A desperate plight

Here’s the Christmas message from Simpson’s that appeared in the December 21 1940 edition of the Toronto Daily Star, when it looked like Hitler might conquer all of Europe:

The Simpson’s chain of department stores joined forces with Sears-Roebuck in 1951, with some stores being called Simpsons-Sears. The Hudson’s Bay Company took over Simpson’s in 1978.

James Hilton (1900-1954) was an English novelist best known for Lost Horizon (1933) and Goodbye Mr. Chips (1934). He became an American citizen in 1948. A heavy smoker, he passed away from liver cancer.

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