Friday, April 13, 2012

Never Fails to Make Me Smile

This is the picture that I referred to in my last post.

The building that I work in used to be an Eaton's.  For those of you that aren't from Canada or are young Canadians, Eaton's was a department store like Sears & Roebuck (five of you will get that joke, some of you will get it after you google it, and then the rest of you will have read that as Starbucks).  To help hold on to the memory of that great time, there is old memorabilia from that bygone age around the first floor.  This includes many pictures.

Among those pictures is this gem.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Eatons Red Wings from 1919.

Little known fact: The apostrophe didn't come into popular use until the 1930's.  Some economists  suggest that it was one of the causes of the Great Depression.

Every time I walk by this picture (which is almost every day) it makes me smile.

Hmmm, that didn't come out quite like I hoped it would...
Google images to the rescue!

There, now you can see all the glory.
Now, if you're like me, you probably noticed the goalie on the right.  I assume that hockey hair styles went through several different evolutionary paths, with some going on to glory (like the mullet) and others becoming extinct (like the top-fro-wingback).

Then right in the middle, holding the trophy and giving us her best come-hither look...

Over to the far left is the woman I assume is the team manager.
"Hey guys, we should probably let Juliette in the picture too."
"Aw, do we have to?"
"Well, she did come to all our games."
"Fine, Juliette, sit over there.  Someone lean a hockey stick on her so she looks like she belongs."
Yes, there is a lot that amuses me in this picture.  But please don't think that I am being in any way disrespectful.  These women played well enough to win a trophy and, believe me, they don't hand out trophies that large for participation, I know.*  I also think that Eaton's deserves a lot of credit for being forward thinking enough to sponsor a women's hockey team in an era where Canadian women had only just gotten the right to vote.

A tip of my hat to you Eaton's Red Wings of 1919.  Your courage, dedication, and commitment to sport is an inspiration to Canadians. Only a truly passionate team could convince the ghost of John A MacDonald came to play with them.

*I'm lying, I don't participate.

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