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Evaluating Research Sources – Food at Canada’s first B&B’s


Davenport Centre, Round Lake, Ontario

Primary Sources ~ Finding History in Everyday Documents

Primary Sources: Finding history in everyday documents.

M. Miller
Scarborough, Ontario, CANADA
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Primary Source - Bills of Sale ~ What Can We Learn ?

Looking at the image of the bill of sale from the W. J. Morrish Co. General Merchants, dated May 18, 1934 we know the following:

The W. J. Morrish store was operating in Highland Creek, Ontario on May 18, 1934 and had service with Bell and Malvern telephone companies.

The purchaser was likely still using kerosene lamps as a new lamp chimney is listed on the bill of sale.

Looking at bills of sale lets us see the everyday prices for items at a specific point in time.