Profile of Paul Sparkes

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  • Sending for things, collecting things

    “Put together these gleaming STEEL precision parts and create hundreds of toys,” says the box. Every box (prices started at only $2) came with a ...

  • History’s bycatch

    He is eventually stopped in his tracks by “the firm’s” remaining executives and set to be held captive until he reveals all. Johnny swears he’ll ...

  • Recipes offer tidbits of history

    It is, in fact, a booklet from the Culinary Arts Institute of America, one in a series of 24 on everything from refrigerator desserts to meals ...

  • Rabbits and razors

    I suppose what storekeeper Ralph Mercer had in mind was to attract people generally to his place of business, Economy Cash Store at 148 Gower St. ...

  • Bridge over the River Exploits

    Newspaper is a fairly good insulator. So, Telegrams were being recycled to good use long before “environment” and “green” really came into vogue. ...

  • Manners and molasses candy

    And that was said by native-born songwriter and essayist Arthur Scammell. Now I suppose it can also be said that everything we experience — read, ...

  • Chasing the big ones

    In the course of checking varied sources on whaling in northern waters, my reading took me from Fortune Bay and Hermitage Bay, where the New ...

  • ‘Let’s look at what provokes you!’

    Fifty years ago, Ernest Marshall Howse, a son of Twillingate, published a small, 169-page book so packed with wit and wisdom as to rival ...

  • The legislative building we did not get

    However, at least one of his ancestors in the business had a passing acquaintance with St. John’s, even though it is unlikely he visited here. My ...

  • ‘For all who taught me to sing’

    Strange, you know, to read an award-winning poem written on the occasion of the Cabot 450th and to be unable to distinguish a phrase in it which ...