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- Letters to the Editor
- Readers' feedback
- Re a 2013 Deseronto departure
- Dear Wayback Times;
As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. After
a decade at the Great Deseronto Antique Emporium, Margaret Steenburgh
is moving on to new challenges. We are fortunate to have known
Margaret and her husband Bart for many years and to have worked
with her as the staff at Deseronto. As her associates and as
friends, we feel compelled to offer the following brief testimony.
Given her over 25 years in the antique business, Margaret brought
a very impressive and thorough knowledge to her daily work and
she was always willing to share her expertise with others in
her calm, consistent, thoughtful and unassuming manner. Whether
dealing with staff, buyers or sellers, she displayed integrity
each and every day. Margaret treated people well; she gave loyalty
and inspired it in return. In antique circles Margaret demonstrates
that business success and kindness are not mutually exclusive.
We appreciate that others share our respect for Margaret and
that her many friends and colleagues across the province join
us in expressing every best wish for the next chapter of her
career. Thanks for the great memories Marg make many more!
- Carol, John and Dale
- Deseronto, ON
- Re kudos to Wayback Times
- Dear Wayback Times,
- Since 2006, the Wayback Times
has continued to publish an antiques and collectibles newspaper
worthy of founder Jay Telfer and the thousands of antiques and
collectibles buyers and sellers everywhere. Your staff go out
of their way to promote advertisers, dealers and friends, like
no others in the industry. They are sincere. They are dedicated.
They are committed to excellence. They are wonderful, caring
individuals. They also have talented contributing writers. Your
paper is a JOY to thousands each and every issue. We are proud
to be a part of your bi-monthly Antique Lover's Guide since it
began in 1995 and wanted to express our sincere appreciation
for all you do - and all of us you so gallantly represent.
Henry and Jackie Jones
Roadshow's 400 Antiques Mall
Roadshow Antiques Pickering
- Re Ontario cemeteries
- July/August 2010
- I couldn't help but smile when
reading the (Cosway's Corner article) on burials in Ontario.
It took me back to the very early 60s when, as a new bride from
Toronto, I was introduced to my new sister and brother-in-law
in Hastings. My brother-in-law (Morgan Hazelwood) was
the official cemetery caretaker. When I inquired as to the people
buried there, my sister-in-law (Marian) cleared the kitchen table
and flipped over the oil cloth cover. There, on the back of their
tablecloth, was the official record of where everyone was buried!
The drawings and directional indicators were neatly written and
understood easily by them. But I was a Toronto girl and small
town record keeping seemed strange to me. My husband and I have
retired early to Brighton in 1991, but I've never forgotten that
experience. I am happy to report that Morgan, at 79 years old,
battling cancer, still keeps the cemetery looking pristine, but
the records have probably moved to a file somewhere in the Town.
I've never asked.
- Brighton, ON
- Re Ted Hogan article
- January/February 2010
- Quite by accident, I came across
the Wayback Times article that was published on Ted Hogan.
I thought I should add the little extra info that was not published.
In the early 60s, I owned Al's BP, a service station on Yonge
St north of Davisville, and I raced MGs and Austin Healeys. I
knew Ted from the "X" and asked him if he would like
to drive one of my cars in the first Canadian Grand Prix at Goderich
Ont. Bob Harrop, another "X" driver and a friend
of Ted, would drive the other car. We agreed that the exposure
would benefit us both. Another driver from the States, who everyone
knows, Rodger Pensk, was there and won the overall. Ted
and I were interviewed by the press, however both cars developed
gearbox problems and were placed in the DNF category. I am not
sure that even his family knew of Teds deviation from stocks
Re Kudos for Issue 85
- November/December 2009
- When we first met Jay (Telfer)
at the Markham Lions Antique show that ran for over 40 years,
he was just getting the paper started. We always have had lots
of furniture and the Wayback Times always ended up on it and
there was never any left at the end of the shows. This last issue
of yours is the best one ever. Your editorial and all your feature
writers were great. As I am now older, my daughter Michelle now
does the shows.
- Yours truly,
- Re Wayback advertising
- is the only way to go
- Dear Sandy,
- We are getting such a massive
response from our ads in the Wayback Times that we felt we should
share this with you. Customers coming into our mall from all
over Ontario are notifying us that they discovered us by seeing
our advertisement in the Wayback Times. We have been advertising
in the Wayback Times since 1996. We have tried many other papers
and forms of advertising and feel this is where it is always
most effective. Sandy, you have done such a great job with the
designing and layout of our ad. Keep up the great work and Peter,
thank you for delivering all those bundles of paper.
- Claudette and Ted Thom
- Gabrielle Antiques Multi-Vendor
- Bowmanville, ON
- Re Historic jails
- Sept/Oct 2008
- Dear Sandy, I just read your
Issue 78 from cover to cover and loved the newspaper. I am not
a great collector of antiques, but I do like to visit the stores.
