Cover Controversy: Dogs Versus Girls

May 15 1948

Cover Controversy: Dogs Versus Girls

May 15 1948

Cover Controversy: Dogs Versus Girls


Dogs and Bathing Girls

I agree with R. Jane, Toronto, and “Dog Lover,” Calgary (Mailbag, March 15) that your Jan. 15 dog cover is one of the nicest you have had—and agree dogs and animals are so much nicer...on a magazine such as yours is supposed to be, than people and especially half-naked bathing girls. Who ever wants half-naked girls on any magazine . . .? Surely to goodness there are enough of the half-naked girls shown in advertisements. Of course this may appeal to the lower mentality, but does Maclean’s come under this type? It never used to be classed as such . . . —A Lover of Landscape, Animals and Children Subjects, Brockville, Ont.

We blush to confess that the bathing girl is no recentacqua into nceof Maclean's 0See cuts below)—The Editors.

How to Sleep

After reading “Wizard ofZZ-Z-Z-ZZ” (April 1) I’m wondering just what’s becoming of us! Civilization is apparently turning us into pampered, unhealthy, semineurotic namby-pambies when so many people suffer from insomnia . . . I . . . have yet to meet a farmer who suffers from insomnia— and the reason is obvious—they have in abundance two things which the city slicker lacks: namely, fresh air and physical exertion . . . It’s unnecessary for anyone to go to the ridiculous and expensive extremes mentioned in your article. From experience I’ve discovered that there is a cure for insomnia which costs absolutely nothing. Take a half to two hours’ brisk walk in the fresh air before retiring and don’t go to bed on a full stomach—Mrs. E. J. Ross, Gravelbourg, Sask.

• Last evening, among other things, I drank two cups of coffee. I got to my room about 12.30 a.m. but by 1.30 I was still awake . . . so I turned on my bed light and picked up Maclean’s. About 3 a.m. I came to the article about curing insomnia ... I studied

it carefully . . . About 4.30 a.m. I came to the last paragraph of “Parade” and laid the magazine down with a parting chuckle ... It is now 6.30 a.m. and I thought 1 might as well get out of bed and write this letter to tell you that the article on how to cure insomnia isn’t any good.—J. M. Carswell, Winnipeg.

Maclean's is edited for wide-awake readers.—The Editors.

That Saint John Cover

Where did you get that terrible picture on your cover of April 1? I have not seen Saint John since 1900, but surely it has not gone down as much as the picture would lead us to suppose. It was a very pretty place when I lived there, but from the picture, my, oh my!—Fred L. Temple, Vancouver.

• As a subscriber of many years I wish to express my resentment and displeasure to the artist’s conception of Saint John harbor ... It is inconceivable how an editor . . . would accept such a crude thing.— L. E. Whittaker, Saint John.

English Monster

Victor Maxwell’s “Monster in the Cellar” (Dec. 1) shows a very limited knowledge . . . particularly when he claims the furnace as a champion ash manufacturer. Obviously he has never examined corresponding English units . . . 1 speak as a Canadian now resident in England who has gone into this matter scientifically . . . Anyone with even a primitive knowledge of fuel combustion (and, believe me, the English have it) knows that soft coal

will make more ash than anthracite, furthermore it gives a much bulkier ash. Hence, the fireplaces are designed for this fuel . . . Mr. Maxwell has entirely overlooked the vast amount of ash the English unit distributes throughout the house ... I am prepared to wager it would in itself outweigh the total output of Mr. Maxwell’s monster. Thus, without even taking into consideration the soot output, you will realize the superiority of the English fireplace.—S. A. Bird, Kent, England.

Homely Illustration

Where did W. A. Winter find his models for the drawings in “The Day Jake Made Her Rain” (March 1)? Possibly some B. C.-ite who had gazed too long on his cover drawings. I have seen faces that homely, but not in Alberta.—W. W. Walker, Travers, Alta.

Mr. Winter says he doesn't use models: “ƒ draw people constantly—on the street, in restaurants, everywhere. Then I sort of boil them together.”-—The Editors.

Word Puzzle

While glancing over your magazine I ran across an interesting little problem called “Word Checkers” (April 1). Before I realized it, I was deeply immersed in trying my skill. I came up after an intensive two hours with quite a few more words than 1 had anticipated. According to you a score of 16 is “very good.” Please, kind sir, how do I rate as a word hound with these extra words tacked on to the full list you published?—George F., Vancouver.

You win, with IS extra ux>rds. The Editors.

• My dad I saw your bit of a page in our spair time we thought we would try it on less you don’t know what I em talking I will tell you it was to pick out four letter words you got 22 we got 55 see. good by.—Danny Lanfield, Regina.

Sorry, Danny. Like dozens of others, some of whom got 173 extra words, you didn't read the rules.—The Editors.

It’s a Steal

Reading “How They Steal Cars” (Nov. 1, 1947) calls to mind an audacious car theft in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The owner . . . had left it at the garage for repairs. Several days later he called for it and stood for a moment . . . with his foot on the running board . . . when a voice said “Excuse me, please,” and a man clad in overalls and looking very

businesslike stepped into the car, closed the door and drove out of the garage. The owner waited for a while, expecting his car was being taken for a trial run . . . Was it? Oh, no . . . Just another car theft.— Mrs. Eileen Osman, Coburg. Australia.

Our Editorial Seers

Sometimes I think the article editor must have telepathic powers. On several occasions 1 was just going to sit down and drop you a line re subjects that puzzled me and lo! almost the next issue of Maclean’s would give me

the results in article form! This week past 1 started a letter to you in regard to several things puzzling me about a Gallup Poll and, in the middle of my efforts to compose a letter, comes Maclean’s with a splendid article on the system by which the Poll is calculated. (“Quiz on Your Doorstep,” April 1.) See what I mean? It’s uncanny . . . —Harrison McElwaine, Saint John.

Prayers for a Reader

It has been interesting to read the various comment s from readers of your Feb. 1 Mailbag regarding Saskatchewan reader (euthanasia candidate). I like the suggestion put forward by Montreal reader (Mailbag, April I). But whether we condemn ... or agree ... we can all pray for her. If every praying person who read her letter . . . would say a one-sentence prayer for her every day of the week, Saskatchewan Reader would not only find life worth living, but her difficulties would be overcome. Saint John Reader.

On Race Prejudice

1 would like to compliment the author of “Are Canadians Intolerant?” (March 15) ... It is certainly true that the prejudiced talk the loudest. 1 am just 21 ... I have no prejudices now and can easily picture myself loving and married to either a Chinese or a Negro and I consider these of top importance in this subject. Anyone who would marry a Japanese could tolerati* him or lier in any other way. — Ken E. Sampson, Tofield, Alta.