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Don't be a dupe... use a loupe...

The Eyes have it... Left Sir John A's eye from the chromolithograph above (an original print) hugely magnified, shows no uniform pattern, or grid of rows of dots, like those that entirely cover the Queen Victoria photomechanically reproduced photo right. That's why images made as chromolithographs are considered original prints - and valuable - and the Queen Victoria photo copy, a reproduction or repro - and cheap.

Think about it... In the original print of Sir John A's eye, you are seeing the actual coloured ink of the print itself magnified - the real print, directly, personally, pressed on by an artist.

In Queen Victoria's eye, you are seeing only a photographic mechanical reproduction of the photo, not the real photo emulsion itself. Recopying the original surface mechanically - either the photo emulsion, or an original painting or print - with a camera and then creating a copy with a machine printer, creates and superimposes the grid of dots on the image.

Unlike hand-coloured lithos, like Currier & Ives, and McKenney & Hall, where the colour was applied by an artist with a brush, chromolithographs had the colour applied by pressing the paper on to various litho stones. Sometimes dozens of stones. So proper registration of the paper on to the stones was vital to preserve sharpness and good edges to the colour. The pebbling of the grains from the surface of the stone can be seen when you look close up.

Sir John A's eye shows no grid of dots like Queen Victoria's, from a photomechanically reproduced picture.

It is an original print, a chromolithograph. A craftsman took the paper of this actual print and personally pressed it on to various litho stones to transfer the coloured inks from stone to paper.

Queen Victoria's photo like 99% of the pictures published in modern times, was run off a press by the hundreds by an operator pressing the button while he watched TV.

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Rarest of the rare is this fabulous colour lithograph dating, probably from the 1870s. It displays a magnificent variety and depth of colour you will never, ever, find in a Bateman photomechanically reproduced nature "print."

Colour lithographs of political leaders from this period are extremely hard to find. Ones in mint condition, like this one is, impossible.

Queen Victoria knighted Sir John in 1867, for helping to bring about Confederation, setting up Canada as a semiautonomous state.

Canadian teachers, school children, and educators, who hope to find this picture available from the internet sites of Canada's National Library and Archives, or National Museum, will be sorely disappointed.

The fiendish trolls, working in the basement of Canada's National Archives, take great delight in publishing only grotty small images, just enough to arouse interest, and spend day and night, purposely defacing larger ones...

All Canadian school kids get from heritage officials in Ottawa, is the finger...

If Canadian school kids want big, undefaced pictures, for use in educational projects, they have to pay big bucks to civil servants in Ottawa, to help pay their salaries, pensions, and expense accounts, because the government has appropriated the billions once used to look after Canada's heritage collections, to pay for the "holy" war it is fighting in Afghanistan, where ALL the foreign shooting, killing soldiers are white European Christians, and ALL their victims are non-white Muslim men, women, and children...

To Canada's great shame, all around...

Chromolithograph, Prime Minister Sir John A Macdonald (detail) - c 1880
Orig. chromolithograph - Print Size - oa 38 x 51 cm
Found - Omaha, NB
Pub - William Brice, Toronto
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A glorious chromolithograph from Canada's past, executed with flawless elan by Art Hider, probably inspired during the period he lived in western Canada..

But his buffalo - bison to you - and horse are powerful and alive. There is foreground aplenty in this picture. But, like in the best art, by top artists, there is also middle ground interest - another brave chasing the rest of the herd - and background - the meandering Saskatchewan River.

Now go look for middle ground or background interest, in a Riopelle, or Bush, or Poppycock - or come to think of it, foreground interest... since the best they can bring themselves to produce is peeling decaying garage wallpaper, or spilled paint...

Their art does not speak for anyone nor represents anything. I have never heard an intelligent discussion in front of a Riopelle. Which is perfectly proper, since there is nothing intelligent on the canvas... Even the artist on his treadmill, gave up long ago, and just numbers his creations... or leaves it untitled for you to figure out what the mess is all about...

Their art has only one message, "I'm worth a lot, a lot more than you can afford. So there!" It's a taunt the idle rich find irresistible.

They have nothing to do with portraying or preserving Canadian heritage or culture.

They say nothing about Canada or Canadians, just illustrated the idle preoccupations of the minds of bored rich people and other dilettantes.

To find meaningful Canadian artists you will have to look below at supremely talented and skilled artists whose work of a century ago can now only rarely be found in chromolithographs.

