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Canada 150: ‘The Canadian Look’ of the first hundred years

June 30

When I spotted this vintage, 1965 book at a church rummage sale I knew it would be interesting reading. While some of the text sheds light on this still less-than-politically-correct time in Canada’s history, it is an interesting retro look at Canadian style through its first 100 years. Coined as ‘a portable gallery of those peculiar views and objects that identify Canada to us, and stand for Canada in the eyes of outlanders everywhere’, many of these  symbols and styles still define us Canadians today, 50 plus years on, at home and abroad.

And a thrifty find it was, as I paid a dollar for it, the same price it originally retailed at Coles (a great Canadian retail establishment)!

(Click on any of the images to see it in greater detail.)

The Canadian Look Book - saf affect

Such a retro, Canadian scene – the ice huts, the massive car, the colours!

The oh so Canadian and recognizable Hudson’s Bay stripes.

Dominion Day, before July 1st became known as Canada Day.

Oh how I would look forward to combing the Eaton’s store catalogue each season. And of course Hockey Night in Canada is well, so Canadian.

I can’t say I had even heard of the Quebec heater before reading this and how it was such a commonly known Canadian shape.

Where’s the toque? 😀

While some of these Canadian brands are gone, some live on with similar or revamped insignias and logos.

And sadly, or rather humorously, many of these sights of ‘An American view of Canada’ (dimly seen through the mists of Niagara Falls, no less!) have not really changed. Sigh.

Happy Canada Day! #Canada150




















41 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2 10:32 pm

    This brings back so many memories; I’m from Toronto too – what a great find 🙂

  2. pandareviewz permalink
    December 2 3:35 am

    Wow..this is such a great read. Being an Indian I find Canada a very friendly and a nice country. My relatives live there and I wish to visit it soon and experience it. 🙂

  3. December 4 12:26 am

    This American loves Canada and knows the Canadian Falls are incredible:) Rummage sales are so fun to see the treasures you can find!

  4. December 11 11:43 am

    Hello from a fellow Canadian-er! This book is a great find! I still can’t believe Canada is only 150 years old – such a young country compared to the rest of the world 🙂

  5. budgettraveltalk permalink
    December 16 5:14 am

    Rummaging through boxes of stuff at garage sales is such an interesting occupation. A little like gambling without the chance of losing a fortune. This is such a trip down the collective memory of Canada!

  6. January 9 9:15 am

    Wow, thats quite interesting book. I always like to peak in the history stuff like this. Great article. Thanks for sharing.

  7. February 13 8:11 am

    That looks like a really interesting book! I don’t see to much about skiing in your photos but at least it mentions Ice Hockey. Great book either way.

    • February 13 9:15 am

      You’ll spy a skier over to the north east of Montreal in the ‘American’s View’ illustration. 😀 This is just a sampling of the quite interesting snapshots of Canada over the first 100 years included in the book. Oh how we’ve changing over the last 50 years.

  8. March 1 10:31 am

    I was wondering the same thing haha. Would never have seen it if you didn’t point it out. Great article either way, very insightful to see stuff like this.

  9. Explore with Erin permalink
    March 9 1:02 am

    I adore Canada. I’d love to live there and the Immigration Museum in Nova Scotia was so interesting. Love the bit about Canadian brands!

  10. March 13 7:48 pm

    This is awesome! I found a similar book about New Orleans here in a thrift shop on Magazine Street. It had old ads from the turn of the 20th century. Talk about a jump back in time. Darcee & I got to explore Alberta last year during the Anniversary and we went into several museums to see Canada from back in time. I think Darcee loved it the most as she often jokes about being born in the wrong time for her personality.

  11. mytrampolinekids permalink
    April 6 12:15 am

    Dont you think we are a little too obsessed with political correctness now? Canada just changed their national anthem didnt it, becase it said “man” kind.
    Didnt man kind used to mean, the human race, and now it is a bad word? Sometimes I just wonder if it is all just a little too much.
    (But great find on the book!)

  12. April 12 10:46 pm

    I’m still giggling at the “American View Of Canada” . I truly enjoyed my trip there!

  13. April 17 4:29 pm

    What a cool little book! Canada is so close to the top of my travel bucket list! Thanks for an awesome post 🙂

  14. April 19 3:15 pm

    Just discovered your blog. Bringing heritage into the view–what an interesting concept.

  15. May 2 9:42 pm

    Love this! We are fulltime travelers and we decided to drive to Canada. We ended up staying two months in the dead winter. It was definitely an amazing adventure for this Texas native.

    • May 3 11:14 am

      Wow, amazing. And in winter too! You’ll have to come back and experience all of our amazing other 3 seasons. 🙂

  16. fabulousandfunlife permalink
    May 18 12:46 am

    What a fascinating book find! I love finding old books like these. I remember as a child seeing books like these on my grandparents bookshelf.

  17. May 18 1:46 am

    I love the retro print of the beach hut. I love browsing books and looking at old photos.

  18. May 18 5:37 am

    Oh wow. What an incredible book. It’s like a time capsule. I haven’t been to Canada yet

  19. Patrick H permalink
    May 18 11:18 am

    So many memories! I need to read this as I’ve traveled all over the world but neglected a lot of my home country of Canada… great post keep up the good work!

  20. May 20 9:44 am

    Visited Toronto once and always long for time to travel back there. Such a lovely place. I want to read this book before I stepped right back in 🙂

  21. May 23 10:59 pm

    I still remember the Eaton’s by my house growing up in Edmonton. This makes me a little nostalgic for home, as I live abroad now. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Amélie permalink
    May 31 10:00 am

    I love this. Canada is my happy place since I had the chance to stay there for a couple of months…Need to read that book ❤

  23. June 3 6:18 am

    I love when you get a great find like this! Thanks for sharing the pics from it.

  24. June 10 2:39 pm

    Oh Canada, how I love thee. An awesome part of history.

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