For three solid years

The September 27 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained another testimonial for Husky patent medicine. (An earlier endorsement was discovered here.)


As usual when an actual name and address appear in an ad, I check in the Toronto city directories to see if the person actually existed. Usually, I find the person, but not this time: I couldn’t find Thomas G. Harvey in the 1927, 1928, or 1929 city directory. And 260 Seaton was occupied by, in order of year, by “Mrs. Williams”, William Leakey, and Edward Andrews.

Perhaps Mr. Harvey stayed in town only briefly – only long enough to consume three bottles of Husky, relieve his stomach pains, and then go on his way. I’ll never know.

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