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Eaton’s: Nostalgia for a Canadian institution

The Story


With the death of T. Eaton Company, Canadians take time to reminisce about a bygone era. As a business, Eaton's may have become obsolete to Canadian consumers but as a cultural icon it will be missed. Two elderly sisters tour the empty shell of the downtown Eaton's store in Winnipeg. They grew up with Eaton's but are now forced to say goodbye to their old friend.

Medium: Television
Program: The National Magazine
Broadcast Date: Oct. 26, 1999
Guest(s): Anna Kidd, Charlotte Winslow
Host: Brian Stewart
Reporter: Ross Rutherford
Duration: 6:52

Did You know?


• In 1904 John Craig Eaton turned the sod for construction of the Winnipeg Eaton's store at the corner of Portage and Donald. The store officially opened for business on Monday, July 17, 1905. The store employed 1,250 black-and-white uniformed employees.
• In 1919 the Winnipeg store's delivery department used 187 horses, 90 wagons and 23 motor trucks. There was no minimum sale required for delivery; customers could order a spool of thread and have it delivered free of charge. If chores were requested by customers, delivery drivers were instructed to undertake them cheerfully.

• During the 1930s and 1940s shoppers could leave their children with two attendants on a rooftop playground which included sandpiles, swings and slides.


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