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Picture Press 4: In Canada

More Great Canadian Anglo-Boer War lithos, pictures, and prints, salvaged for posterity from the trash heap of history by the Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum.

If you have others, please let us know.


The Sousa Band: "The Maple Leaf Forever" c 1904

You are listening to a popular Boer War Canadian military march recorded c 1904 by the Sousa Band under the direction of Herbert Lincoln Clarke (1867-1945) in Philadelphia, USA, specifically for use only in Canada. The Maple Leaf Forever was English Canada's unofficial national anthem. Visiting Royalty would have been swamped with it in Ontario and the Canadians sang it everywhere in South Africa.

You can hear these earliest Canadian recordings on our program's soundtrack. Details on our Music Page.


The Visit to Canada of the Prince & Princess of Wales 1860
We came across this wonderful set of extremely rare painted prints of Princess Alexandra and Prince Edward done sometime in the 1860s or 1870s, just after his tour of Canada. Edward does not yet have his beard, which could help date them. He was the first Prince of Wales to visit Canada, and opened the Victoria Bridge in Montreal, and set the corner stone for Victoria Hall in Cobourg, Ontario. These lithos are still in their original bubbled glass, and extremely alligatored frames. The lithos themselves are in mint condition, the ovals being a substantial 9"x11". (Found in Jordan, ON)

The English Royal Family
This large (14"x 18") litho, probably from the 1880s, is perhaps the rarest of the British Royal Family prints. It features a youngish Edward and Alexandra, above a youthful Duke of York and Mary (below). Father and son would be the first members of the Royal Family to visit Canada, Edward in 1860, and George in 1901, when he handed out medals to returned Canadian volunteers in the midst of the Anglo-Boer War

(Found in Fergus, ON.)


The End of a Glorious Reign: Queen Victoria
A rare memorial print of Queen Victoria lying in state, with her hands crossed and a gauze-like veil over her face. This large print (13" x 15") in old glass and frame, turned up at an estate sale still in wonderful condition after 100 years. Victoria died in January, 1901.
(Found in Toronto, ON)

Long Live the King
The last year of her life found Victoria traumatized by the thousands of casualties among the British Tommies.

A popular lithograph celebrated four generations of royalty: Victoria, her son Edward VII, behind to the right with Alexandra, and to the left, Edward's son, the Duke of York and future George V, with his son the future Edward VIII, on wife Mary's knee. (Found in Paris, ON)

Edward VII was the first member of the British royal family to visit Canada in 1860, when he opened the Victoria Bridge in Montreal. The Duke of York became the second, when he visited Canada in 1901, during the Anglo-Boer War, when he personally presented hundreds of Canadian veterans their Queen's South Africa medals.

When Victoria died, in January 1901, after a reign of 64 years, half the Boer War remained to be fought.

Edward VII succeeded her with Queen Alexandra, a Danish beauty. In many poorer homes, small portraits in a simple frame that everyone could afford, celebrated the new King and Queen.

For the rich, Victorian styles, including picture frames, now gave way to new age whose values became known as "Edwardian." Because he was old when Victoria finally died, Edward's reign was short-lived. He died in 1910.

(below) Rich Edwardians could afford these huge 29 x 35" sumptuous gilt frames holding full size 21 x 27" prints. (Found in Paris, ON)

Though his mother, Queen Victoria, died in January 1901, Edward refused to be crowned until Peace had been won in South Africa, a year and a half later.

By his gesture he became known as "The Peacemaker," as noted on this horse brass which, for years, jangled on the harness of a work horse as it ploughed the fields near Milton, ON.


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