Whacking Whitney While Keeping Drew Out

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Whacking Whitney While Keeping Drew Out

Promises of coloured margarine, demonizing drink, and men of action in a gallery of past provincial election ads.

Source: the Richmond Hill Liberal, December 23, 1886.


Besides lawn signs and public meetings, newspaper advertisements have long been a preferred method for Ontario politicians to spread their message to the public. Whether it’s a simple promise to provide “good government” or a full platform requiring a magnifying glass to read, the press has offered a forum for candidates to make their case to voters as long as they paid for the ad. Today’s gallery shows the evolution of Ontario election ads from short notices in partisan papers to spots where the reproduction quality barely hides the lines of a candidate’s toupee (sorry Mel).

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