As you hunt for Boxing Day deals, we look back on the early days of shopping in the Porcupine Mining Camp.
Museum director-curator Karen Bachmann takes us back to the 1910s, and the surprising amount of stuff that was available without ordering from a catalogue.
“You don’t think that jewellery is a big high priority and fine bone china and all the luxuries,” she observes.. “But stores were here and they were offering that and there were a lot of people here that were buying it.”
“There were milliners in town who did ladies’ and men’s hats and they were around for quite a number of years as well. And then as things develop a little bit more, instead of the individual little shops you get the bigger stores like department stores, and that’s where the Bucovetsky family comes in.”
“Buc’s” had stores right across the North… and quickly became renowned for its window displays and fashions from the runways of Montreal and Paris.