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“Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, Canada” print by the Map Specialty Company (1923)

“Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, Canada” print by the Map Specialty Company (1923)

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The Canadian National Exhibition of 1923 left its mark on Toronto, and here it is drawn very professionally (and energetically) by an anonymous illustrator right before it happened. I say "anonymous" but what I actually mean is "I can't decipher the signature at bottom left of the main image" and the Map Specialty Company didn't leave any records behind. Any chance you know that signature? 

There are a few structures shown on the map that are still standing. At left we can see the modern-day Medieval Times building, and to its right is the Toronto Event Centre and Press Building. From there things get a lot more foreign. 

Oh, and those little banners and vignettes that frame the map? Each represents, along with an illustration, a different participating in the exhibition. From top left, clockwise, we see Belgium, Mexico, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, the "West Indies," India, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Egypt, Holland, and Cuba. Sorry, Germany and Austriayou'll be in the penalty box for a bit. 

A reproduction available at 16x12" or 24x18" on Epson Enhanced Matte 192 gsm paper printed with Epson UltraChrome XD2 archival ink. Sold in an open edition, unframed. Restored from a digital file found ithe City of Toronto Archives.

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