Go to A Real Artist - Art Hider
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Po nis cha pan ne ka pe Hunts Buffalo - 1906
Orig. chromolithograph - Image Size - 36 x 42
Found - Toronto, ON

The trademark stone pebbling common on chromolithographs is evident here. No screen of dots overlays this picture, because you are looking at the original colour pigment, taken wet, right off the litho stone, not a copy or reproduction made by a photomechanical process. This is the only chromolithograph of this scene you will ever see. All others you will find on museum web sites - they are extremely rare to find even there - will be photomechanically reproduced. Their colour and sharpness will never match this one. And they'll have a grid of dots...

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Of the dozen Bacon prints, produced to celebrate the seeming British victory over the Boers during 1900, for Canadians, this was the print to have.

It's an original chromolithograph showing the irregular dotted colour pattern typical of chromolithography.

Ah! This shows the glory of battle when men fought hand-to-hand, to vanquish the bad guys, though we're not sure which side is which?

Luckily they have the media, to keep them from getting confused... and shooting the wrong person by mistake...

Go to Bacon Battle Prints

Chromolithograph Bacon Print, Dashing Advance of the Canadians at Paardeberg - Feb. 28, 1900
Orig. chromolithograph - Image Size - 56 x 76 cm
Found - Montreal, PQ

Today in Afghanistan hand-to-hand fighting is out.

Unmanned drones from high up, do the dirty work, missiles from hundreds of miles away, bombs from planes, gatling guns from choppers, and artillery pieces that shoot 30 kms.

When soldiers go out, to try to find the enemy, they go isolated in impenetrable boxes of steel, and only come out for photo ops - you know, for the media back home.

Then, zip, back into the tank, and back behind the wire. And let the remote control guys send out the death dealing hardware...

Go to Paardeberg Reconsidered

So the personal courage, it once took to fight wars, is gone... But certainly not the fear, of being blown up by explosives planted by angry local pajamahadeen, while you're riding around the countryside in your armoured vehicle.

But then do Canadians have any more business in Afghanistan, than they did at Paardeberg, in doing what they do?

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The most famous election poster in Canadian history.

What an absolutely fabulous discovery is this most prized poster of John A Macdonald's last election in 1891, still in virtually mint condition.

And its an original print, a chromolithograph, hand printed by a skilled craftsman who personally handled this very piece of paper and carried it from one litho stone to another to apply the various colours. No grid of dots on this eye.

You will not find a big image of this on any Canadian museum web site, because Library and Archives Canada make big bucks selling copies of Canadian heritage pictures back to the people who paid the government to acquire them in the first place.

It's double dipping at its worst, asking Joe Public to pay for it twice to pay for the upkeep of fat civil servants and their mistresses.

Canadian schoolchildren will have to go to Wikipedia to find a small version of this picture to use in their school projects.

Wikipedia also appends a stern note that warns school children in no uncertain terms with dire consequences because

"Library and Archives Canada does not allow free use of its copyrighted works. See Category: Images from Library and Archives Canada."

Wikipedia is also helpful in that is shows children a picture of the building in Ottawa where the double-billing civil servants count their filthy lucre, and to where students are to go to pay their money in order to get a proper size jpeg to use in their school projects.

Go to Great Canadian Heritage Scandal

Canadian Election Poster, Conservative Party - 1891
Orig. poster - Size - 56 x 87 cm
Found - Quebec, PQ

The Toronto Lithographic Co. signed off on this original print.

Any copies you buy from museums will have a grid of dots over top of them since they come from photographic masters, not prints made directly from litho stones like this one was.

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Probably the most famous Canadian chromolithograph, and one of the earliest, is from the Battle of Batoche in 1885, when British General Middleton and the Canadian militia went west to put down a ruckus kicked up the Métis over their land rights, and Indians who were starving.

The close-up shows the chromolithography dots - not the uniform grid of dots resulting when photomechanically reproducing modern colour prints.

You are looking at the original painted surface, not an intermediate photographic print.

Go to Mr. Blatchly

To see the man who made it, and two others in the series:

Chromolithograph, The Capture of Batoche - 1885
Orig. chromolithograph - Image Size - 49 x 63 cm
Found - St. Thomas, ON
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The most famous set of historic chromolithographs ever made were those produced by Vanity Fair, in England, featuring the important men, and a few women, who made the world go round, from 1868 to 1914.

