#ThrowBackThursday

  • Throwback Thursday: Maps of 17th-Century Newfoundland

    map_1Twenty First Century maps depict an accurate representation of the province of New-foundland. However, it took many years of exploration and the work of many cartographers to reach this outcome. In the 17th-century, the illustrations cartographers developed reflect the his-tory of Newfoundland’s exploration and societal development.

    In “The Seventeenth Century Cartography of Newfoundland”, from the 1971 edition of Cartographica, author Fabian O’Dea examines thirty-five illustra-tions of the chronological manner in which Newfoundland was shown on maps in the 17th-century.

  • Throwback Thursday: Juvenile Delinquent Courts for Disobedient Women

    women_workers_strikeWomen in today’s society may not realize how far women’s rights and independence has progressed over the past century. Working women in the early 1900s were often expected to work low paying jobs, obey parental authority, and contribute to the family income and house-work. However, many acts of rebellion during this time hinted that social reform was beginning in Canada. Montreal in 1918 saw the traditional role of women being challenged. Many working-class girls marked adolescence with an increased sense of independence and sexual experimentation. Families reacted with alarm, outrage, and fear at the rapid societal change. As a result, hundreds of “delinquent” women were brought before Montreal’s Juvenile Delinquent Court. The role of this court was to regulated the social, moral, and sexual lives of the working class.

    To learn more about Montreal’s Juvenile Delinquent Court, check out “The Voluntary Delinquent: Parents, Daughters, and the Montreal Juvenile Delinquents’ Court in 1918” from the Canadian Historical Review. #tbt

  • Century Old Canadian Newspapers

    GleanerHow were Canada’s first newspapers established? The history of journalism in Upper Canada may have begun in the 1820s. The decade of the thirties saw well-established presses emerging, the most important papers being the Niagara Gleaner, the Courier of Upper Canada, the Colonial Advocate, the Canadian Freeman, and the Christian Guardian of York. To the resident of Upper Canada they were the chief means of news and political opinions in the province and keeping them in touch with the outside world.

    J.J Talman’s article, “The Newspapers of Upper Canada a Century Ago”, from the 1938 volume of the Canadian Historical Review shares detailed insight into how these newspapers have become an unequaled source of information on many aspects of Canada’s social, economic, and political life a century ago.

  • Throwback Thursday: The Press of the Past

    printing press fowler henkle 2Ever wondered what publishing literature was like before 2014? It is fascinating to look back and examine how societal views affected the books that were being printed.

    The 19th century was a period of transition from the rationalism of the 18th century to the irrational thought that was emerging. As the security and optimism which characterized the belief in progress in the nineteenth century faded, fear and pessimism and demands for security began to take hold. The 20th century saw the growth and expansion of irrationalism reflected in the interest in psychology, advertising, mass propaganda, totalitarian states and war.

    Read “The English Press in the Nineteenth Century” from the 1946 edition of University of Toronto Quarterly to learn more about the influences that affected the thought of society and subsequently the books being published in the 19th and 20th century.

  • Throwback Thursday: George Bernard Shaw Revisits his Plays

    ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw is revered as a distinguished playwright in the theatre world. Having composed more than 60 plays, Shaw’s reputation is unparalleled. He is the only person in history to be award both the Nobel Prize in Literature as well as an Academy Award.

    However, very few are away that Shaw’s was constantly making changes to his plays. The evolution of his first play, Widowers’ House, displays the improvement and development of Shaw as a playwright that would eventually lead him to be recognized as one of the greats. In “Shaw Improves Shaw” from Modern Drama 6.1 (1963), Bernard F. Dukore sheds a light on the evolution and revisions Shaw made to his plays. He devotes special attention to Charles H. Shattuck’s comparison of the 1893 and 1898 editions of Widowers’ House. Take a look and see George Bernard Shaw’s prodigious growth first-hand!

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