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Match the Twins contest was popular with readers

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JUNE Black can remember when she relied on the pages of the Winnipeg Free Press for news about mayor Stephen Juba or the Cold War.

But in the fall of 1952, she had a different reason for rushing to the mailbox every morning for the latest edition of the daily paper.

"It was a Match the Twins contest," she recalls. "We waited for the paper every day to get the pictures. At the time, everybody in the neighbourhood was doing it."

Black's daughter, Patty Faulkner, wrote to the Free Press recently about her mother's memory of playing the twins game. We're asking readers to share their favourite memories of the paper in the Your Lives, Our Pages project to mark our 140th anniversary.

In 1952, readers were asked to match up photos of 62 sets of twins, 124 photos in all, which were published in the paper over the course of about two months.

While the contest offered 169 prizes totalling $3,000, Black's interest went beyond a potential payday. She was in her early 20s and had entered photos of her one-year-old twins, Patty and Michael Faulkner. Black remembers thinking she had an edge because her twins looked nothing alike.

"Michael's got blond hair and the palest blue eyes you ever saw and Patty had red hair," she says. "I didn't think people would be able to match them up."

Despite hours spent trying to match the black-and-white photographs, Black never won a prize in the Match the Twins contest. The lucky winner, as reported in the Dec. 20, 1952, edition of the Free Press, was Mrs. Glen Sheldon.

It's easy to submit your own special memory of the newspaper. Go to www.winnipegfreepress.com/140/ and fill out the form. While you're there, enjoy some of the memories readers have submitted.

No access to a computer? Please drop off your stories and photos to the Free Press office at 1355 Mountain Ave.

Photos cannot be returned so please submit copies only.

ryan.bowman@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 20, 2012 B2

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