Dispatches from the Depression

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Media Mention

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Toronto Star Touch


Stephanie Little is sharing the private life of a 1930s Toronto woman through social media, one diary entry at a time.

Stephanie Little made a New Year’s resolution to write a diary. But instead, on Jan. 1, 2017 she decided to share someone else’s, releasing an excerpt on social media each day.

As Little began her own diary, she found it difficult to write consistently. Then she remembered three diaries she bought for about $40 at the St. Lawrence Sunday Antique Market two years before.

Written by an unmarried, 27-year-old Toronto woman during the Great Depression, they detail her daily life — cooking and cleaning, working at department stores such as Kent’s, setting her hair, going to the Georgian Room to see the latest fashions and listening to Empire Club of Canada speakers on the radio.