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Denies engagement pending

The December 25 1970 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail contained this brief report, in which rumours of the engagement of U.S. president Richard Nixon’s daughter were denied.

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The engagement might not have happened during the holidays, but it must have happened soon after: Tricia Nixon and Edward Finch Cox were married on June 12, 1971. The good news: they’re both still alive, and they’re still married.

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Christmas in 1970

The Toronto Globe and Mail published a Christmas Day edition in 1970. Most of the ads in this paper were for Boxing Day sales, but a few stores provided Christmas greetings.

John Bulloch Tailors published some Bible verses:

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Lipton’s provided this lovely drawing, which is very much of its time:

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Birks, the jewellers, provided a message that looked like it was reproduced from a Christmas card, to be honest:

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And, naturally, the two heavy hitters on the Toronto retail scene, Simpson’s and Eaton’s, provided full-page ads commemorating the season:

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Back in 1970, it would have seemed like Simpson’s and Eaton’s had been around forever and were always going to be around. Who could have known that, nearly 50 years later, both of them are now long gone?