The Work of Greg Clark and Jimmie Frise

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Wotta Picnic!

July 17, 1937

Commando Raid

July 17, 1943

There was a huge shortage of farm workers during the Second World War. Help came from various groups. These groups included the Farm Girls Brigade (composed of women under 26), the Farm Cadets and Farmerette Brigade (summer students and teachers), the Women’s Land Brigade (volunteer housewives), the Farm Commandos (part-time adult helpers), and the Children’s Brigade (youngsters under 15).

Confederation Day 1867

July 2, 1927

Canada’s birthday is July 1, 1867, so this comic would have been published on Canada’s 60th birthday, looking back to 1867.

Anvil firing was an activity to “test” the strength of anvils, but it seem likely it was more for fun.

Saturday Morning at the Office

June 25, 1921

In the early 20th century, the weekend only consisted of 1.5 days. Office workers still worked on Saturday mornings. As can seen in the jokes of this comic, people often resented working on Saturday and could not wait to leave for their weekend plans. It was not until the 1930s that getting the whole Saturday off became common.

Rations Up

June 23, 1945

Birdseye Center – 06/19/26

June 19, 1926

This is one of the earliest appearances of Eli and Ruby Doolittle. There is no title on this comic as it was also during he time where it flipped between Birdseye Center and Life’s Little Comedies.

All Aboard!

June 7, 1941

Society Item – “The Happy Couple Left By Rail”

June 4, 1932


May 23, 1936

May 24 is Victoria Day and is a Canadian public holiday, currently celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25. Initially in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday, it has since been celebrated as the official birthday of Canada’s sovereign. It used to be colloquially┬áreferred to as “Firecracker Day”, as it used to be the only holiday when fireworks were shown. Though fireworks are still used, it was overtaken over 40 years ago by Canada Day on July 1st.

The Magic Touch

May 20, 1944

From 1922 to 1953 individual members of the public were required to pay for annual Private Receiving Station licences in order to legally receive broadcasting for their radios. It initially cost $1 and had to be renewed yearly. The licence fee eventually rose to $2.50 per year to provide revenue for both radio and television broadcasts by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, however, it was eliminated effective April 1, 1953.

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