Toys and TV – Finding a Uniquely Canadian Identity in the 1950s and 1960s

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ontario and Canada at Fulford Place with this series of free weekly talks – Constructing our identities – exploring our history and identity! This event is presented as part of MyOntario – A vision over time, a conversation among Ontarians about our experiences, identities, values and aspirations.

The end of the Second World War sparked an era of momentous change around the world, as countries sought to rewrite or reinforce their national identities. Discover the fascinating part that toys and television played in promoting Canadian nationalism and shaping a Canadian identity during this period of transformation.


  • Kendall Garton, PhD (Queen’s University) – “Apocalypse at the Doll Counter”: Barbie, Marjie, and the North American Toy Industry, 1959-67
  • Emily LeDuc, PhD Candidate (Queen’s University) – “A Matter of National Necessity”: Exploring Canadian Cultural Nationalism Through the History of Early Television, 1945-1965

Other talks in this series:

Note: All talks will be presented in English only.


Billiard Room
Fulford Place
287 King Street East
Brockville, Ontario

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