July 1, 2011

Celebrating Canada Day with a new Vintage Canada Flickr group

Good morning and happiest Canada Day wishes! As followers of this blog may know, this is my first post in about three weeks. As discussed here, I recently underwent two investigative medical procedures and have been trying to recoup from those in the days since they transpired (thank you deeply to all those who left sweet, caring comments and sent emails my way for a speedy recovery, I am so fortunate to have understanding friends like you).

At the moment I'm not as far along in that regard as I'd ideally hoped for, so later on today I will be posting another round of Vintage 365 entries (in one larger post) to see us through the first part of July.

For right now though, let's bypass that topic and delve into celebrating Canada Day! The first (and one of only a couple) statutory holidays that we canucks get treated to each year, Canada Day marks the day when, back in the thick of the Victorian era (1867, to be exact), three Canadian colonies official banned together to form a nation (Canada!). In the years and decades that followed other provinces and territories joined the Dominion of Canada, to ultimately create the vast, maple leaf flag waving, country that we know and love today.

Toasted annually with firework celebrations, community parties, outdoor barbeques, and the sporting of red and white (not to mention many maple leaves painted on the cheeks of young and old alike), Canada Day not only honours the founding of this beautiful nation, it also pays homage to the many elements that help make it a fantastic place to live today.

Sometimes also referred to Canada's Birthday, July 1st, is the perfect day to stop and think about all of the things that one loves and holds dear about our marvelous nation. From a bounty of important rights and freedoms to a splendid melting pot culture, sunsets and rises so dazzling they defy adequate description to the home-grown cuisine of this fine nation that includes everything from perogies to poutine, it would be impossible for anyone living under Canadian skies not to have a lengthy list of things they treasure about Canada.

To mark today's holiday - and in the spirit of my love for all things vintage - I recently created a new Flickr group (adoring Flickr groups as I do!) devoted entirely to helping preserve images of Canada's past.

Dubbed, fittingly enough, Vintage Canada, this group is devoted to corralling and celebrating Canadian images (photographs, postcards, illustrations, advertisements, etc) that depict Canada and Canadians in the years prior to 1965.

Though the emphasis is on mid-twentieth century images (which I bet doesn't surprise anyone here who knows me), any early Canadian image (that's family friendly) is more than welcome to call this group home.

{1. Colourful Canada, 2. Capilano Canyon and Crown Mountain, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 3. Laura (Lauga) Ann (Hanna) Chris Arny in Lundar, 4. Busy Beavers, 5. MY MOTHER IN LAND ARMY 1943., 6. Mom & Dad , 7. 5 Sisters, Stjana Lauga Arny Hanna Rakel. 1915, 8. Drapeau de la Province de Qu├ębec, 9. Ottawa, Canada - Large Letter Postcard, 10. Michael in RCAF uniform, 11. Victorian Album 7 - (1880's-1890's), 12. Oshawa Generals Hockey Team 1937., 13. Chateau Lake Louise.

A very Canada Day approved selection of some of the stellar images that members have already added to the Vintage Canada Flickr group. Don't you just love that smiling vintage Mountie in the middle?! Smile}

If you're on Flickr and enjoy Canadian history and/or interesting vintage images in general, I would absolutely love it if you joined the group (should you have any vintage Canadian images of your own, please don't hesitate to share them!).

As the sun embraces the sky this fine summer morning, I'm thinking of you each and am wishing you all an utterly terrific Canada Day (whether you live on canuck soil or not). Later today I'll be posting the aforementioned entry with another roundup of Vintage 365 entries to see us through the next little while.


Happiest Canada Day, sweet friends!!!


  1. Happy Canada Day to you as well - LOVE the images. Take care.

  2. Love the smiling Mountie...can't resist a man in uniform:)

  3. Happy Canada Day to you! Love the group. I know I'll be stopping by. :)

  4. Wonderful images!!! I am not a Canadian, but my mom and her family lived in Canada for several years. Love the picture of the Mountie!!! I have several pictures of my grandfather in the days when he was a member of the RCMP! I found your blog through Scrapbook.com. I always enjoy the wonderful comments you leave when I post a layout there under the name of Mdjs.