These were printed on litho stones, which produced the characteristic irregular pebbling you can see around Bobs' eye and head.

Bobs - or Lord Roberts to some of you - was the most popular Canadian general in history. (Bobs commanded several thousand Canadian troops in South Africa in 1900, during the Boer War.)

Go to Bobs

He may have been born British, but he was first in the hearts of an entire generation of Canadian soldiers and civilians, who bought thousands of memorabilia items in his honour.

In stunning contrast to Canadian born and bred General Hillier, who imposed the Afghan War on the Canadian Forces, and Canadians, and in turn, had the Afghans impose defeat on him. He will not be honoured with a stunning chromolithograph like this. Hardly. He's the first Canadian general to lose a war, as well as the lives of many of his soldiers.

In stark contrast to Bobs.

Of all the thousands of prints Vanity Fair produced in 45 years, this one of Bobs was, by far, the most popular one ever issued.

Chromolithograph Vanity Fair Print - Bobs - 1900
Go to Canadian Vanity Fair Prints
Orig. chromolitho - Image size - 19 x 31 cm
Found - Pocono Lake, PA
Signed Spy, Pub. Vanity Fair, June 21, 1900, "Bobs"

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But making photomechanical reproductions from photographically intermediate production masters, on high speed printing presses was starting to take over.

The most famous pictorial set of military generals ever produced came out during the Boer War to lionize some 75 of the British Empire's top generals. In fact they were produced the same year as Bobs' Vanity Fair litho.

Col. Lessard commanded a Canadian Mounted Rifles unit in 1900, during Bobs' fabled March to Pretoria.

These prints were sold as singles, and in book form, all provided with generous borders designed to make them easy to frame and hang, in homes, shops, and hotels. Thousands were.

The colours were nice, just don't look too closely. No match for a real chromolithograph. But it was just too expensive to keep producing the quality which chromolithography provided, when making photomechanical repros was faster, cheaper, and produced acceptable results.

Photomechanical Reproduction, Col. FL Lessard - (Celebrities of the Army) 1900
Orig. reproduction - Image Size - 18 x 26 cm
Found - Kitchener, ON

Go to The Celebrities of the Army

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Even though the top Canadian general encouraged his troops by publicly telling them it's OK, to go and "kill people," that in fact, it's their main job, the Canadian media will not show the results of their handiwork in Afghanistan.

Exactly like during the Boer War.

The chromolithograph of the wailing woman and the dead children, a Boer War era comment on the result of the activities of the British and Canadian soldiers in South Africa, was not published in Canada.

It was produced in a French magazine widely circulated in Europe. Copies probably ended up in Quebec, but then Quebeckers already knew what the result of war on women and children was, which was why they opposed Canada's involvement in the first place.

Ultimately some 26,000 Boer women, children, and old men, died in the concentration camps, perhaps 10% of the Boer population.

Only 4,000 Boer fighting men were killed in the war. They surrendered only because they feared a genocidal extermination of their womenfolk and children if they continued to fight.

Certainly no one in Canada wanted to see images like this. It might have turned the English civilian population against the war that the ruling classes promoted so feverishly.

The same is true today. Afghan civilians have died in the tens of thousands, only because of the war that Christian white European NATO troops imposed on their Muslim homeland.

The modern publishing classes in Canada don't publish pictures of the thousands of mangled women and children resulting from NATO assault.

It might make Canadians citizens, who are already angry, outraged in the extreme, and make an immediate recall of the Forces mandatory.

The publishing classes want the war to go on, and on, and on... That's their only game plan...

There is an interesting repeat, of public opinion in Europe during the Boer War, in the Afghan debacle of today. The overwhelming sentiment among European civilians, then and now, was strongly anti-war. Today most European citizens even oppose their own war-mongering governments, whose ruling classes have sent soldiers to kill Muslims.

L'Assiette au Beurre (detail) - Sept. 28, 1901 (A Boer mother protesting British war crimes)
Orig. chromolithograph in magazine - Image Size - 25 x 32 cm, 22 pages
Found - Yorkshire, UK

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The woman's eye, and the dead baby, show the dotting of colour overprinted on to a black and white original outline image.

The chromolithography was not so complex as on sheet music since a magazine is really a throw-away item. Colour was used to get attention, not to keep enduring interest.

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A fabulous chromolithograph of Bobs, from 1900, that graces a cover of some 35 pages of Boer War sheet music.

