Wednesday, 1 July 2020

153 and Counting

The British North American Act, enacted March 29, 1867 by the British Parliament, provided for Confederation of the three British North American colonies, Canada (Upper and Lower), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Now much amended as the Constitution Act, 1867, it was proclaimed into law on July 1, 1867 and Canada was born. The first official birthday celebration was in 1868, July 1 being named Dominion Day in 1879 and Canada Day in 1982.

Charles G.D. Roberts (1860-1943) was a Canadian poet. Here is a selection from two of his books - The Iceberg and other poems (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1934) and Songs of the Common Day and Ave! (Toronto: William Briggs, 1893).

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Kate Aitken and Tamblyn Drugs

In an earlier post I discussed the relationship between Canadian author Kate Aitken and Tamblyn Drugs. Here is a bit of that relationship - a four page collection of recipes from Tamblyn dated May 1950. The last page advertises her "Pocket Size Cook Book".

Note the "Tamblyn Broadcast" at the bottom of the first page. The radio station is CFRB. After 93 years Toronto's CFRB is still broadcasting.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Extinct Monsters! Part V

Two more Marx/Papo comparisons. Triceratops and Pterandon. Marx is right about the length of Triceratops. The Pterandon's wing length is a bit long - should be 18-20 ft.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Extinct Monsters! Part IV

Another Marx/Papo comparison. This one is complicated. The Papo is an Apatosaurus. The Marx is a Brontosaurus. Same or different genus? Depends on whom you ask. A recent (2015) study argues strongly for different. You be the judge!

Marx got the length right but not the weight. Today's estimate is 17 tons - half of the 35 or more tons Marx has in its booklet. The largest suaropod genus known today is Argentinosaurus which is estimated to be between 100 and 130 feet and 55 to 100 tons.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Extinct Monsters! Part III

This Marx Tyrannosaurus rex is the earliest version, referred to as the pot-bellied T Rex. A later version from Marx had him/her slimmed down.

Marx was faithfully (within the manufacuring limitations) capturing the 1950s versions of these dinosaurs. By the 1970s a dinosaur study renaissance had begun and we have today's much changed version.

The booklet is correct about weight. Length now placed at 40ft and age now 68 to 66 MYA.