Filler from 1937

One thing that I love about old newspapers is the little bits of filler that would be added to random columns to fill space. Presumably, newspaper editors had a stock of these on hand, and could add one or more as needed.

Here’s two examples from the July 24 1937 edition of the Toronto Daily Star. The first reports details on the wheat crop in Markham:


I had never heard of alsike before – alsike clover, or trifolium hybridum, is used as a forage crop. It may be poisonous for horses.

Here’s the second one:


It’s good to know that they were able to find a greased pig for the contest. How did they find a pig rental agency? Was it listed in the Yellow Pages?

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