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Art, photographic and philatelic material [graphic material, philatelic record, textual record] 

Series consists of



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

ca. 977 reproductions
39 drawings
96 prints
197 artifacts : medals and lapel pins
45 objects : printing plates, ceramics, flags, metal and plastic
17 watercolours
224 photographs
14 postage stamps
11 labels
4 sheets (84 labels)
4 blocks (16 postage stamps)
2 v.

Scope and content

Series comprises material relating to a large extent to Canada's Prime Ministers with additional political material of a more general interest. Prime Ministerial material includes portraits of Prime Ministers from Sir John A. Macdonald to Brian Mulroney. Of note are three portrait sketches by Henri Julien of Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Sir Charles Tupper; political caricatures by Blaine, Jack Boothe, Andy Donato, Terry Mosher, James Simpkins and Lou Skuce; and campaign posters for virtually all Canadian Prime Ministers including Kim Campbell. Miscellaneous electoral campaign material includes a paper dress worn by campaign workers for the 1968 Liberal leadership convention featuring an image of Pierre Elliott Trudeau; a large banner used for a Conservative Party leadership campaign with an image of John Diefenbaker; ribbons, rare political buttons, match covers, blotters, fake currency, promotional postcards and Christmas cards. Philatelic items comrpise sheets of labels with images of Prime Ministers from Sir John A. Macdonald to Joe Clark.
Some of the close to one hundred trade cards highlight such politicians as Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Sir John Thompson, Oliver Mowat, Sir Hector-Louis Langevin, Sir Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau, Sir John Abbott, Alexander Mackenzie, Sir Richard Cartwright, Sir Charles Tupper, and William Lyon Mackenzie King. There are also trade cards for the Countess and Earl of Aberdeen and for many provincial Premiers and Lieutenant-Governors. A rare 1885 set of cards caricatures Macdonald and his cabinet in various scenes of playing baseball with the opposition. Medallic items range from commemorative pins on the deaths of several early Prime Ministers to election buttons for Prime Ministers beginning with Sir John A. Macdonald through to Kim Campbell and Brian Mulroney. Postcards commemorate such events as the 1911 coronation, Royal visits, official openings of public works and visits by Earl Gray, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Connaught. The trade cards are not item-level catalogued but are numbered R1300-517 to 601 and are in container 2001067567. Postcards are also not individually described but are numbered R1300-602 to 861. They are in container 2001067568.
Photographic material of note relating to Prime Ministers includes an 1890 portrait of John Abbott, with accompanying letter (1868); two cabinet cards of Samuel Leonard Tilley, ca. 1868 by The Notman Studio, Ottawa; a signed Topley portrait of Robert Borden by W.J. Topley and one (1908) by Montminy & Cie, Quebec ; a cabinet card signed by Sir John A. Macdonald, a photograph of his grave and a rare image of his funeral procession (1891), both by Henry Henderson, Kingston, Ont.; cdvs and cabinet portraits of Marquis of Lorne and Princess Louise, ca. 1871; a cdv of "Toronto Grenadiers" with # 10 on the medal cap by G. McConley, Toronto, ca. 1865; a portrait of Alexander Mackenzie; an autographed cabinet card of Lady Agnes Macdonald; an 1898 group photograph, with Sir Wilfrid Laurier, of the Quebec International Commission; a 1912 signed portrait of Sir Charles Tupper by Gauvin and Gentzel, Winnipeg, Man.; a 1935 autographed portrait of R.B. Bennett; and two Karsh photographs of Louis St. Laurent (1947 and 1953), signed by both photographer and sitter; signed photograph of Mrs. and Mr. Louis St.Laurent, March 1949 and autographed colour portraits of John Turner and Joe Clark. Items of general interest include an 1898 studio group portrait of the International Committee in Quebec; Wilfrid Laurier sitting next to Charles Tupper (former PM and then High Commissioner of Canada to Britain) while he was in England attending Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 1897; signed portraits of Lord and Lady Minto, 1901; portraits of Lord and Lady Byng taken between 1922-1932; Harmonie de Montréal (3eme Bataillon des Carabiniers Victoria du Canada, photo by Notman & Sandham; a photo of a Niagara Falls procession for the 1919 visit of the Prince of Wales; cabinet cards of Prince of Wales and his family; post 1876; a large photograph of British Empire Service League, Mace and Speaker, iincluding W.L.M. King, House of Commons, Ottawa, June 29th, 1925; Nova Scotia Liberal Members, Dominion Parlement, 1904; Notman Studio Composite of Dalhousie graduating science class, Halifax, N.S.; a photo of a surveying party of young men; members of the Welland Temperance Society Notman Photo Composite of Montreal Snow Shoe Club, 1877; First General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Montreal,1875, photo by John Inglis; Synod "Canada Presbyterian Church", Montreal, 1861, photo by Notman and the Synod of the Canada Presbyterian Church, 1869, Hamilton, photo by R. Milne; group photo of The First General Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1883, Belleville, Ont., photo by J.H. Ford; photos of William Lyon Mackenzie King with King George and Queen Mary during their Canadian visits in 1927 and 1939; photos of W.L.M. King with Shirley Temple in Ottawa in 1994 for her war bonds work; Other items of note are a carte de visite by Notman signed by sitter Darcy McGee, two 1871 cabinet cards of the Dominion Cabinet by Notman, four photographic postcards of visit by Prime Minister Borden, King George V and Queen Mary to see Canadian soldiers in hospital at Lord and Lady Astor's country home at Clivedon, Kent in 1919 (the people are identified as 1. Matron Campbell, Major Astor, Colonel Jones, Billy Astor, P.M. Borden, Lt. Col. Gorrell; 2. Lt. Col. Gorrell, P.M. Borden, Col. Jones; 3). L to R.: Queen Mary, Col. Hodgett, Capt. Gooderham, King George V, Billy Astor, Lt. Col. Gorrel and 4. Capt. Melville Gooderham, Col. Hodgett, Queen Mary, King George V, Lt. Col. Gorrell. More contemporary works include two large colour photographs of Margaret and Pierre Trudeau with a group of unidentified professional skaters as well as candid shots showing several leaders at various sports events, on the election trail and giving speeches. Photo of The Quebec Conference, August 1943.