Below note the magnified eyes of Bobs and Volonel - that's his horse's name. And the colour patterns left behind by printing from various coloured litho stones.

Coloured sheet music was taking the world by storm in the late 1890s. Before that, covers were usually white and black only.

But chromolithography made everyone want colour.

So forget sheet music covers of today, which are all cheap repros. These Boer War era covers are original prints, each individually hand printed by a craftsman.

You're looking at the original colour, on the original print, with no intermediate copying master.

If you found another piece of sheet music like this - you never will - and looked at the eyes on it, the colour pattern would be noticeably different, as the paint on the litho stones had to be replaced and different craftsmen did the pressing differently.

Remember, original prints, are themselves, pieces of original art. There is no exact duplicate in existence.

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Chromolithograph Sheet Music, Roberts Marching Through Pretoria - 1900
Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm
Found - Cumbria, UK

Note how on Bobs' brim the print was slightly askew when placed on the litho stone, and the paint went over. On another print you would not see this, or more of it...

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Transition complete. This colour sheet music cover is not a chromolithograph. It is entirely a photomechanical reproduction.

The entire cover is overlaid with uniform rows of dots like that shown on the horse's eye.

Alas, by 1910, it was no longer profitable to use chromolithographic colour, even though it gave the best colour results, by far.

Which is why collectors kill for these old chromolithographic original prints from the Victorian-Edwardian period.

World War I and II sheet music is all covered with dots.

Repro Sheet Music, Blaze of Glory - 1910

Orig. sheet music - Image Size - 26 x 35 cm
Found - Omaha, NB

Yes it's original from 1910, but it's still not an original "print." It's only an original mechanical reproduction or "repro." No artist or craftsman had a hand in making this dupe.

In fact it is made exactly the same way that "Bateman prints" are made, which show the same dots over everything... And his signature on them is no different, at all, from the Sunday school teacher who wrote her name on this sheet music.

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Clock, The Absent-Minded Beggar (Gentleman in Kharki) - 1900
Spelter clock - Size - 5.5" x 7"
Found - Jarvis, ON
Signed British United Clock Co., Birmingham, England

A Boer War souvenir clock from the small Ontario town of Dunnville.

Kipling celebrated the unsung hero of the Boer War, the ordinary fighting soldier.

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Carnduff as it looked in 1900, the day of the Boer War debate.

Today remote rural areas of Canada are where the majority of people who support the war against the Muslims come from.

And not surprisingly, from where the overwhelming proportion of the 140 dead of the Canadian Forces come from, and are buried: the small remote towns across Canada.

The vast majority of the dead are young uneducated small town boys.

The Canadian Forces are the last place in Canada where you can still get a job with only a grade 10 education. Military recruiters feel that's more than enough when, hey, all you need to do is aim a rifle and shoot somebody...

"We are the Canadian Forces and our job is to be able to kill people."
- Canadian top General Rick Hillier

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A wonderful program that gives insight into public support for Boer War civilian volunteers.

This fabulous flyer hails from the tiny prairie town of Carnduff in a remote part of southern Saskatchewan.

Men being men, and "boys will be boys," meant that when a great military adventure beckoned, everywhere across Canada, they eagerly downed tools and picked up rifles.

When wives protested that the sole breadwinner was basically leaving the family to fend for itself, in his absence, the warriors waved the flag, as in "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." The wives kept silent, and bore the burden.

But the community knew how the family suffered in a state which had no welfare to support the helpless, the poor, and the needy wives of adventure hungry young men.

It has ever been thus, that when the bugles call, and young men, living hum-drum lives, think they see a way out... Some 100,000 young Canadians found a way, in two World Wars - a tombstone overseas...

A fabulous debate, among the songs and recitations in the evening, was: "Resolved that England was justified in interfering in the internal affairs of the Transvaal." And the locals found three leading debaters to argue that England was not...

Interestingly the "Reverend" was on the jingoistic side of the debate, quite the opposite of the case in 2010, when ministers and priests were vocally against General Hillier's "killing adventure" in Afghanistan.

And interestingly too, the most educated man in town, the doctor, was on the "nay" side.

The breakdown was the same in 2006, with the educated, more multi-culturally sensitive urban populations strongly against the race war, and with the more isolated, less educated, rural backwaters across the country - though still a minority of opinion - providing the backbone for the government's unilaterally undemocratic decision to send Canadian killing soldiers to help the American business elites do it to another Muslim country.

