Poetical Directory, Owen Sound, 1863, cover
James Giberson

Poetical Directory for the Town of Owen Sound, printed at the “Comet” office, 1863

James Giberson

How do you find out the general population’s opinion about shops in your town in 1863? Well, you can’t find it on any Yelp review. This exquisite January 1st, 1863 issue of a poetical directory by Mr. A.G. Churchill, takes you on a tour of prominent local businesses in Owen Sound. Buchart and Harrison Bros are just some of the names you will see during your read. Using poetry, you can acquire an understanding of the products sold and the disposition of a store clerk. All throughout, this directory does not use any addresses. However, it is a pleasure to read. Follow the rabbit hole in your search through local businesses or, bask in the lovely poetry contained within.

In this pre-Confederation document, the reader may note out-of-date language and modes of thought, as well as military anxiety over developments in and with the United States.

The Comet was an Owen Sound newspaper, 1851 – 1876(?)

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