A large number of records, predominantly art material with a small number of photos, relate to the lives and commercialization of the Dionne Quintuplets. Included are advertising items for "Quintland", felt banners, greeting cards, and souvenir booklets; advertising calendars using images of the Dionnes for companies as diverse as laundromats and mortuaries; advertising campaigns for such companies as Quaker Oats, Colgate, Palmolive Soap, Karo Syrup and Arrowroot; ephemeral and three-dimensional items such as cloth napkins, paper fans, playing cards, pocket mirrors, stationery, soaps in the shape of the children, a dexterity game, bisque ware dolls together with a kit for hand-sewing dresses, a matchstick holder, a serving tray, baby books, silverplate flatware, and china, including baby cereal bowls; and clippings of international publications with covers and features of the Dionnes and Dr. Dafoe. Photographic material relating to the Dionne quintuplets images of them in a religious pageant, at a formal dinner party with members of the clergy, at a graduation ceremony, posing with the entire Dionne family and with Dr. Dafoe, an image of the Olivia Dionne Ice Cream Stand, and an autographed photo of Dr. Dafoe together with a guardianship letter.
Also included in this series is a wide range of subject matter, reflecting the interests of collector Morris Norman. Of note are war-related items such as posters for Victory Loan campaigns in both official languages; travel posters for such enterprises as Trans-Canada Airlines, Greyhound, B.O.A.C. and Canadian Pacific; advertising posters for circuses, food products such as King Cole Tea, Lowney's Chocolate, Canadian bacon, liquor, and cigarettes; cultural posters for entertainment events including the Canadian National Exhibition and for early films and westerns; 1930s advertising calendars for such firms as Massey-Harris and Robin Hood Flour; banking calendars and ephemera from financial institutions notable for images promoting the beauties of Canada; caricature material including rare 1890s reciprocity posters and advertisements by cartoonist Jimmy Frise and Lou Skuce; early music material, dating ca. 1880-1918; and a range of advertisements and calendars by British cartoonist Lawson Woods for small Canadian firms. Rare items of note include two early documentary art prints; an 1895 calendar for the Standard Assurance Company; an 1883 advertisement for the Centennial exhibition of the Methodist Mission, St. John, New Brunswick; a large colour poster for the 1932 Regina Grain Exhibition; an 1855 notice to contractors for a bridge construction project; a 1949 poster for the Calgary Stampede; a ca. 1910 cloth poster for Melotte Cream Separators; a poster for the 1936 Vancouver Golden Jubilee with event vignettes; ca. 1890 lithograph for the Dominion Organ and Piano Company of Bowmanville, Ontario; and a ca. 1915 store advertisement, made specifically for the British Market, advertising Canadian Pacific as the World's Greatest Railway. A small number of miscellaneous photographic items include a 1900 portrait of Field Marshall Roberts; a Notman composite of the 3eme Bataillon des Carabiniers Victoria du Canada, with the names of the group printed along the border; a ca. 1880 image of the workers from the Toronto Nippissing Railway; a Notman composite of a large snowshoe party and a graduating class from the science department of Dalhouse University; an 1861 composite of the United Presbyterian Church official union on Montreal with the Presbyterian Church of Canada; and a composite image of the first general conference of the United Mehodist Church in 1883. Philatelic material comprises an Olympic Stamp Souvenir Collection which include 14 stamps, a folder signed by the Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, the Minister responsible for the Canada post Corporation Perrin Beatty and the René J. Marin, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canada Post including four blocks of stamps commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force (issue of 1984) with the program, 11 labels "To us the torch is thrown" sponsored by General Motors showing British and Canadian personalities, 2 blocks of labels "Souvenir of Canada, centennial stamps, 1867-1967 showing Prime Ministers and provincial flowers and 2 blocks of labels showing Prime Ministers of Canada, 1967-1979.

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
from 1501 to 1503
90: Open
Philatelic records
90: Open
1499 File number 1
90: Open
Philatelic records
90: Open
90: Open
Textual records
90: Open
1500 File number 1
90: Open
Archival reference no.

Terms of use

Art: Copyright must be checked on an item-level basis.
Photo: Copyright varies and must be verified.
Philately: Copyright of postage stamps belongs to Canada Post Corporation. Copyright of labels is unknown. Credit: Library and Archives Canada

Art A large majority of the artwork as been item-level catalogued and is available on-line. An inventory list of the medals and lapel pins may be found on the accession file. 90 (Paper)

Photo A list of the photographs is available on the accession file. 90 (Paper)

Additional information

Exhibitions note
Many of the Dionne Quintuplets items in this series were lent by Morris Norman for display in an exhibition at the Region of Peel Museum in 1999.

Philatelic note
An envelope accompany the blocks of Souvenir of Canada, centennial stamps, 1867-1967.


Related control no.

1. 1988-294 DAP
2. 2000-00777-5
3. 2004-01573-X