Candies of excellence

Here’s an ad for a chain of confectioners from the December 16 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star that suggested that a box of candy would make a perfect Christmas gift.

Jenny Lind (1820-1887) was a Swedish opera singer who toured the United States in 1850, earning more than $350,000 (equal to over $10 million today) before returning to Europe in 1852 to raise a family.

The chain of candy shops that used her name was managed by a man named Ernest G. Robinson. The shops survived into the 1960s: there were 18 locations listed in the 1960 Toronto city directory. The chain was not listed in 1965.

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