Most interesting was the article on Ontario's
county jails by John Cosway. It was excellent! I have
since gone online to research some of the jails further, which
makes for fascinating and kind of creepy reading. I know you/John
couldn't include all jails in Ontario but I think he was remiss
in not checking out Cobourg's Jail (http://www.cobourgjail.com).
This is one haunted jail and one that also has accommodations
available made up from the jail cells with the actual washrooms
and the showers of the prisoners being included in the rooms.
Nonetheless, it was a great edition and a great article. My husband
and I are planning a "jail weekend" and hope to visit
several of the jails mentioned in the article. Thank you for
a great newspaper.
- Re Camp Picton
- July/August 2008
- Enjoyed your little blurb about Camp Picton, one of my
favorite military places.Other neat military places to visit
in Ontario are: The RCAF Bomarc nuclear surface-to-air missile
site north of North Bay on Highway 11, closed in 1972; the old
Cold War radar station at Foymount, closed in 1974 (and which
is mostly intact); the old Radar and Communications School at
Canadian Forces Base Clinton, south-east of Goderich (now called
the town of Vanastra), closed in 1971. In terms of military properties,
we had a helluva lot more in this province.
- (Author of: Abandoned Military
Installations of Canada, Volume 1: Ontario)
- Re All Things Maud
- May/June 2008
- I was loaned a copy of the Wayback
Times and noticed your article in the May/June issue on L.M.
Montgomery and "all
things Maud" in Ontario this year. Thank you so much
for compiling them. We hope to have a great time in Norval through
the year (many events aren't even published yet) as we continue
to highlight the work that the author did in the communities
and in her literary career. I've seen your article online as
well, and sent the link out to the Kindred Spirit society from
the University of PEI, so it's now winged its way around the
world to like-minded individuals.
- Deb Quaile
- Norval, ON
- Re a new subscriber
- My husband and I went to Port
Hope a couple of weeks ago and browsed through the many antiques
stores there. We picked up your (paper) and I have thoroughly
enjoyed reading it. We would like to subscribe to it. I have
sent payment for a subscription. Thank you.
- Cathie H.
- Fraserville, ON
- Re Cosway's Corner
- Niagara Falls daredevils
- I have enjoyed reading the most
recent issue of the Wayback Times (January/February, 2008) and
your article on page 8 regarding the Niagara
Falls daredevils was of particular interest. I am sure, however,
that the photo identified in the article as Jean Francois
Gravelet - "The Great Blondin" is in fact William
Leonard Hunt - "The Great Farini." The same photo
appears among those listed in Shane Peacock's book "The
Great Farini - The High-Wire Life of William Hunt" (Toronto:Penguin
Books, 1995). You mention that Hunt was an artist, and I have
one of his oil paintings, a rather sombre landscape. One of Farini's
contemporary artists, F.M. Bell Smith, is quoted in Peacock's
book as offering the following opinion to Farini: "Friend,
you don't know how good some of your pictures are and how bad
others are" (p.396). In truth, I have one of the latter!
Thanks for the article. I look forward to future issues. Regards.
- John F. Bird
St. Catharines, ON
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- Re our Book Reviews
- and other Wayback stuff
- Hi there and thank you for publishing
a great little newspaper. I would also like to comment on your
Wayback Times book review section, which we find very informative
and a great addition to your publication. As I collect old radios
and see that most publications in this category are for U.S radios,
I would like to suggest a review of a book called Radios
of Canada by Lloyd Swackhammer from Alma Ontario.
Lloyd has collected radios for years and has, like all other
collectors, been frustrated by the lack of information on Canadian-built
radios, so he decided to do his own research, along with radio
club members. The book is on Canadian radios and their sources
and history. We find your publication is the very best source
for the avid collector or the occasional antique shopper. As
you keep adding interesting and informative articles as Out to
Lunch, Wayback Wheels and Ask the Old Guy, it truly enhances
the publication and will increase the circulation, for sure.
Thanks again for all your hard work and efforts that make it
R.L Bob Long
- aka "Bob's good junk"
- Re Wayback Times
- advertising response
- Just a note to say 'thanks'
for all of your help in putting our ads together these past months.
The response has been great. We even got a call from Ottawa on
one of the items featured in our last ad. Being new in the business,
we tested the waters with all sorts of ads in the different media.
By far, your publication has been tops. Last week, a customer
dropped by to say thanks for putting the Wayback Times with her
order. She had been looking for a few plates to complete her
set - saw the ad for Old China Patterns, called them and found
what she was looking for. I can't count how many times we refer
people to Mantle Lamp Supply Co. when customers are looking for
parts for old lamps. Your featured columns are a great resource
centre for us as well. All in all - thanks again.
- Darlene and Brian MacDonald
- Period Pieces, Norwood, Ont.
