Sunday, March 23, 2008


Dear Knittah,

Earlier in March, Noricum and I were walking along the walkways that connect downtown Winnipeg buildings, when we ran into Timothy Eaton. Well, not literally. Although Noricum is frequently clumsy, she wasn't that clumsy today. And it wasn't the actual Timothy Eaton, he passed away back in 1907. But we did see the statue of Timothy Eaton. I got to rub his toe for good luck. (A Winnipeg tradition.) I hope some of that luck made it's way back to you. ;)


PS: The Eaton's company, now out of business, was a Canadian institution with lots of history. I've included links at the bottom of this post.

Timothy Eaton Timothy Eaton

Eaton's Wikipedia page
CBC page with TV and radio clips


Knittah said...

Toe? Where did the toe tradition come from?

noricum said...

I don't really know... the tradition has been around for a long time. The statue too: since 1919. (Yes, that would make Europeans laugh, but Manitoba is young, so 1919 is a long time ago here.)

The toe (shoed, of course), however, is shiny from all the rubbing, and I think may have had to be repaired... but I'm not really sure.

It's probably the toe because that's really the only part that's easy to reach. Why is it lucky? I don't really know.