Category: canada

Yesterday's Print 2018-11-17 21:00:37

Hastings, Vancouver, 1954

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mostly-history: A classroom in Toronto (Canad…

mostly-history:

A classroom in Toronto (Canada, 1940).

Veronica Foster, known as “The Bren Gun Girl,”…

Veronica Foster, known as “The Bren Gun Girl,” poses with a finished Bren gun at the John Inglis & Co. plant. Canada. 1941.

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Yesterday's Print 2018-11-02 02:14:08

The Gazette, Montreal, Quebec, May 15, 1879

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Infantrymen of “D” Company, The Se…

Infantrymen of “D” Company, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, with their Universal Carrier, on which is inscribed “Germany Kaput – Italia Tutto Finito – Here We Come – Canada”. De Glindhorst, Netherlands. May 5, 1945.

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Infantrymen of “D” Company, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, with their Universal Carrier, which is inscribed “Germany Kaput – Italia Tutto Finito – Here We Come Canada”, De Glindhorst, Netherlands, 5 May 1945 – (L-R): Private Wilf Monbourquette, Sergeant Ross MacKay, Privates Hugh McErlain, Lawrence Spence, Harry Campbell, Dusty Millar and Aubrey Bolitho – Lieut. Michael M. Dean / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-137741

Thank The Algonquian For Pecan Pie

Native Americans and First Nations people, who spoke a language of the Algonquian group, were the first to meet English explorers in North America. So many words from these languages entered English:

  • caribou (“snow-shoveler”)
  • chipmunk (“red squirrel”)
  • moccasin
  • moose
  • muskrat
  • opossum (“white dog”)
  • pecan (“nut”)
  • powwow (“to dream, to have a vision”)
  • raccoon, skunk (“to urinate” + “fox”)
  • woodchuck

When Hockey Goalies Stood Tall

When the National Hockey League first started, hockey goalies had to stay on their feet at all times. Requiring goalies to remain standing contributed to high scoring games – and cheating. Because goalies were allowed to “accidentally” fall to the ice. So some goalies got very good at accidentally falling down, and timing it just right so their bodies just so happened to block an incoming puck. Oops!

The rule was changed partway through the very first NHL season.

A shield to protect the face during snow storm…

A shield to protect the face during snow storms. Canada, 1939.

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Yesterday's Print 2018-09-24 00:53:04

The Ottawa Citizen, Ontario, November 20, 1931

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This bizarre photograph from 1917 depicts a time traveler?

This bizarre photograph from 1917 depicts a time traveler?