Every Thursday, we present in this space a week’s worth of randomly selected single pages from editions of The Kingston Whig-Standard, The Whig-Standard or The Daily British Whig from our vast digital archives, which reach back as far as 1834.
It could be the front page or any page from inside any edition, but we will focus mainly on the 20th century as the digital editions of newspapers older than that are often unreadable.
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This instalment covers the period of Feb. 18-24.
Click here to view a readable copy of page 2 of the Feb. 18, 1932, edition of The Kingston Whig-Standard.
Of interest: Officials of the Kingston Hockey Club have asked that spectators at the Kingston-St. Michael’s game tonight refrain from smoking. The players have complained to the officials that smoke has been very bad, and in the Bowmanville game it had a telling effect on the boys. The hockey club is asking that those who want to smoke, wait until the end of the periods and then go to the smoking rooms or outside the arena. By doing this, the fans will be greatly helping the players.
Click here to view a readable copy of page 1 of the Feb. 19, 1980, edition of The Whig-Standard.
Of interest: Canadians have given a blank cheque to born-again Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to lead them into the uncertain 1980s. After but 272 days of Progressive Conservative rule, voters from Newfoundland to British Columbia rejected Prime Minister Joe Clark and again embraced Trudeau, giving him a majority government. The voters’ flip-flop came just 90 days after Trudeau resigned his leadership, saying the Liberals needed a new man to rebuild their party.
Click here to view a readable copy of page 1 of the Feb. 20, 1931, edition of The Kingston Whig-Standard.
Of interest: “Canada’s new Governor General and his family in Hyde Park,” reads the headline above the main photo, showing Lord Bessborough, newly elected Governor General of Canada, with Lady Bessborough and their children, Lord Duncannon and Lady Moyra Ponsonby, as they appeared strolling in Hyde Park, London, England, shortly after his appointment. Vere Ponsonby, the ninth Earl of Bessborough, was Governor General from April 4, 1931, to Nov. 2, 1935.
Click here to view a readable copy of page 1 of the Feb. 21, 1963, edition of The Kingston Whig-Standard.
Of interest: Harry Blacklock of Mount Chesney has been disowned by the Ontario Liberal Party and fired from his presidency of Frontenac-Addington Liberal Association, Ontario Liberal Leader John Wintermeyer said. The opposition leader said: “(Mr. Blacklock) attacked me as leader of the Liberal party in Ontario … (and) said he regards W.J. Henderson of Kingston … as the real power in the party.”
Click here to view a readable copy of page 1 of the Feb. 22, 1947, edition of The Kingston Whig-Standard.
Of interest: The British — confronted by what the non-alarmist Times of London calls “the most disturbing statement ever made by the British government” — watched “the worst blizzards yet” of the worst winter of this century falling on the U.K. and awaited the signal to try to meet the government’s increase-production-or-go-hungry challenge. The hub of the problem is an increase of coal production needed to meet industry demands.
Click here to view a readable copy of page 1 of the Feb. 23, 1925, edition of The Daily British Whig.
Of interest: Although it is known through medical bulletins that King George’s condition is not as serious as the result of his attack of bronchitis, the fact that his physicians have ordered him to the Mediterranean for the remainder of the winter has caused quite a stir in England. It is understood he will make the trip south aboard the royal steam yacht Victoria and Albert, which is already being placed in readiness at Portsmouth, England.
Click here to view a readable copy of page 2 of the Feb. 24, 1908, edition of The Daily British Whig.
Of interest: “When Knighthood Was in Flower,” presented by Ernest Shipman at the Grand, with Grace Merritt in the leading role, provided a fine treat for theatregoers. The audience was quite large, afternoon and evening, and everyone appeared delighted with the production. As Mary Tudor, Princess of England, Miss Merritt was all that could be desired, and won the hearts of the audience. The role of Charles Brandon, her gallant young lover, was well portrayed by Joseph Selman.