Daily except Sunday

There were no trains on the Pembroke branch on Sundays. According to the schedule, even the first class to Ottawa ran daily except on Sundays, and freight trains were outlawed by the Lord’s Day Act, of course. So, on Sundays the branch slumbered.

Starting on August 1st, 1905 and running one or two trains almost every real day, I knew I was closing in on the weekend. However, checking the calendar on my iPhone didn’t feel right for 1905.

So, I cast about for a calendar I could hang, and came up with two options. The first is an actual 1910 advertising calendar from Pembroke, which I found on Facebook. The photo was not directly usable, and I had to stretch and distort the picture to make it square again. I also reproduced the text with the closest fonts I could easily find (typefaces are a deep rabbit hole). While I feel this is more likely to be a calendar you would have found hanging in Pembroke, it doesn’t match the Art Nouveau aesthetic I am aiming for in the room.

Further searching turned up a collection of beautiful Art Nouveau lithograph calendars at the University of Cincinnati. It seems unlikely that one of these would have found its way as far as the depot office in Pembroke, but they are exactly the look I’m after.

Fortunately, my kids have taught me a powerful conjunction – “and.” As in, “cake AND pie” or “movie AND dinner out.” Somehow it doesn’t work with “laundry AND clean my room,” but here it applies wonderfully: I printed the authentic but ugly calendar AND the beautiful but less likely calendar.

Now to figure out where to hang them.

2 thoughts on “Daily except Sunday

  1. Rene – Can you define a “REAL day”? You mentioned it in your second paragraph. Isn’t every day a “real” day?

    1. Dang, that is a tough question, but I’ll try. “Real days” are periods of approximately 24 hours in our present timeline. A Pembroke day might correspond to an arbitrary number of real days, depending on my whims.

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