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76th birthday party

Here’s an ad from the October 5 1951 edition of the Toronto Daily Star for Northway and Son, the women’s clothes manufacturer that had been in business for 76 years.

The Dictionary of Canadian Biography has an entry on the original John Northway, who opened a store in Tillsonburg in 1873. He went on to be successful enough to leave a $1.8 million dollar estate when he passed away in 1926. That’s quite an impressive achievement for a man who started his working life apprenticed to a tailor in England, and whose apprenticeship was so oppressive that he tried to cut off his own thumb to get out of it.

Northway and Son lasted about a decade after this ad appeared. They are listed in the 1961 Toronto city directory but not in the 1963 directory.

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