Diary of a Sassy Lady Shines Light on Depression-era Toronto

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Toronto Star


Concerns about sharing personal thoughts of someone who hadn’t meant for their words to be read by others.

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.