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NL Heritage Foundation releasing booklet on Port Blandford’s old shops

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

PORT BLANDFORD, NL - The third booklet in the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s (HFNL) Oral History Roadshow Series will be launched in Port Blandford next week.

This booklet focuses on the old shops of Port Blandford and the memories people have of those places.

It’s called “Everything Was Wrapped in Brown Paper: The Old Shops of Port Blandford.”

Katie Harvey, a researcher with the HFNL, said the Port Blandford Heritage Society contacted the organization to help document the old shops that once existed in the community.

“There are only a few shops remaining, so it is important to preserve these memories while it is still possible,” she said in a news release.

Reginald Penney was one of several residents of Port Blandford interviewed as part of the oral history project.

“The face-to-face relationship that you had with the clerks by going into the store was much more personal than it is today,” he said.

“The store itself had a different atmosphere. There were no aisles as you would see in the supermarket type places we have today. Most groceries were in shelves built in the back or on the sides of the store, and in the back there might be some dry goods articles, nails, screws and things like that."

The booklet launch, which is open to the public, will take place at the Anglican Church in Port Blandford on Oct. 12, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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