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  • As the war raged on

    And it would create casualties, daily. And so the year started in the daily press with advertising messages, mundane occurrences of life in St. ...

  • A treasure trove of toys

    Toys are given with love and they are wonderful things; they entertain and instruct; they encourage physical involvement and exercise and they ...

  • A time capsule from under the floor

    This week we are going back 63 years in our day-to-day history, courtesy of a Telegram reader who recently undertook some renovations in an old ...

  • A Newfoundland collection

    In fact, it’s safe to say he could be downright frustrating. In his “Book of Newfoundland” (1937) piece “Communication in Newfoundland,” J.T. ...

  • Life in the midst of war

    His was the place to bring used clothing and other items (today, yard sale things) to try to get a bit of money for them.Snow’s familiar word ad ...

  • Revelations from faded newsprint

    It was filled with public notices, the annual report on fisheries for 1946 and “A Short History of The Nfld. Sealfishery” which, at some 3,800 ...

  • History on the wing

    This is an extract from the 1974 book “Cabot’s Voyage to Newfoundland” by Capt. Jack Dodd, late of Torbay and Harbour Grace. Across 109 pages, ...

  • Sir Robert Bond, black game and too-toothy beavers

    But there are exceptions. Nature throws us the occasional and unintended bit of humour. I will illustrate my point with a little anecdote from — ...

  • Life in the Avalon wilderness

    You can imagine the cold shivers that shot through the four youths who, in a miserable huddle in the woods behind Ferryland were suddenly ...

  • Grand Bank-born John French, 'the man they couldn't kill'

    It was on one of those blood-soaked days of "the First Great War" somewhere in the European theatre that a young man from the Burin Peninsula ...