This lavishly illustrated book features perhaps the most compelling collection ever assembled of objects depicting Canada’s three most enduring National symbols: the maple leaf, the beaver, and the Mountie.
From the beginning of Canada’s recorded history, individuals governments and businesses have sought to appeal to the Canadian people by identifying themselves with images that express a distinctly Canadian character. The range of these images is as diverse as the Canadians who populate this vast country.
In the 1980s Donna and Nigel Hutchins (the authors) decided to broaden the scope of their substantial Canadian antique and folk-art collection to include items from Canada’s popular culture. Concerned about the fragile state of Canada’s political landscape, they became increasingly intrigued by objects that depicted a strong sense of nationalism through established icons. This book showcases such icons.
This book will be enjoyed by both the serious collector and anyone interested in popular Canadiana. This book is a conglomeration of symbols on different objects all to make sure that they represent the nationalism that we all proud of being Canadian!
This is a gem of a book. I will have to purchase this book and add it to my collection of Canadian momentos.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth