Canada Classic historical photos

Classic Canadian Photos

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4951991)

Lady curler, 1959.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4950206)

Benedictine monk, 1950.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3194192)

Steam locomotives are fascinating.  These women workers are cleaning a fast freight locomotive with rags in the roundhouse, January 1943.  

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4948992)

Our Parliamentary Library in Ottawa in 1945.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3629891)

Canada's Parliament Buildings, showing the original Center Block and "Victoria Tower", completed in 1878, but lost to a fire when it burnt down in 1916. Architects: Thomas Fuller (1823-1898) and Chilion Jones (1835-1912). Photo taken ca 1880.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4953598)

Opening of the 20th Parliamentary session of Canada, in 1947, Black Rod (officially known as the Lady Usher of the Black Rod or, if male, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod) is an official in the parliaments of several Commonwealth countries. The position originates in the House of Lords of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The position is similar to one known as a serjeant-at-arms in other bodies. In the United Kingdom, Black Rod is principally responsible for controlling access to and maintaining order within the House of Lords and its precincts, as well as for ceremonial events within those precincts. The Black Rod for the Senate of Canada is the equivalent to the office for the House of Lords. The Legislatures of Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island have also incorporated Black Rods into their respective parliamentary systems.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3224744)

Hoisting of Upper Chord Eyebars. North Span, Quebec Bridge, 15 September 1915.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4370223)

Visitor examining the Bickell globe in a geological display in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, 15 Feb 1957.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4950083)

Inuit hunters, 1951. The square umbrella is a camouflage shield used to sneak up on seals. They often used .22 LONG RIFLE to hunt the seals that were sunning themselves on top of the ice. Without this the seals would spot the hunter before he could get within range for an accurate shot, and the seal would slip into the water. It was important to shoot them while they were on the ice as a dead seal would sink as I recall. I have a seal pelt that my father brought back from the Eastern Arctic in 1959 that has a bullet hole in it. He bought it from the Eskimos, and the holes around the edges show that it was cleaned and stretched out laced to a rack to dry. at Pond Inlet or one of the other harbours where the Eastern Arctic Patrol C.D. Howe stopped. (Colin McGregor Stevens)

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4950126)

National Film Board photographers setting up by an iceberg, sometime before 1962.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3230945)

When you want to brag about where you are from! "A Girl From Canada". Woman costumed by H.M. Murray, the Canadian Government agent in Exeter, England, to advertise Canadian prosperity in a parade, September 1907.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4952294)

Men weaving strands of rope to make ship fenders in 1959.  In boating, a fender is a bumper used to absorb the kinetic energy of a boat or vessel berthing against a jetty, quay wall or other vessel. Fenders, used on all types of vessels, from cargo ships to cruise ships, ferries and personal yachts, prevent damage to vessels and berthing structures.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3407722)

Top of the line music at Norton's Phonograph Parlor, Yukon, 1898-1910 (long before 8-tracks came and went).