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Historicist: Delivering the Mail

The first of a two-part look at the back half of the Globe and Mail's name.

Advertisement for the Mail, 1890s  Toronto Public Library

Advertisement for the Mail, 1890s. Toronto Public Library.

What’s in a name? In the case of the Globe and Mail, it’s a combination of two historical Toronto newspapers that clashed politically. Most people are familiar with the Globe as a solo act—founded by George Brown in 1844, it evolved into the unofficial voice of the Liberal party. Yet the 64-year odyssey of the Mail and its offshoots as a conservative counterpoint to the Globe shouldn’t be ignored, even if its present-day descendant rarely acknowledges its existence beyond the masthead.

Keep reading: Historicist: Delivering the Mail



Extra, Extra: Cheap Black Cats, Dufferin Station’s Transformation, and the Leafs Snub Their Fans for Karma

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

Photo by MSVG from the Torontoist Flickr pool

Photo by MSVG from the Torontoist Flickr pool.


Newsstand: November 20, 2014

The Toronto Raptors extended an olive branch to Vince Carter by playing a tribute video honouring the former Raptor at Wednesday night's game. It's nice to see bygones be bygones, isn't it? In the news: Former TCHC houses are earning a lot more than their asking price on the market, a North York condo goes without power for four days, 80 more layoffs at Bell Media, and an imminent price increase at Tim Hortons.