The debating points would have been fabulous to hear. Did people get angry? Were there fisticuffs? And who won the debate?

Decidedly more democracy on the prairies in 1900, than in Ottawa in 2006.

The Canadian Government already knew the result of the national debate in 2006, on whether it should interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, by sending shooting troops, and decidedly didn't like the feedback from the public it got.

So the political party running the Government, with the cloying and conniving calumny of their cackling cronies among the publishing classes, got away with refusing to allow Parliament to debate whether Canada should send killing troops to Afghanistan.

The ruling clique just sent them and left Parliament and Canadians to stew in frustration at the draconian and undemocratic unfairness of it all. And the media obligingly provided strident jingoistic calumnists like Rosie diManno and Christie Blatchford to say the war was worth it and noble... and that Muslim society in Afghanistan was beneath contempt and needed urgent rehabilitation by Canadian force of arms...

The program shows immense local participation in the event. And it features "comic" selections, and even ends with a comic piece.

The back features a peom by Rudyard Kipling...

Chromolithograph, Program, Carnduff, SK - 1900

Orig. program - Size - unfolded 18 x 21 cm
Found - Vancouver, BC

Farm boys off on a great adventure - the Strathconas in 1900. Over 300 young Canadians would not have to return to boring jobs on civvy street...

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Another very rare Canadian manufactured piece of sheet music.

Up close the colour is patchy from being printed on a litho stone. And the edges of the letters have tiny bleed tracers into the surrounding white field.

But it also features a photo of the publisher HJ Weiler on the cover.

The photo is a photomechanical reproduction as is apparent by using a loupe on his eye.

In fact many transitional pieces of sheet music combined chromolithography with photomechanical reproduction.

If a photo is part of the cover artwork it will almost always show the grid of dots resulting from photomechanically reproducing it.

Of interest is the dedication to the "Canadian Volunteers." It reminds us that the 6,000 or so troops that Canada sent to the Boer War, were volunteers off civvy street, signed up for a year long contract to help out "Queen and Country" for patriotic reasons. After their year was up they returned to their real jobs as civilians: farmers, clerks, bankers, ranchers, accountants, teachers...

Because all who went were civilian volunteer soldiers, just family members taking time off from their real jobs, and gambling with their lives for the common good, there was a degree of public support for them that is unimaginable today. People universally lionized them, and came in the thousands to see them off, and welcome them on their return.

What a contrast to today's Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan who are full-time professional soldiers who fight for pay as a way to make a living. No one makes sheet music in their honour; no one - besides military families - sees them off; no one welcomes their return...

It's hard for Canadians to get emotionally involved with soldiers whose reasons for serving were publicly expressed by General Rick Hillier:

"We are the Canadian Forces and our job is
to be able to kill people."

Chromolithograph Sheet Music, Remember Our Soldier Boys, 1900
Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm
Found - Ann Arbor, MI

Go to Canadian Sheet Music

Then & Now

In 1899 the English people of Canada were solidly behind the government of Canada when it sent the first contingent ever to fight in an overseas war - and the people showed it.

In 2006, there was no repeat whatsoever of that scene when the government sent troops to Afghanistan. It reflected the reality that they were being sent by the governing business classes to curry favour, for economic reasons, with George Bush's America.

The people did not show up to wave. Indeed, why should they show approval for a military adventure they opposed. So the troops were snuck out of the country, quietly, through the back door, more like a force of mercenaries - which they were, for the governing classes - instead of as an expression of the popular will of the country, which they were not...

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Plate, Lord Roberts & the Boer War Generals - 1900
Orig. plate - Size - 27 cm
Found - Kingston, ON
Countless Canadians bought the most decroative Boer War plate ever produced, celebrating the war and British commander under whom the Canadian troops served.

And Nobody Waved Good-bye - The majority of Canadians have steadfastly opposed the deployment of the shooting troops to fight Muslims, just because the anti-Muslim political and business elites that run Canada, wanted it done for personal or tribal gain.

Hey It Pays Big Bucks - And this despite the best efforts of the publishing classes - and their stable of sickophant scribes - whose job it is to bring the electorate into line behind what their business cronies want support for.

