Submitted by Paul on Aug, 01
The Honour Box Story
Story of Exhibition Grounds.
How is this object or story important to you?
There used to be a CHUM radio tent in the 50s and 60s. They had a CHUM chart which promoted the top 50 songs around the world. Paul looked forward to looking at them every week. His dad in the 1950s started the Honour Box system for the lists, where you put papers in a box and it is run by honour; you weren't forced to pay like a vending machine. Most people were honest and he made a good living. He was a wagon boy and when he was 16 he was in charge of 10 year olds selling papers around the exhibitions. He had 1000 papers on the wagon. On a windy day the whole street (Princes Blvd) was littered with papers. This reminds him of his younger days before the exhibition grounds were developed to the extent that they are today.
What does it add to the story of Toronto?
This is the story of something we've lost; no more honour boxes in the city. Honour is something that he values and wishes still existed.
It's also very interesting to see how the grounds have changed over the years.