January 29, 2016

Undercover reporter

Reporter in Disguise: The Intrepid Vic Steinberg
by Christine Welldon

Vic Steinberg was a columnist for the Toronto News in the 1890s. She wrote about life as a fortune teller, bookseller, factory girl, servant girl, or shopgirl. She often donned disguises to gain access to men-only settings like rugby games and taverns. Her stories were often one-sided and provocative, but her readers were delighted. Apart from that, not much is known about her personal life; not her real name, nor even what she looked like. Nevertheless, Welldon has written an interesting story with recreated dialogue to liven things up. Too bad the small type size and small pictures will turn off some young readers. Those who are more tenacious should find it rewarding.

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