(A kid's street chant in Muslim countries apparently is, "Amanpour, Amanpour, You are such a media whore." We're told, that chanted in Arabic, it still rhymes. The defenders of Christiane, CNN's chief propagandist, say it's just jealousy, that she makes $2,000,000 (two million) a year to fervently represent the pro-Israeli interest cliques against the groups demanding Islamic political and humanitarian rights.

Famed Palestinian freedom fighter, Yasser Arafat, once famously, abruptly, walked away from her, on-camera, because of her bellicose, anti-Muslim hectoring that he found offensive, and racist, especially from one who claims to be an even-handed journalist. Her brand of even-handedness is what earns her her huge kickback in salary.)

And despite the best efforts of their pollsters, who have twisted every which a way, with the questions they ask their respondents, in trying to wring out a majority on paper, that would please their high-paying political clients.

The Big Pay-off NOT - Need one add, that in Canada the media and the pollsters have failed, big-time, to bring the citizens of Canada into line behind their government's policy to join the governments of few, white European Christian NATO countries to carry out a war against non-white Muslims in Afghanistan.

Canadians do not like race wars...

Very much like most of the people of Europe, the vast majority of whom also opposed the war their political elites engineered against the popular will.

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Probably the finest Canadian sheet music chromolithograph ever produced is this Boer War Royal Canadian March.

The colours and the integrated art work are fabulous.

And unlike much period sheet music, which was produced in the UK and the US, this was produced and printed in Canada.

Note the irregular dots of paint around the eye that are typical of any print that claims to be a chromolithograph.

What a fabulous specimen of manhood, of resolute determination to defend home and hearth against invaders threatening his wife and kids.

Except that he was the feared invader and threatened Boer women and children cowering at their hearth...

But they didn't have to cower long...

Canadians burned their houses and barns around them, and then shipped the crying and wailing women on trains to concentration camps, where ultimately some 26,000 starved to death or died of disease.

Chromolithograph Sheet Music, The Royal Canadian March - 1900

Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm
Found - Barrie, ON

Jingoism Then & Now - This music expresses the jingoism of the age, and the views of the English population in Canada at the time. In fact the Canadian Forces went out to attack Boer citizens in their own countries: The Transvaal Republic & The Orange Free State.

Very much like the Canadian Forces are doing today, attacking, and seeking to kill, Afghans of the Taliban persuasion, and their Afghan supporters, in their own country.

But there is a big difference. The Canadian population today, has always been, and continues to be, increasingly, overwhelmingly against their military making war against the Afghans; so much so that the government, against its will, has been forced to order a recall of the Canadian Forces to Canada, or risk a parliamentary defeat.

Following a noble humanitarian tradition, French-Canadians in the overwhelming majority, opposed the Canadian war-mongering during the Boer War, and what the military has been doing in Afghanistan.

An absolutely accurate depiction of how the citizen army of Boer War volunteers looked: wiry, tough, alert, and physically fit.

This is far cry from the modern Canadian army, whose soldiers - say worried critics - have packed on at least an extra 20 to 30 pounds, each, usually around the middle, no thanks to Tim Hortons - General Hillier's favourite charity - opening a transfat outlet on the base at Kandahar.

Research has shown that soldiers spend more time on bar stools there, gorphing Timbits, than chasing the Taliban... which at least, would take off some of that extra weight.

When the Forces are brought back in 2011, expect to see the men and women in uniform to bulk up, to their former, even more prosperous, peacetime dimensions...














And you can guess what will be the legacy of Canada's military adventure in Afghanistan, in the "hearts and minds" of Afghans, for decades to come...

And in the "hearts and minds" of 1.5 billion Muslims around the world... not one of whose countries sent fighting soldiers to join the NATO Coalition of the Willing to do the Killing in Afghanistan...

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Of course the most fabulous chromolithographs are the giant recruiting posters that were produced in World War I.

Many of these huge colour prints were chromolithographs in spite of the fact that much colour printing - especially of sheet music - was being done as photomechanical reproductions.

But check with a loupe to see if you have the typical irregular pebbling you see in Bobs' eye, or if you have a grid of uniform dots over all.




Bobs was long retired, when he was featured as a recruiting magnet when World War I broke out in August, 1914.

He was the most beloved soldier in British and Canadian history, and though old and somewhat infirm, insisted on visiting the theatre of war to consult with the Allied generals.

It cost him his life as he caught a chill and died in France.

