponder.
Several don't have answers any clearer than they were nearly 40 years ago(i.e., "what in your opinion is the best use for this waterfront land?").
Here are a dozen for you to answer. You choose whether to answer from a modern standpoint or with 1970 blinkers on. Spelling and grammar have not been edited.
1) Using a map of York County and Metropolitan Toronto, list as many place names as you can find containing the word Mill or Mills.
2) What is another name for a barrel maker? (yes, this is a vital question in the history of the settlement of Toronto!)
3) What in your opinion is the best part of the city for high-rise apartment blocks? Why?
4) Write a description of Metro as you imagine it will be in the year 2000.
5) Why is a single-storey building better for a suburban light industry than a multi-storey building?
6) What man-made features seem to have determined the limits of the Central Business District?
7) What would be the disadvantages of locating (a) a sporting goods store, (b) a book and gift store in a neighbourhood business street?
8) If both the Yorkdale Plaza (Mall) and the Central Business District were the same distance from your home, in which would you choose to do your Christmas shopping? Why?
9) The CBC in Toronto has a downtown location while the private TV station (Ed Note: this refers to CFTO, located at McCowan and 401) is on the edge of the city. Which do you think is the more advantageously situated? Why?
10) Do you think that the citizens of Toronto suffer from having too many governments? Give your reasons.
11) Would it better to have one single municipal government for Metro?
12) Why cannot the lakeshore in Scarborough be used for recreational purposes?
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Kam. Klik. Prem. Treet. Spork. The names cemented tinned meat's comedy potential
My eyes popped when I noticed Spork's "companion meat" - Speef! Is it "spiced beef"? Dog food brought up to human standards? Pressure-cooked meat loaf?
Trust me folks, this ad is only the tip of the tinned meat iceberg...
Links: A guide to Spam and its knockoffs. Also found a site with tons of info about Spam, even if it hasn't been updated since 1996.
Source: National Home Monthly, June 1947