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Maple Leaf Forever: A Celebration of Canadian Symbols [Hardcover]

Donna Farron Hutchins , Nigel Hutchins , Wesley Mattie former curator National Museum of Man and Canadian Museum of Civilization , Matthew Beverly
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Book Description

Sept. 7 2006

A fascinating array of Mounties, maple leaves and beavers.

This beautifully illustrated large-format pictorial features perhaps the most amazing collection ever assembled of objects depicting Canada's three most enduring national symbols: the Mountie, the maple leaf and the beaver. Each is iconic, communicating "Canada" to people everywhere. Included are items as diverse as:

  • A centuries-old fishing spear and a modern goalie's mask
  • Vintage toys and tacky taxidermy
  • War medals and Easter eggs
  • Comic books, quilts and museum artifacts.

The uniquely Canadian products are accompanied by foreign manufactured tourist souvenirs. High art meets low kitsch. These are the things that define a nation beyond all politics, and this remarkable collection celebrates them all. It will be appreciated by collectors, antique hunters and lovers of Canadiana.

Donna and Nigel Hutchins provide the reader with both a feast of visual images and a comprehensive history of the symbols and their use in identifying Canada to Canadians and to the world.

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A great coffee-table book and one that will be leafed through again and again. (Victoria Pennell Resource Links 200704)

This large coffee-table book is filled with fabulous photos of distinctly Canadian icons.. (Liz Grogan Good Times 200705)

Without question, the book is a visual feast and there is much to interest the student of Canadiana. (Robert D. Watt Canadian Monarchist News 200709)

Richly illustrated and a text with historical relevance, this book is a national treasure. (Barbara Sutton-Smith Antique and Collectibles Showcase 200609)

If it smacks of Canada chances are [the Hutchins] have it...the best...has been brought together in a beautiful...book. (Alison Broverman National Post 20061007)

Hundreds of pop culture items, crisply photographed in full color... are on permanent display in this two-dimensional museum. (Christina Leadlay Embassy (Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly) 20061220)

[One of 'Style at Home''s Top Ten Coffee Table Books] Sure to amuse and entertain. (Kat Tancock Style at Home 200610)

Discover maple leaf imagery, some as old as 100 years, on the oddest and most unlikely objects... and learn about their story ... and learn about their story. (Laila Maalouf Destinations 20061201)

Read this book to laugh, to learn, to long for our past and to love Canada today. (Guelph Mercury 20061209)

A gorgeous... book filled with iconic Canadian images. (Pamela Klaffke Calgary Herald 20061210)

A richly illustrated celebration of Canadian symbols... from 100-year-old antiques to kitschy souvenirs... An extraordinarily beautiful book. (James MacGowan Ottawa Citizen 20061210)

Fun and entertaining... gorgeous... You will be seeing red and white before you can put it down. (Joe Bryksa Winnipeg Free Press 20061203)

A long succession of arresting colour images. (Globe and Mail 20061209)

A wonderful collection of wonderful and wacky things... beautifully photographed and designed... informative and entertaining. (Jim Barber Simcoe.com 20061022)

A large format graphic book, bridging the gap, in a most compelling way, between traditional and pop culture... wonderfully presented. (J. Herbert Bond The Upper Canadian 200611)

Kitschy, kitschy Canadiana. (National Post 20061202)

A visual feast for the eyes... a beautiful volume that every Canadian family should enjoy together. (Deborah Wiles Halifax Chronicle Herald 20061210)

An amazing photographic collection. (Wayne Newton London Free Press 20061209)

A true reason to be proud of all things Canadian ... Definitely a treat from first page to last. (Shelf Life 20061201)

A big, proud and colourful celebration of Canada. (Krissie Rutherford Oakville Beaver 20061222)

Impressive and fascinating. (Annie Boulanger The Record (New Westminster, BC) 20061215)

A large and lavish display of favourite Canadian symbols in rich colour photography. A must-have for any Canadian coffee table. (The General Store, National History Society, Canad 200712)

Curiously compelling ... depicts a spectacular collection of vivid Canadian memorabilia.... Pure fun, with a little history mixed in. (Canadian House & Home 20071231)

Goes far beyond souvenir-store kitsch. (CAA Magazine 200701)

A dizzying array of artifacts... Even the most jaded Canuck is likely to feel a surge of patriotic pride. (Azure: Design, Architecture and Art 20070401)

Amazing, amusing Canadian antique and folk-art collection, contemplated by pieces from museums and private sources. (Carole Desormeaux Canadian Camera 200701)

About the Author

Donna Farron Hutchins is a psychotherapist, artist and actor. With Nigel she has co-authored three books on architectural preservation, including the much acclaimed Restoring Old Houses. She lives in Oakville, Ontario.

Nigel John Hutchins is an award-winning designer and decorator. His three books on architectural preservation have become standard works. In recent years he has been principally involved in film and television. He lives in Oakville, Ontario.

Matthew Beverly is a professional photographer and digital artist. He has worked with many major corporations as a creative director. He lives in Cambridge, Ontario.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical and fun March 30 2014
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This book is really pretty and fun to read. I really enjoy it as a coffee table book. Educational and fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wife loved it! Feb. 3 2007
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My wife is a Canadian citizen and she loves this book. Lots of great nostalgic pictures and a nice coffee table book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 16 2014
By David Eck - Published on Amazon.com
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I was delighted to find a used copy of this terrific coffee table book. It's well organized and has hundreds of photos of Canadiana - nicknacks and ephemera from the Great White North. A great find for an American interested in our friends up north and their culture!
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