Thursday, September 18, 2008

The 1919 Canadian National Exposition

To celebrate victory and the end of World War I, the city of Toronto hosted the Victory Year 1919 Canadian National Exposition. The illustration above is a part of the lithograph poster created by artist James Edward Hervey MacDonald (1873-1932) to advertise the pending celebration. The grueling experience of war and losses suffered were still fresh in peoples' minds and the artist used subjects with a war theme. The beautiful woman holding the British flag represents Canada triumphant, with the soldier standing beside her. There is an airplane overhead, flags of the allied forces, with the exposition grounds in the background. The lithograph was published by Rolph, Clark, & Stone, Ltd.

The Canadian National Exposition, still held every year in Toronto, is Canada's largest fair and the 5th largest in the world.

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