Women and their Work

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON May 1 1924
Women and their Work

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON May 1 1924

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON

Question—B. C., Maritime: I am a homeworker casting small toys at home, and as I would like to improve these toys, I would like to get information in regard to certain metals which I cannot purchase in this city. Where can I purchase antimony metal and linotype metal, and what are the prices of these metals?

Answer—1 have sent you the name of a firm here han ’ling these metals which sell at eight and a half vents a pound, i.o.b. Montreal, and at a little more for small quantities.

Question—R. W. K., Alta.: I am a

young man, quite undecided as to what business I will take up. Having great ability in caring for flowers, trees, etc., and loving the work, would you deem it advisable for me to enter the profession of landscape architect? Does it pay well? Will you please give me a list of books pertaining to this line of work? Is there a correspondence school anywhere that takes up this subject?

Answer Landscape architecture is a very delightful profession, but should not bo undertaken unless a thorough preparation may be obtained. At present no really comprehensive course is offered in Canada. The best course is given at Harvard University, and lasts three or

four years, after students have taken some preliminary training at a technical school. Cornell University, Ithica, N.Y., also has a good course and used to give a correspondence course which could be supplemented by class work later. As to financial returns, the work in Canada is still in the pioneer stage, so the best openings are to be found in the United States, where this profession is on a flourishing basis. Mr. W. Ormstead Roy, of Montreal, is an eminent landscape architect who might be able to advise you as to prospects in Canada. Send for a copy of “Landscape Architecture,” 15 East 40th Street, New York City (price 50 cents) and among other things you will find reviews of the best books on this subject.

Question—Canadian Girl: I want to study beauty culture with the idea of going into business for myself. Do you know of any school in Toronto or New York where I could take up this work?

Answer—Practically every well-established beauty shop of any pretensions has courses of instruction • at prices varying from $50 to $200, according to the number of subjects studied, and possibly the value of the instruction. I have sent you addresses of half a dozen such places, also the address of a school in Rochester, N.Y., where a three months’ course in the scientific care of the hair is given for $50 by a Canadian woman.

Question—E. C. A. K.: Could you

refer me to some book which would help a beginner to write stories—that is, a book which outlines the type of story? Also please tell me some publishers who might consider them.

Answer—“How to Write Stories,” by W. B. Pitkin, is sold at $2, and is published by Harcourt, Brace & Co., New York. Prof. Pitkin conducts very successful classes in short story writing at Columbia College, New York. There will be plenty of time to think of a publisher when you have your stories ready.

Question—Mrs. F. B., Delia: Could you tell me if Aaron Sapiro, the great organizer, is Italian? If not, what nationality is he?

Answer—Aaron Sapiro is an attorney kving in California, American born, and raised in an orphan asylum. His name, however, suggests an Italian origin.

Question-—Mrs. S., British Columbia: J. M. of New Brunswick says that Mrs. Joseph L. Blanchard, Caraquet, N.B., has information about handlooms on which to weave floor rugs. She says:

Caraquet, on the north-east coast of New Brunswick, where flax and wool are grown and manufactured by hand, as far as I know, is the only place in Canada where the old handicraft still fives and thrives. It is under the care of Mrs. Blanchard, the president of the local Women’s Institute.

Question—Miss J. G. F., Nova Scotia: Would it be possible for you to mail me at your earliest convenience some information regarding ten self-made men of Canada and their early advantages and disadvantages?

Answer—Here are the names of some self-made Canadian men, which does not imply, however, that they belonged to uneducated families, but that they achieved success by their own unaided

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Question—C. W., Sask.: Can you

give me the names and addresses of some of the Canadian officials in charge of the Canadian exhibits for the forthcoming exhibition in London? I shall appreciate being told the name of at least one of the directors.

Answer—Mr. A. W. Tolmie, Canadian Government Exhibition Commissioner, Norway House, Cockspur Street, London, England, is in charge of the Canadian exhibits at the British Empire Exhibition.

Question—A.'McB., Toronto: G.S.P. asks for a poem relating to British engineers and Soissons. I am enclosing “The Hell-Gate of Soissons,” which is,

I think, the one wanted. I copied it at the library from “Poems of the Great War,” published by Wm. Briggs, Toronto.

Answer—Many thanks for so kindly sending along this poem. Thanks are also gratefully given to J. G. O., Man.;

H. K. C., Roxbury, Mass.; and several others who took the trouble to copy this poem and pass it along. One copy was available for a professor in Nova Scotia, who wrote asking to have one sent him if it came to light.

Question—Miss M. M. C., Alta.: I should like to make some money at home with a candy kitchen, and have been in correspondence with two firms in the U.S. One supplies formula for making crispettes and all necessary utensils at a cost of $350. The other assures me I can start with ordinary kitchen pots, and only need to take his $50 course of instruction by mail. What would you advise? I have very little money to spend.

Answer—Don’t throw away your money on candy courses or expensive utensils, but buy a good book on candy making, such as “The Candy Cook Book,” by Alice Bradley, and concentrate on mastering two or three recipes until perfect at them. For instance, well-made chocolates with varied fillings, and fudge and nut brittle made of the best materials, find ready sale. I know three very successful candymakers who are entirely self-taught, each one having built up an excellent business. I feel you cannot do better than follow their route to success.

Question—Miss M. H., Mass.: Has Montreal or Toronto an agency for placing one in the art field? I have recèived my art education in the United States, but wish to return to my own country. My studying has been from a commercial standpoint, and I also have a Normal diploma for teaching. Perhaps you may know of some commercial art school, preferably in Montreal, to which I could apply.

Answer—There does not appear to be such an agency and your best plan would be to make application to art schools and firms that employ commercial artists. I am sending you a list of these in Montreal, and I believe your chances of finding employment in a firm are better than getting a teaching post. But Toronto, you know, is really the centre of commercial art in Canada, and anyone with special qualifications would more easily find a position here than in Montreal, although the present outlook for commercial artists is not very encouraging. Personal application would be better than applying by letter.

Question—Miss P. R. B., Nova Scotia: I would like to get Canadian

black _gnd white greeting cards to color. Can you give me some addresses? I have been using U.S.A. cards, and find it fascinating work.

Answer—It is not quite clear from your question whether you seek ,orders to color cards, or wish to buy them for your own use. The firm of Rous & Mann, Ltd., 172 Simcoe Street, Toronto, have entered the Christmas and greeting card field, and employ girls to color cards. You might address their Christmas Card department, although if remunerative work is your object, you are at a disadvantage living so far away.