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Edition #625  Friday, January 20, 2017

Canada's Sesquicentennial

2017 is Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. For people of a certain age group (Andrew and me included) it's hard to believe 50 years have passed since our country's 100th birthday. Some things have changed, some things have remained the same and some things have been subtly updated as evidenced by the new Canada 150 logo.

Big Canadian Stuff-Eh! An Art Show for Canada's 150th

In honour of Canada's Sesquicentennial, artists belonging to the Island Illustrators Society have created a number of wonderfully executed and evocatively styled travel posters celebrating the geographic, natural and cultural diversity of our great nation.

An exhibition of the posters is on display until Jan. 29 at Coast Collective Art Centre, #103 - 318 Wale Road, Colwood, BC Canada.

The posters can be purchased from Island Illustrators Society. Their website is or email

Unframed 12" x 18" Posters Prices

One for $15.00. Four for $50.00. Seventeen (a full set) for $190.00

They'll be printing sets of postcards as well, prices yet to be determined. Contact them if interested.

The 1967 Centennial and EXPO67

For Canada the year 1967 represented a kaleidoscope of events commemorating both 100 years of Confederation and Canada's first World Exposition, held in Montreal.

The Post Office issued a special set of stamps depicting Canadian scenes, including artwork by the Group of Seven and other famous Canadian artists.

This trio of commemorative stamps were also issued for 1967.

The Bank of Canada issued a special commemorative $1.00 note and the Royal Mint issued a set of commemorative coins.

As part of the Centennial's celebrations a travelling exhibit on the Confederation train travelled from coast to coast visiting numerous communities across the country. The train's distinctive "O Canada" air horn now resides in Vancouver where you can hear it at noon every day.
Photo credit: Jim Brown, 1967. Jim took this photo on January 1, 1967 at the Ottawa Train Station.

EXPO67 was another watershed moment for Canada on the world stage. Successful beyond any predictions, EXPO67 presented the world with a modern and dynamic country, a democratic mosaic of many nations. The following postcards depicting scenes of EXPO67 are familiar to anyone who may have attended.

The Canadian Pavilion with the famous People Tree in the foreground.

The Western Canada Pavilion, where you could walk through a simulated hardrock mine, fish for salmon, mingle with cattle at a feed lot and walk through a logging operation beneath towering Douglas Fir trees.

The French Pavilion (on the left) is separated from the Quebec Pavilion by the popular monorail which ran all through the exposition site.

Religious themed pavilions were also present at EXPO67. This is the Judaism Pavilion.

In 1967 the Cold War was an acknowledged fact. The USSR Pavilion was incredibly popular with millions of westerners curious as to what was actually happening behind the iron curtain.

The Buckminster Fuller designed acrylic clad geodesic dome created a massive interior space containing all the marvels of the American Pavilion.

The Union Jack stood proud and tall at the British Pavilion, representing the mother country of many Canadians.

Habitat, a pre-fab concrete condominium complex, was one of architect Moshe Safde's earliest commissions.

Here's Andrew in 1967. He lived in Montreal at the time and has vivid memories of attending EXPO67. Note the souvenir pins from various pavilions on his shirt.

In 1967 our family lived in the tiny BC coastal community of Ocean Falls. We didn't get to Montreal but we did get to EXPO74 in Spokane, Washington and EXPO86 in Vancouver, BC.

If you have any photographs you would like to share of yourself in Canada's centennial year or any you may have taken at EXPO67, please send them in and we'll post them in the next newsletter.

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Answer to Last Week's Salvation Army Quiz

We received eight correct answers to our last stamp identification quiz. That means a $8.00 donation to Salvation Army.

Here's the portion of the stamp we asked you to identify

Here's the answer - Canada #2436, the 2011 Pow-wow Dancer issue, by Daphne Odjig (1919-2016).

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