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Title: Magazine - "MacLean's" - Dec. 1932
Identifier: 2005.8.14
Donor: Mrs. Hay
Item Date: 1932
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Semi-monthly issue (December 1, 1932) of Canadian news magazine. Contents: fiction, general articles, sport, humour, women and the home, special departments, your savings. The magazine is bound with three staples. The cover text is printed in black and red. The cover illustration is of a couple carrying Christmas packages; the man (in the foreground) is 'testing' a toy train. Illustration by Russell Saimbrook. a label at top left of cover is printed in purple-blue ink: "MR J R G BRANDER, BOX 185, NEWCASTLE, N. B. 153 G JUNE - 33 LA235***".Short story "The Widow's Curse" by Mazo dela Roche is printed on pp 7-9, 38-40 History: Short story "The Widow Curse" by Mazo dela Roche is printed on pp 7-9, 38-40. Illustrations by Ridley Glayne Sumers. In 1927, Mazo de la Roche's (1879-1961) novel "Jalna" won the $10,000 first prize in a competition sponsored by "Atlantic Monthly", which provided her with recognition and success in the future. Mazo de la Roche is significant to Mississauga as she lived in Clarkson during the time she wrote her award winning novel, "Jalna." Mazo lived in Trail Cottage, which was located on property that had originally belonged to the Benares Estate. Some people speculate the Benares House was Mazo's inspiration for the Whiteoaks of "Jalna." Mazo was friends with the Harrises and had visited Benares. She was born in Newmarket as Mazo Louise Roche. She was the only child of Alberta and William Roche. Mazo died on 12 July 1961. See: C.J. Taylor, "de la Roche, Mazo" Canadian Encyclopaedia, 2000 Edition (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999), 639.
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