Letters to the Editor
Readers' feedback: Keeping in touch

Submitting Letters to the Editor
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Re response from May/June 2016 ad
Some good news... we had guests from Acton last night who saw our new ad in your May/June 2016 edition that you assisted us in composing. They called to book the Creemore Caboose on Sunday night and were coming to the area for a weekend getaway and to visit various antique shops in the area. This shows the immediate and effective response of your fantastic paper. They had supper in the Old Mill Pub in Creemore and today, after a tour of Creemore Springs Brewery this morning, were heading to the Barrie Antique Mall and the 400 Antique Mall which we recommended. We were impressed at the almost immediate response to our ad and look forward to our continuing association with you in our ads for 2016. All the best.
Dave and Ann Huskinson
Clearview Station Bed and Breakfast

Re Sept/Oct 2015 article on five-gallon jug
Dear Editors, I enjoyed Pilippe Roy’s picture and article on the five-gallon jug on page 43 of the Sept/Oct issue. Two more jugs exist with the same decoration, which is a turkey design with its tail fanned out to attract the ladies. The stars are turkey tracks. One of the two other jugs is from L’Original, but may be a different merchant. The other is from MacFarlaine and Son, General Merchant, Cornwall C.W. For a few years, the Cornwall jug belonged to a gentleman now in Lyndhurst. I repaired a small hole in the bird after a sword fell off his fireplace and staabbed it. I believe they were made by O. Ballard, Cornwall.
John H. Hayes
Pakenham, ON

Re growth of the Wayback Times since 1995
Hi Sandy, I received the first issue you sent to me. Thank you so much. This first issue shows what a fabulous paper it has grown to become from its first humble beginnings. It must have been extremely difficult to assemble and produce that first issue. I read the fountain pen article with a very nostalgic feeling as I had sold my very large collection at around that time to help purchase a home. I have since gathered a smaller collection, (can't help myself) that I enjoy. I have always collected locally from antique shops, flea markets and yard sales, but never from eBay etc. It is the thrill of the hunt for me. Thanks again.
Bill Legere

Re Wayback Times progress
A year ago, I took out a subscription to your tabloid Canadian antiques newspaper. I continue to receive my subscription and am enjoying it very much. It is growing, getting bigger and better each issue, more stories, more photos, more advertising. It is good to know there are so many Canadian antiques dealers out there I can visit. I do hope you will continue to grow, particularly in advertising by the many Canadian antiques dealers who need to advertise, even in quarter page ads, to show off their merchandise for sale. I understand your advertising rates are still very reasonable and affordable by Canadian antiques dealers. The Wayback Times is "The Peoples' Newspaper", the lingua franca of Canadian antiques collecting. I wish you continued success and growth. Keep up the good work. Per ardua ad astra. Bon courage.
Philippe Roy

Re Mar/Apr 2015 issue cover to cover read
Hello, read your paper cover to cover in one sitting. Your Editorial was well written, your son's VW article was interesting, Vera's travels are a must-read, new car write up is a good addition, along with (Cosway Corner) cruise nite info and Freddy Vette article. Believe credit should be given when it is due. An all-round good read.
Wayne Bertrand

Re 2014 death of John Norris, Wayback Times antiques writer
We just wanted to acknowledge the wealth of stories, information and good writing that came from the late John Norris’s pen. He was an avid collector and bought from us over the years and we always appreciated the visit and chat with John when we did Christie. Those of us in the business will miss his keen eye and sharp observation of the antique and collecting world and are appreciative that your archives will leave a legacy of his writings. Regards.
Janis and Peter Bisback,
Hensall, ON
John Norris was a customer of ours to whom we made many deliveries. He was always enthusiastic about our show booths and a genuine person. He will be missed.
Laura Harding,
Southworks Antiques, Cambridge
As the ROM's Senior Publicist, I always appreciated a note or call from John. This highly welcomed correspondence meant that John was interested in a newly opened gallery, a just launched exhibition or a recently appointed CEO & Director! I knew that a well-crafted, highly insightful piece in the Wayback Times would result, one that I would enjoy reading - not as a publicist but as someone who simply enjoyed good writing. When I learned from Sandy that John had recently passed away, my initial reaction was that John would hate to not cover the ROM’s Centennial celebrations! I sensed that John would embrace this milestone and I looked forward to learning something new about the Royal Ontario Museum when I read his coverage. His research always uncovered something surprising. John Norris will be missed.
Marilynne Friedman,
Senior Publicist, Royal Ontario Museum

Re Wayback Times content September/October 2013
Hello Sandy. First, let me thank you for all of your help today with my advertising requests. I look forward to seeing my ads in further issues of the Wayback Times. I anxiously await each new issue of your newspaper and it is well read cover to cover in my household. I must confess that my first read is always your columnists and later the ads and the shows. I always turn first to Travels with Vera. When I read her column, I feel as if I were there with her on her travels. I like to make note of various shops she visits for the day that I am in that area. I almost feel your columnists are, in fact, part of my personal social circle. Again, thanks for all of your help and I look forward to seeing the Windjammer ad in the November/December issue, as well as future ones. Many thanks.
Tom O'Neill,
Windjammer Antiques & Collectibles, Glen Williams, ON

Re Ontario bridges, July/August 2013
"I enjoyed the (Cosway's Corner) column on bridges. I have a little story I would like to pass along regarding a most unusual bridge - the historic Middle Road Bridge, aka White Bridge. In my (out of print) book Apple Blossoms and Satellite Dishes, celebrating the golden jubilee of Applewood Acres, I write the following: The bridge was designed in 1909 by Frank Barber and C.W. Young. It's a concrete truss or tied arch bridge (a first for Canada) and was celebrated for its light weight and strength. The bridge (it spans Etobicoke Creek) was tested on opening day when 40 cattle were herded across its span.
Dave Cook,
Mississauga (Author of several books on history, mostly about Mississauga.)

Re Picton Curling Club Show
Just home from participating in the Curling Club Show and Sale and I had to mention that, in my opinion, it is the happiest and best organized show on the summer circuit. From the volunteer help to get vendors set up on Friday, and out again on Sunday, and the fresh food available to customers and vendors - the popular salad bar was back this year - as well as the renovations to the building's roof to keep us cool, it was a great show. Attendance was good. Customers were enthusiastic. Next year is the Big 50 for the show - imagine that - and we are looking forward to a big celebration. Fifty years is a milestone for any volunteer-based event. See you all next year to reconnect for another great visit.
Nancy B.

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 & staff
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.
Isabelle Grieves,
Brighton, ON

Re Ted Hogan article, January/February 2010
Quite by accident, I came across the Wayback Times (Cosway's Corner) 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 to sportscars.
Al Taylor,

Re Kudos for Issue 85, November/December 2009
Dear Sandy, 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,
William Riordan

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 Mall, 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 (Cosway's Corner) 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. 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.
Kathy Bazley,
Baltimore, Ontario

Re Camp Picton, July/August 2008
Enjoyed your little (Cosway's Corner) 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.
Paul Ozorak,
Ottawa (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 (Cosway's Corner) 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 (Cosway's Corner) 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

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 happen.
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 website 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, January/February 2007
Thank you very much Aaron Neilly for your extremely informative (Wayback Wheels) 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, November/December Editorial
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.
Brian McLaughlin,
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 a bow.
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 (Cosway's Corner) 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.
Brock King,
Thorold, Ontario
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