Walkerville Summer Whites – Early 1900s


Sitting pretty: Bessie Mapes and Martha Heydon Fox with unidentified little girl

Yet another photo gem from Charlie Fox. Here his mother and aunt sit on the steps of the family home at 793 Argyle on a warm summer day. For some reason, babies and children nearly always wore white in those days, and on Mondays – laundry day – their mothers had to wash everything by hand using a scrub board! It would take all day and would start off with mom getting up very early to make the soap! (I will never complain again!)

For more about domestic chores here in the early 20th century, read “Wednesday was Mending Day” by Hester M. Curtis in “Best of The Times”, available at Juniper Books, Indigo Books, The Uncommon Market gift shop at the Art Gallery or online through Walkerville Publishing.

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About Elaine Weeks

How history was taught in my day: memorize lots of boring dates and facts, watch corny old black & white history films. There was one bright spot, however. Grade 9 history at Walkerville Collegiate with Miss Falls (Georgina) when she taught a section on local history and took us on a field trip to explore some of Windsor's built heritage. Due to a peculiar series of events, celebrating local history became part of my business. My company, (partner is Chris Edwards,) Walkerville Publishing Inc., launched "The Walkerville Times" in 1999, which in due course became "The Times Magazine". Our goal was to make history real. I am a writer, editor, blogger, photographer, mother, wife, sister, activist, traveller, gardener, knitter, masters track & field competitor (when I have time), glass is nearly full person.
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