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09-03-2013, 07:37 PM
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I got one of the first pair of Adidas in Canada in 1959. They were given to me by the Adidas rep in Winnipeg. Five games into the WHL season, I had a blade break when it was hit by a puck. It took almost the rest of the season before Adidas replaced it.
Is that right eh? So they were actually over in Canada & the US earlier than I think of about 1967 when I got a pair. Decent boot though, great support. Never had a problem with the blades. All shinny on natural ice, not game conditions by any stretch but hard workout none the less. Whats weird about the Adidas Skate Line is on-line they refer to them as first being manufactured mid-70's in Yugoslavia, all the models Ive seen featuring their trademark 3 stripes and all tube skates. This wouldve been when Tuuk chassis took off so already antiquated for that era. Yet the pair I had were (pre Tuuk by a decade tube skates) just plain black with the 3 stripes actually up on the rear of the tendon guard, horizontal, not the usual Adidas angular pattern at all. Cant find any history on them pre mid-70's whatsoever. Very strange.

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Is that right eh? So they were actually over in Canada & the US earlier than I think of about 1967 when I got a pair. Decent boot though, great support. Never had a problem with the blades. All shinny on natural ice, not game conditions by any stretch but hard workout none the less. Whats weird about the Adidas Skate Line is on-line they refer to them as first being manufactured mid-70's in Yugoslavia, all the models Ive seen featuring their trademark 3 stripes and all tube skates. This wouldve been when Tuuk chassis took off so already antiquated for that era. Yet the pair I had were (pre Tuuk by a decade tube skates) just plain black with the 3 stripes actually up on the rear of the tendon guard, horizontal, not the usual Adidas angular pattern at all. Cant find any history on them pre mid-70's whatsoever. Very strange.
It could be that I was a "Crash Test Dummy" for testing the skate while they were trying to perfect it. It wasn't so much a broken blade as it was cracked.

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It could be that I was a "Crash Test Dummy" for testing the skate while they were trying to perfect it. It wasn't so much a broken blade as it was cracked.
Wild. How do you mess up steel unless its Soviet?

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Cigarette Ads

^^^Great contribution seventies. Cigarette ads featuring baseball players are very common from the twenties into the early sixties. Not so for hockey players since there were very few personality type ads from Canadian cigarette manufacturers although the "MacDonald Lassie" used to dominate Canadian newspaper, magazine, program and other advertising.

BTW the MacDonald Tobacco complex on Ontario and Iberville in Montreal is in front of the park where we used to play hockey against St. Eusebe.
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Ya nice find 70's.... and right on Cal. You dont just smoke, you smoke Camel Plains. Crazy....The Leafs had a team calendar that for decades was sponsored by Export 'A', souvenir program ads as well as for awhile logo I.D. on the score clock at Maple Leaf Gardens.

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1933 C.C.M. Ad

Greater selection of products.Interesting reference to school league as the various levels of school hockey were at their peak in Montreal and hockey playing parts of Canada.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...4295%2C2553774

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Interesting history of C.C.M. Called Canada Cycle & Motor Company. Amalgamation of several bicycle manufacturers & they also produced the Russell Motorcar for awhile. When the market became flooded with bikes while continuing to make them they used their excess inventory of steel to make skate blades, acquiring the "Tacks" patent & registration from a guy in Manitoba called George Tackaberry. CCM Tacks from the mid 30's on the preeminent skate right on through the 70's until Bauer came out with the Tuuk Chassis system. CCM followed suit of course but phased out that name in the 90's. Produced a wide range of hockey equipment, pretty much everything including goalie pads, blockers & trappers etc.

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March 1935 Palmolive Shaving Cream

Small ad for Palmolive Shaving Cream from March 1935. The product is endorsed by Pit Lepine. One of the earliest endorsements of a product by an NHL player:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...1830%2C1505119

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Another fun ad.... also on that page upper right an ad for a game between Toronto & Montreal at the Forum, ticket prices mindblowing, but also of interest you could reserve your tickets by phone or pick them up from Hymans Cigar Stores, which I assume was a chain back in the day there in old Montreal.... wonder if any relation to that guy in Toronto, Stuart Hyman who back around 2000-2008 bought up dozens of GTHL hockey teams and was running a mini empire making serious bucks off the backs of kids & their parents before withdrawing & getting out when Hockey Canada threatened to audit his books.

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Another fun ad.... also on that page upper right an ad for a game between Toronto & Montreal at the Forum, ticket prices mindblowing, but also of interest you could reserve your tickets by phone or pick them up from Hymans Cigar Stores, which I assume was a chain back in the day there in old Montreal.... wonder if any relation to that guy in Toronto, Stuart Hyman who back around 2000-2008 bought up dozens of GTHL hockey teams and was running a mini empire making serious bucks off the backs of kids & their parents before withdrawing & getting out when Hockey Canada threatened to audit his books.
Still looking at depression era prices for tickets. Think Hyman's was bought by UCS eventually. Could be a first name also.


