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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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11 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.

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