Monday, March 22, 2010

Signs of the Past

The Riverside Tavern is the oldest business establishment still operating in Blind River. It dates back to the late 1800's.

The owners, respecting the great history of the place decided to leave some 'signs of the past' intact.

The 'Ladies and Escort' sign was a left over from the day when in Ontario unattended single women could not enter a bar. They had to be with a boyfriend or husband and sit only in the bar room from which single men without a lady were not allowed.

The official reason for the separation policy was to prevent the spread of venereal disease. (I can well imagine what the reaction would be if some hapeless politician suggested such a policy).

Of course today the signs hanging outside the Riverside are meaningless. But they do attract attention and quite often people will pose for a photo under them.