Thursday, October 29, 2020

Informed And Shaped By Nature

Around the church I left off with yesterday, this part of the Museum includes display cases and panels. In this case are standard items for the days of one room schoolhouses. A photograph of one in the Canadian West stands in the background.

Quotations about living in the West are on the wall.

As the 19th century moved into the 20th, a retail company, Eaton's, existed in Canada and ran part of its business through stores, part through catalogue. It no longer exists, thanks in part to the rank incompetence of the current generation of Eatons. A display case includes some items from the early part of the 20th century.

Social movements of this era are also examined. This banner is tied to the labour movement of the late 19th century.

Also examined is the movement for women to vote and for temperance.

The final of the three pods inside the Canada History Hall is on the second level. A long, gentle ramp curls around the central hub, where a large map of Canada is laid out on the floor.

From above, a look into one of the interior spaces below allows a view of a huge painting that nearly spans the height of the Museum.

A flag commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria is one of the first items seen in this third pod.

And it is the First World War that occupies this introductory area.


  1. I really like that tall painting!

  2. My wife's early schooling was in a one room schoolhouse.

  3. Great paintings from the museum and visiting enlightens one more.

  4. I really like those Eaton posters and that enormous painting.

  5. all of the hard won battles seems to be for not with our present government.

  6. What a wonderful exhibit. I like the quote that life in the West was informed and shaped by nature. People in our country are still having to fight for the rights of workers and women. Take care, enjoy your day!

  7. The Eaton’s catalogue was important to rural Newfoundland, long before the days of Amazon.

  8. Nice new banner.
    I´ll never get how one room classes really worked!
    But I´m pleased I understood the quote in French after all those years!

  9. I enjoyed learning more about Canadian history. And one of my blogging friends, Red, attended a one room schoolhouse and tells stories about it. :-)

  10. Interesting history and exhibits at the museum. I would love to have a closer look at the drawing.

  11. I still find it hard to believe that Eaton's is gone.

  12. Hey, the west was included this time! In rural areas where I was brought up most of our shopping was from the catalog.

  13. @Linda: so do I.

    @David: a lot of them where I grew up were replaced by the 60s.

    @Steve: it does.

    @Jan: it is one big painting.

    @Tom: hopefully not for long.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Marie: important all over, really.

    @Iris: they'd have been crowded.

    @DJan: I do know Red.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @RedPat: me too.

    @Red: it was the case for us too.

  14. Love the old Eaton posters William, sounds like Eaton is missed by many William 💙

  15. Unique display of history during that era ~ wonderful museum ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. The Easton posters are fantastic and nice to see. A wonderful exhibit.

  17. I have a Eaton's 25 year watch that was given to my uncle. It appears to be Rolex made. I remember visiting him on the 4th floor (I tink) ladies wear stockroom in Montreal.

  18. A really marvelous vertical painting.

  19. A wonderful and very interesting exhibits, and your header photo is stunning!

  20. I love seeing schoolhouse vignettes like this. It's fun to imagine that time. So, is WWI next?!

  21. The map of Canada and the huge painting are amazing.

  22. Cool Victoria flag and so much more!

  23. @Grace: unfortunately the family squandered their legacy.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Bill: I agree.

    @Anvilcloud: cool!

    @Revrunner: it is!

    @Denise: thank you!

    @Happyone: so do I.

    @Joanne: thanks!

    @Jeanie: it is.

    @Magiceye: thanks!

    @Cloudia: thank you.

  24. The Easton posters are nice to see :)

    All the best Jan