writer, researcher, editor, lecturer

 


R.B. (Rae) Fleming













GENERAL STORES OF CANADA: MERCHANTS AND MEMORIES

(Toronto: Lynx Images), 2002, ISBN 1-894073-29-0, $24.95

General Stores of Canada“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.

See the bibliography.

General Stores of CanadaCOMMENTS RE GENERAL STORES OF CANADA: MERCHANTS AND MEMORIES:

“Rae Fleming explores the origins of Canada’s love affair with shopping through the history of its general stores.” (Will Ferguson).


For further information contact
Rae B. Fleming
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rb.fleming@bell.net
705-439-2337 or 1606 Rd 46, Woodville ON, K0M 2T0 CANADA


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