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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

 

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

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

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