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From: "D. O'" <>
Subject: RE: [Q-R] History Facts
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2005 21:42:13 +0000
Our ragman in Montreal, much like Fr. Owen's, used to travel the laneways
calling for rags, mattresses and bottles but gave me something of a chill as
he would call out for "bones". Yikes!
Cloth was hard to come by in the 40's and early 50's as well. I remember
the nuns teaching us to darn our lyle stockings and theirs didn't seem to
have much of the original material at all.
Were buttons hard to get? My mother used to cut the buttons from everything
once things were no longer fit to wear. They ended up in a large jar and I
can't imagine why she did that because she couldn't sew a button on anything
to save her life!
>Subject: [Q-R] History Facts
>Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2005 16:02:51 EST
>"Remember last weeks grocery list? After you got home, you crumbled it up
>and used it to play wastepaper basketball. Its only paper, and paper is
>right? Well, that wasn't always so. Paper used to be made of cloth that was
> longer good. Problem was, cloth was used until there was almost nothing
>Cloth was a valuable commodity in the 1800s. Clothing was mended until it
>couldn't be mended anymore, and even wealthy woman were aquainted with a
>and thread. When an adults article of clothing couldn't be mended one more
>time, a child's outfit would be made from it. Quilts and rugs were made
>scraps, and the end of the line for Grandmas old dress was the ragman, who
>the rags to paper mills, newspapers, and bookmakers."
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