I have written about the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) a couple times on my blog, because it truly is one of my most favorite summer events. The CNE is an annual event at the end of summer held in Toronto and with approximately 1.3 million visitors each year, the exhibition is Canada’s largest annual fair and the seventh largest in North America.
Online, the CNE Heritage has an amazing collection of images from its archives and for today’s post I wanted to pull some of my favorites from their collection (1920’s-50’s) and share them with you. Lets begin!
Simpson’s Ad In CNE Programme, 1928
CNE Programme Cover, 1931
Suede Shoe Ad In 1935 CNE Fashion Show Programme. In my personal collection I have this exact show program.
CNE Bandshell & Manufacturers Building, 1948.
CNE Guests, 1927.
This poster celebrates the opening of the new Ontario Government Building (now Liberty Grand) in 1926.
Hollywood Chimp Show, 1937.
1939 CNE Poster-Transportation and Communications Year.
Auto Show, 1936.
RCA Victor Display, 1940.
Safety Quiz, 1948. I think the first part of the quiz should be, “You should always keep your eyes on the road, Yes or No?”
Canadian Women at War!
Fashion of the Day on display in 1940.
Miss Toronto Contest, 1951. Read all about Miss Toronto HERE.
Swimming Sensation, Marilyn Bell in 1954 with Roy Rogers & Dale Evans.
From CNE Heritage:
In 1954, a 16-year old high school student named Marilyn Bell became a sensation when she became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario.
She became an instant celebrity, beloved by fans across Canada.
It all began on September 8th, when three swimmers began a 32 kilometre race from Youngstown, New York to the CNE grounds.
American marathon swimmer Florence Chadwick was the favourite, followed by Canadian swimmer Winnie Roach Leuszler; Marilyn was the underdog.
It became clear early in the race that she was a contender, remaining in the water after her competitors dropped out.
Newspapers covered her every stroke through the cold waves of Lake Ontario. After 21 hours, Marilyn made it ashore to the acclaim of the nation.
The following year, Marilyn was the star of the CNE’s “Canadiana” Grandstand show, sharing the stage with American television host Ed Sullivan.
The highlight of the show was Marilyn diving into a specially designed tank of water on stage.
Pez Anyone? 1954.
Defying Gravity in the Rotor! 1953.
Jimmy Durante and Friends, 1951.
Derby Race, 1950.
Even TV’s Lassie made an appearance in 1955.
Kitchen World with Marie Fraser, 1955.
And that is it for today’s post friends, I really hope you enjoyed this walk down some of the CNE’s past.
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