Go to Bobs in Afghanistan

The Eyes Have It - If eyes are the window of the soul, compare the humanitarian quotient of two generals, British life-long general Lord Roberts, and Canadian sometime civil service contract general Rick Hillier below.

Chromolithograph Recruiting Poster, WWI - 1914

Orig. linen poster - Size - 54 x 78 cm
Found - New York, NY

The best of the World War I recruiting posters were linen-backed, like this one, to make them more durable after being nailed up in public places to attract passing eyes.

Lord Roberts' autobiography, "Forty-one Years in India," published in 1897, became one of the publishing sensations of the age, selling countless copies in many editions. Anyone who reads it can but marvel - "Here was a man!"

He was inordinately proud that in his successful Afghan campaign of 1880, not a single Afghan woman was violated. Quite a difference from Canadian General Hillier who bragged about the kills he was after. He figured that's what makes a general...

Bobs won the "hearts and minds" and victory, in Afghanistan. General Hillier was the first Canadian general to orchestrate a losing war in Canadian history, and in the process, helping to vilify Canada and Canadians in the eyes of the world, like never before in history.

Lord Roberts of Kandahar - Bobs will forever be know as the only general to win a war against the Talibs of Afghanistan, a field of operations where Canadian and NATO generals, after 8 years of war against the descendants of the same people, are losing big time.

God, who looked down in disgust, joined Allah to make sure of that.

True they have produced tens of thousands of Afghan civilian corpses, so it's not all bad - according to Canada's General Hillier - but they have failed so spectacularly, in winning any of their military objectives they are now reduced to paying off the enemy to let them depart the war zone, and the country they invaded, in some semblance of honoured retreat.

Vietnam All Over Again - Truly it is Canada's and NATO's "Vietnam" retreat, when the same people they swore to exterminate hold the battlefield, tactically and strategically, as well as the reins of political power.

Ransom - And now the white European Christians are forced to buy their freedom from the Muslim Taliban Afghans - or face being bled to death, and even worse, final defeat in the wastes of Afghanistan.

Defeat & Disgrace - Just like Vietnam, another signal from the non-Christian, non-white world, that the racist, military exploitation by white European Christians, of the poorer peoples of the world, has suffered another setback.

The disgrace is not in leaving; the disgrace is having gone in shooting for the basest of reasons, and killing thousands of civilians...

But, triumphs a curiously elated General Hillier, "Don't despair; it's not all bad. Heh, heh, heh...We got an awful lot of scalps. And they're not all women and children..."

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Canada produced its own recruiting posters and this one is probably the very best ever made.

The print is magnificent, huge, and the composition of the action is masterful.

No photomechanical reproduction can match the glowing colours and the range of hues that were possible with chromolithography.

The horse's eye is extremely magnified to show the irregular dots.

The poster shows what we have lost, with the passing of chromolithography and its replacement with more economical photomechanical colour reproduction.

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Chromolithograph Recruiting Poster - 1916
Orig. poster - Size - 69 cm x 1.12 m
Found - Waterloo, ON

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

An absolutely fabulous chromolithograph souvenir from the Coronation of Edward II in 1902.The art nouveau decoration is striking, and made good use of the exquisite range of colours that chromolithography made available.

It is also amazingly huge, and was carefully treasured in a Canadian estate. It probably survived in mint condition because the coronation - and the dinner - never happened as planned. The King got sick and everything was postponed till the fall of 1902.

And this rare historic document was put in a drawer for safe-keeping.

But it too is a hybrid, with the photos of Edward and Alexandra being photomechanical reproductions added to the chromolithography print.

Compare the eye from Edward's photo copy with that of the Moor, which is done in chromolithography.

These two photos show clearly the different types of colour reproduction in competition.

Today even so-called "art prints" are done the same way as Edward's photo, and are covered with a grid of uniform rows of dots.

Chromolithograph Coronation Dinner Invitation - 1902

Orig. card - Size - 25 x 32 cm
Found - Norwood, ON

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

A fabulous and rare booklet, celebrating the 300th birthday of the founding of Canada and Quebec and featuring a fine chromolithograph on the cover.

Champlain's eye shows the technique of how an assembly of colourful dots could bring life to a subject, using paper and paint.

This was a stupendous event, far more extensive a celebration than the embarrassingly weak 400th fete put on in 2008.

Chromolithograph Souvenir Programme - 1908

Orig. program - Size - 15 x 26 cm
Found - Portland, ME

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