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This virtual exhibit was created by the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History) in 2004 in accordance with the standards and best practices of the time. It may include outdated applications that may not be compatible with more recent browsers and other technologies, including assistive technologies. It is being retained for research and reference purposes although information contained within the exhibit, particularly links to other content, may also be out-of date. Any enquiries or comments related to this exhibit should be directed to the Canadian Museum of History.
This virtual exhibition is a collaborative project of the following
The Canadian Museum of Civilization gratefully acknowledges the financial
investment by the Department of Canadian Heritage in
the creation of this on-line presentation for the
Virtual Museum of Canada.
Mail order is a subject of natural interest to the Canadian Postal
The museum has published on the topic in the past, and in 2002 opened an
on this very theme called "Satisfaction Guaranteed." In the fall
2000 I met with Léon Robichaud, historian and professor at the
de Sherbrooke. He agreed to feature the mail-order catalogue as the main
of his graduate history course in multimedia. The course took place in the
of 2001. I attended the student presentations, and, following that,
that something of a virtual nature had to be done with this theme.
Two of the students conducted further research on mail order here at
Eventually, students in Professor Bryan Young's undergraduate course
McGill University were brought on board to do research as well. Meanwhile,
the summer of 2001, I approached Catherine C. Cole, consultant and curator
a strong interest in material culture and mail order. She agreed to manage
We set about looking for partners and found them at the National
the digitization task force working with Susan Haigh, and at the Culture
of the City of Toronto, where Elisabeth Joy works. They worked with us to
the joint proposal for the Virtual Museum of Canada and have been with us
the project got underway in the spring of 2002.
A host of authors was recruited to collaborate on the project. Their
forms the basis of this virtual exhibition as does the insight and
of the high school students surveyed for this project. It is hoped that
and for all Canadians this exhibition will provide a window on the past
will help them, and us, better understand the logic underlying the
pace of modern life.
- J. Willis
Stephen Alsford, Web Site Manager, Canadian
Catherine C. Cole, Historian and Principal Consultant, Catherine C. Cole
Associates, Heritage Consultants
Tania Costanzo, Project Officer, Library and Archives Canada
Elisabeth Joy, Supervisor, Collections and Conservation, Museums and
Services, Culture Division, City of Toronto
Jennifer Quincey, Project Officer, Library and Archives Canada
Diane Schreiner, Interpretive Planner, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Dale Simmons, Writer, Library and Archives Canada
John Willis, Historian, Canadian Postal Museum
Catherine C. Cole
Web design and development
Peter Crane Applications Developer, Library and Archives Canada
Mike Mitchell, Manager, Digitization Bureau, Library and Archives
Bob Patterson, Canadian Museum of Civilization
John Staunton, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Françoise Charron, le mot juste
Maurice Isabelle, Qualitexte Enr.
Steven Darby, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Harry Foster, Canadian Museum of Civilization
David Knox, Photographer, Library and Archives Canada
a Toronto-based researcher, writer, and editor. Since completing her MA in
history at York University, Carol has explored the history of working
ethnic communities, and public and private institutions.
the curator for Ontario history at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
published widely on social history, women's history, and the history
is currently finishing his MA thesis on the making of a hero, Jacques
famed explorer of the Mississippi. He is a historian and specialist in
communication. As contributing author, he collaborated in the CD-ROM
commemorating the bicentennial of Sherbrooke in 2002.
is the Coordinator of Curatorial Services for the Canadian
She holds MAs in classical archaeology and Museum Studies. Prior to
Children's Museum, Gaëtanne worked as a research consultant in
culture and interpretation and was Assistant Curator at the Canadian
for two years.
fine art and literature at the University of Guelph and, more recently,
studies at the University of Toronto. His interest in decorative arts and
rugs in the Toronto context was encouraged through work on the Spadina
a PhD in History. An art historian and museologist, she has published
articles and catalogues on Canadian art history, and is one of the
the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner in Montreal.
(MA) is an Edmonton-based heritage consultant with a longstanding research
in Canadian retail and mail-order history and Western Canadian social and
is a librarian, local historian, and writer in Calgary.
writing a book about artist-painter Pauline Le Goff Boutal
to be published by Éditions du Blé in 2005. She has a BA in
and an MA from the University of Manitoba, as well as a diploma in Fashion
from Sheridan College. She teaches plastic arts and the history of
MAs in History and Museology from the Université de
joined the Canadian Postal Museum in 1991, where she has been curator of
development since 1995. She has developed several major exhibitions both
and virtual, and has published and lectured on the history of the post.
Les Henry is
and publisher of Catalogue Houses: Eaton's and Others. He is also
emeritus of soil science, University of Saskatchewan, farmer, farm
columnist, and agricultural and environmental consultant
Elisabeth Joy was formerly
the Supervisor, Collections and Conservation for the City of Toronto's
Culture Division. She managed Registration, Conservation, Exhibit Design,
and Textile Reproduction Services for the City's museums and Historic
Collection. She holds an M.A. in Conservation of Cultural Heritage from
the Université de Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne and an M.A.
in Public Administration from l'ENAP.
an MA (History) from the Université Sherbrooke, multimedia stream.
is a cultural development agent, specialized in local and regional
Charles Long is
Ottawa writer and frequent contributor to Cottage Life.
a BA in Education from McGill University in 2003. She is undertaking an MA
the history of high-school education at the Université du
completed her PhD in History from the University of Ottawa in 2002. Her
"Regulating Healthy Bodies: Health, Medicine and Dress Reform in
Canada," examines the social and cultural authority of medicine in
women's dress. Eileen teaches courses in Women's History as a
professor at the University of Ottawa.
is a historian living in Quebec. She completed her McGill University
thesis on the history of the visualization of women at Eaton's in 2003.
has a BA in History (with a minor in political science) from the
Ottawa, where she is working on her MA. She is currently an employee with
Canadian Children's Museum in Gatineau.
Museum of Civilization historian, curated the permanent exhibit,
Voices: Language and Culture in Manitoba," which includes a
of Frank Dojacek's Ukrainian Booksellers and Publishers Winnipeg
with the historical collection of the Nova Scotia Museum since the 1960s.
maintains a special interest in photographs and other historical images,
in textiles, especially quilts and hooked mats. His work with Sharon
on quiltmaking has been published as Old Nova Scotian Quilts and
anciennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse by the Nova Scotia Museum and
Publishing Ltd., Halifax, 1995.
an MA in History from the University of Ottawa and works as a consultant
the Canadian Postal Museum/Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Alan Stewart is
historian specializing in the social history and urban development of
from its founding to the 20th century.
was the guest curator of "Timeless Treasures," an exhibition of
at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. She is the editor of The
Doll Journal and the author of Dolls of Canada: A Reference
an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, and specializes in
interpretive exhibitions, programs, and multimedia products.
John Willis has
a historian with the Canadian Postal Museum/Canadian Museum of
1991. He has published articles and books on postal communication and
history. He is a historian by trade and persuasion.