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Duncan's Royal Palace - March 1935

Timed to coincide with the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs. Nice product placement. Uses a backhand shot to get the point across. Good attention to detail.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...4215%2C2934559


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Frank Clancy Endorses ENO

Late March 1935. The secret to King Clancy's success, good spirits and longevity. ENO "Fruit Salts"

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Kik Cola with Henri Richard

Local, economy brand. A few interesting nuances.
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^^^ Wow, where did you dig up the old Kik Cola ad C58? Rather interesting background there as post War & through the 50's it was the least expensive, Pepsi in the middle, Coke the most expensive of the main 3 brands... From that era came the derisive term thrown at Francophones by Anglo's as in "Pepsi's" (or worse Mae West Pepsi's - a Mae West a cake confection popular amongst french Canadians) and all based on the snobbish attitude that they were either too cheap or too poor to afford Coke, had bad eating habits etc. That term used on rinks far & wide back in the day and one that if used in Ontario during play at the Jr levels would get you a 2min Penalty for Unsportsmanlike. Fact is if someone was on a tight budget or parsimonious they'd buy Kik Cola if they lived in Quebec and in fact many wealthy people as well bought the stuff as it was a decent product.... The other 2 ads, Eno & King Clancy, Whiskey from Corbyville also interesting backgrounds with hockey connections beyond the endorsements & use of hockey creative in the ads.

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^^^ Wow, where did you dig up the old Kik Cola ad C58? Rather interesting background there as post War & through the 50's it was the least expensive, Pepsi in the middle, Coke the most expensive of the main 3 brands... From that era came the derisive term thrown at Francophones by Anglo's as in "Pepsi's" (or worse Mae West Pepsi's - a Mae West a cake confection popular amongst french Canadians) and all based on the snobbish attitude that they were either too cheap or too poor to afford Coke, had bad eating habits etc. That term used on rinks far & wide back in the day and one that if used in Ontario during play at the Jr levels would get you a 2min Penalty for Unsportsmanlike. Fact is if someone was on a tight budget or parsimonious they'd buy Kik Cola if they lived in Quebec and in fact many wealthy people as well bought the stuff as it was a decent product.... The other 2 ads, Eno & King Clancy, Whiskey from Corbyville also interesting backgrounds with hockey connections beyond the endorsements & use of hockey creative in the ads.
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Local companies did not have to pay royalties, etc for the brand name. So the product was less expensive. Did not have the advertising budgets either.

May West cakes(clever nuance with the name of the actress, no royalties required) were originally made by Stuart situated in the upper Plateau district of Montreal, immigrant neighbourhood, now gentrified.


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May West cakes(clever nuance with the name of the actress, no royalties required) were originally made by Stuart situated in the upper Plateau district of Montreal, immigrant neighbourhood, now gentrified.
Yes the spelling was actually changed in 1980 from Mae to May after the actress died in order to avoid a Lawsuit from the Estate, Vachon having acquired the name in 1972. Interesting as well is that the son of the baker from Quebec City who came up with it in the 40's claimed his father actually named them the Mae West's after the Life Preservers used by the Navy, that the pastry treat was all "soft & puffy & resembled a pfd". Hence, May West's... oh, and Kik Cola appears to have sponsored a team in the Verdun Sr League back in 39 who qualified for the QSHL Championships.


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1964 Molson Newspaper Ad Playoffs

Rather interesting ad. Enjoying the game at home. Male bonding approach;

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...5097%2C1004727

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^^^ Oh boy, I remember that; The Big Ale in the Big Land. Molson Export for years the leading seller in its category (Ales) though I personally preferred their Molson Stock Ale... the one with the anchor on the lil' brown stubbies label. Discontinued years ago though I think they may have revived it....

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1915 Holiday Advertising

Holiday advertising from The Gazette for Gales hockey and skating boots;

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=3448%2C608431

Midst of WWI yet winter activities continued.

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Oh my, don't all of these ads, particularly the 1950s and 1960s ads make you think of the days when the NHL was an adult league run by adults for adults and those of us who aspired to be adults and ones like Jean Beliveau, Gordie Howe, and Henri Richard were adults. Don't get me started about the overprotected, overcoached, and overpaid overgrown children of today's NHL who risk a two minute penalty if they drop their helmet before a fight, lol.

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Colour broadcasting of games

Aside from my silly rant above, I am also curious about early colour TV broadcasting of games. I know beginning about 1965 and certainly 1966 the American and Canadian TV networks began broadcasting NHL games in colour. When did people here and their families first get colour TV sets and watched the games as such? Mine did not get ours until about 1976.

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1956 Pre Christmass Eaton's C.C.M. Skates

Full page Eaton's pre Christmas 1956 C.C.M. skate ad:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...2390%2C5800256

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October 1956 Simpson's Skate Ad

Full page, start of season in The Gazette. Includes Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau models:

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^^^ Isnt that interesting. Simpsons was my favorite department store. Its main location in Toronto down at Yonge & Queen Street south of Eatons main store at College & Yonge which was closed when Eatons built the Eaton Center (it was Eatons that owned the land at Church & Carlton not far from their College & Yonge store that Conn Smythe purchased building Maple Leaf Gardens on).

Both had satellite locations in the suburbs but those downtown stores, Simpsons & Eatons a real treat to visit, both trying to outdo one another particularly at Christmas with window displays, Simpsons winning hands down year in year out with beyond elaborate vignettes. Eatons the main sponsor of Toronto's Santa Claus Parade for years. Funny, but I dont actually remember Simpsons Sporting Goods Department. Never shopped that floor I guess. Eatons though for sure. Their own private label skates, gloves etc. Came out with a Bobby Hull model stick early 60's, massive Banana Blade of course. I had one. Wore it down to a toothpick. Wicked shot action lemme tell ya.

Interesting ad's.... the blade guard on the back of the skate was an "add-on", after market accessory. Not yet mandated & I do remember that. You had to have them added on, screwed in... and using an inflation scale on Simpsons more expensive model skate at $14.95, in 2014 dollars that would equate to app $130 in todays money, while a stick at just $1.75 = app $15 & change.... also note the 1956 Eatons ad 2 posts up, no eyelets in the top heel protector for mini-laces.

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