Monday, January 26, 2015

Pure Spring Soda Company Ottawa

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Such a fond taste memory drinking this as a child in Ottawa, Canada.
I don't think there was ever a better tasting ginger ale! 
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Pure Spring was a soda company started in the early 1900's 
by the Mirsky family, descendents of Ottawa's first Rabbi.



PURE SPRING - Ottawa's Soft Drink Company

In 1905, a 19 year old man in Ottawa started bottling the spring water that came out of a limestone rock formation on “Nanny Goat Hill” near LeBreton Flats. From those humble beginnings a soft drink empire was started.

David Mirsky was the son of Jacob Mirsky, Ottawa’s first Rabbi. When David was 14 he entered the workforce as a “newsie”, peddling magazines, snacks and soft drinks on a CPR train. Within five years he had worked his way up to freight agent and started work in the CPR station itself. It was there that David noticed the incredible volume of soft drinks being shipped from all over the country into Ottawa. He began to wonder why soft drinks couldn’t be manufactured locally.

The family stories say that David began to collect glass bottles (which were quite scarce at the time) and return them to Bradings Brewery at LeBreton Flats where, after a time, he struck a deal with them to be able to tap the spring water that ran down the escarpment on Nanny Goat Hill, near what is Booth and Albert Street today.

David initially named his company “The Ottawa Bottle and Trading Co.” and his first product was simply a five gallon can of spring water. Deliveries were done by horse and wagon in the summer and by sleigh in the winter. This switched to trucks in the 1920’s.

When David continued to notice the amounts of ginger ale and ginger beer being imported from England, he switched to adding flavours and carbonation to his water. It was at this point in the 1920’s that he renamed his company “Pure Spring”, the name that would endure for the next 60 odd years.

His early operation was a modest one, using hand operated equipment in his own home in the evenings to create his products. Over the years though, David introduced two of his own sons into the business; Norman, who focused on product development, and Mervin, who focused on sales and promotion.

Mervin left the business for a time to fight in WWII, but upon his return a variety of expansion plans and innovative ideas were instituted. One of their greatest feats was to develop a formula that would retain carbonation in their drinks for at least 24 hours - a huge step forward in the industry. The Mirsky’s were also credited with bringing twist caps and soda cans to North America from England. By 1969, Pure Spring had increased sales 3000% over the last two decades.

Pure Spring products could be found in Canada from the Maritimes, to Alberta and up to the Arctic Circle. Elsewhere, products were found in the US, West Indies, Bermuda and Dominican Republic.

At its peak, it was said that Pure Spring had annual sales in the $50-million range, all stemming from their Ottawa production plant on Belfast Road. It was at that time the largest independent soft drink firm in Canada.

Their best known flavours were Ginger Ale, Honee Orange, Gini (a gin and Gini was apparently a very popular summer drink), Minted Grape and Cream Soda, but you could also get One Cal Cola, Brio Chinotti, Black Bing Cherry, Strawberry, Grapefruit and Lime, and for a while, EXPO Chocolate (made especially for Expo 67).

The Mirsky family eventually sold Pure Spring to the soft-drink giant Crush International in the mid-1960’s, though Mervin Mirsky continued to run it until about 1987.

I'll leave you with a quote from the incredibly hard working, innovative, industrious and resilient Mervin Mirsky - "When I see a need for something or I see an opportunity, I don't sit on my ass."

Photo © Hank LeClair


Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bel-Air Bohemian

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Bel-Air Bohemian painted photo series
were inspired
by a California garden 
owned by Lisa Eisner

Fine art prints of these 3 are
available framed, unframed or on canvas here.
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Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Art Wall Project

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I, like almost everyone today
wants to pull together
It's my new 'project'



I thought a natural place to begin
was digging into my own artwork
(it's available here)










Perhaps a real foodie focused wall 
on a dark wall 
in the kitchen






Maybe a Canadiana inspired wall too


Of course, the place where I was born 
will be highlighted



Oh how I adore Montreal!








Honoring my apple book.




Maybe in the bedroom too.

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You can look at all my art for your art wall project


Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Top 15 Garden Design Trends 2015

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Do you ever get lost in
the virtual gardens
of 
I do.
It gives me botanical inspiration 
for my artwork.

Michelle Slatalla has rounded up
and I added a few of my own (bonus)
with some complimentary art choices*
*Just click on the art to find the source/details.

Art in the garden is one of those trends! (wink)

Here you go:


































































































Patti Friday Outdoor Pillow Covers:
weather- and fade-resistant 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, 
a soft and inviting compliment for any outdoor seating area. 
Individually cut and sewn by hand, the pillow cover measures 16" x 16", 
features a double-sided print 
and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care. 
Does not include pillow insert.





































Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday
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