The Dionne Quintuplets, the first identical quintuplets to survive infancy, wore these dresses for a CBC radio interview in 1940, when they were only six years old. These pretty pink dresses are in a style typical for little girls of the period, with generous smocking on the bodice, embroidered collars, puffy sleeves and piped seams.
As Canada’s population grew, farmers felt pressured to produce more crops. As field size increased, farmers needed an alternative to horse-pulled ploughs. In 1918 the Sawyer-Massey 20-40 Kerosene Tractor was developed, replacing the use of animals to pull ploughs – which required care – and competing with the steam traction engine tractors – which needed expensive fuel.
Paragorgia arborea is a species of cold-water coral found on the ocean banks of Atlantic Canada. It is a treasure because of its colourful beauty, its importance to the ecosystem, and the relative rarity of coral in Canadian waters.
The Shay Geared Steam Locomotive, one of one hundred and sixteen known to remain worldwide (another five questionable and another six Willamette style Shays), was originally conceived by the American lumber merchant Ephraim Shay. The patent was sold to Lima Machine Works (eventually Locomotive Works Inc.) of Lima, Ohio who refined the concept and produced 2,768 Shays over a period of 67 years (1878-1945).
The bison is an iconic Canadian animal. Tucked away in the fur vault of the Canadian Museum of Nature is a unique specimen of this majestic animal, a Wood Bison. This particular bison – an adult male – is special because it is the single specimen that was used when the wood bison subspecies (Bison bison athabascae) was formally described in 1897.