- Re online Wayback Times
- web site articles
- I am an antiques and collectible
dealer and would like to thank you for providing this site free
online. I have soooo many books already and I am constantly buying
more, but I do believe it is virtually impossible to cover every
aspect of the antique collecting field with just books (unless
you have unlimited funds, space and time, that is.) I really
appreciate others who are willing to share their knowledge. After
reading many of the articles on your site, I have added a shortcut
for your site right on my desktop so that I will remember to
check it periodically for new articles.
- Thanks again
- Victoria Kritikson
- Re Wayback Wheels
- Thank you very much Aaron
Neilly for your extremely informative article
about the Studebaker Avanti.You have certainly given me more
information about a car I saw 32 years ago in Listowel, Ontario,
than I ever could have imagined. My sister and I were looking
for a "good, affordable used car" that our father would
approve of. The Avanti was not this car, but all three of us
were drooling over it. Even though the car was 10 to 12 years
old in 1975 when we were looking at it, it was far ahead of anything
available at the time.The overhead switches/console looked like
an airplane cockpit. The actual dash looked sort of like a Corvette
Stingray our neighbour had. This car is so rare that I was surprised
to see one, owned by a man from Belleville, at a car show in
Marmora during their fall fair a couple of years ago. My enthusiasm
for this car is not truly shared by my husband, but he was persuaded
to go to this show as there were also muscle cars there from
the fifties and sixties. We enjoy your paper.
- Carol Armstrong
- Re Matthew and Scott Russell
- Thank you, thank you, thank
you. To our many dealer friends and customers, we offer our deepest
gratitude for your kind words, generosity, gestures of friendship
and whispered prayers in support of our sons, Cpl. Matthew
Russell and Sgt. Scott Russell, and all of our troops
in Afghanistan. Through your acts of kindness, donations and
sincere concern for all of us, these men and women feel the support
and care they need and deserve. Blessings upon all of you.
- With much Gratitude,
Frank & Mary Russell
- Re Roy Bassett medals research
- Nov/Dec 2006 column
- Mr. Bassett, thank you so much
for your research. My husband, his
grandfather's namesake, just received his grandfather's medals.
They came to him because they were the only two men in the family
that fought in combat. WWI, and Viet Nam. With your invaluable
help, I have identified three of the five (medals).
- Donna Kahren
- Medals 2
- I read your article in the November-December issue of the Wayback
Times. It was well written and very informative. I was not aware
that the War Medal was also issued in bronze. Now, I'll have
to keep shopping for one. I have been looking for a Victory medal
with a Mentioned in Dispatches oak leaf. If you know of one for
sale, I would appreciate it if you would let me know. Living
in Prince Edward County, I don't get to go to military and collectors'
shows as I did when living in Toronto. I will keep watching for
your articles and maybe I'll learn some more about medals and
their history. Best regards.
- Wellington, ON
- Re Wayback Times
- And Editor Sandy
- As an antique dealer and collector,
I have always looked forward to new issues of the Wayback Times.
Recent changes have boosted my interest and curiosity. Sandy
Neilly, with family support, has undertaken this new endeavor
with enthusiasm and insight. Congratulations on continuing to
publish a quality antique newspaper. Advertisements provide opportunities
for treasure hunts; articles are always interesting and informative
and Jay's Blog keeps us chuckling
about his trials and tribulations. Let me know when Peter is
Out to Lunch again, and who is
The Old Guy? This Is Livin' - take
- Terry Ronkko
- T&B Antiques, Toronto
- Re Drive-In Theatres
- September/October 2006
- My wife and I were in St. Jacob's
recently and picked up a copy of the Wayback Times. I read the
entire paper while drinking my coffee this morning and was especially
intrigued by the article, A Tribute
to The Drive-In, by John Cosway. I have never seen
a history of this great American and Canadian icon anywhere before
and I was filled with nostalgia. Not intending to be critical,
I would like to make a clarification to one area of this wonderful
piece. Toward the end of the article, a mention was made of the
first drive-in in Canada, the Skyway in Stoney Creek, Ontario.
Mr. Cosway (said) the Skyway closed in 1970.The Skyway actually
ran its last show on the Dusk to Dawn Thanksgiving weekend in
October 1975. I can't remember the movies or exact date, but
I was there for the entire show. At the time, I was assistant
manager of the Tivoli theatre in Hamilton, and was part-time
relief manager one day a week at the Skyway. I decided to attend
the last show as I knew the closing would be the end of an era
in the Hamilton area. I stayed with the theatre business for
another decade, moving up in the managerial field, until video
and television started to change the landscape of the movie theater
business forever. As an added piece of trivia, the Skyway Drive-In
was owned continuously from 1946 till its close by Famous Players.
Thank you again Mr. Cosway for a wonderful article that not only
took me back to my youth, but (is) an important piece of North
American entertainment history.
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