“Yesterday They All Went Gathering Maple Leaves” – The National Flag Turns 50

By Lisa Terech, Community Engagement Today, it is so synonymous with Canadian identity – wearing a maple leaf immediately identifies you as a Canadian.  It flies from sea to sea on flag poles, from masts, even on the sides of cars, and it has been sewn, adorned, and even tattooed.  It flies proudly in celebration, … Continue reading ““Yesterday They All Went Gathering Maple Leaves” – The National Flag Turns 50”

The Moustache Cup: Protecting ‘staches before it was cool

By Helaina, Co-op Student Are you tired of getting your moustache wet when you drink tea? Is the moustache wax melting off into your cup? Fret no more because the Moustache Cup is here! In the mid-1860s, Mr. Harvey Adams of Britain noticed a certain problem floating around the area. Men were having difficulty drinking … Continue reading “The Moustache Cup: Protecting ‘staches before it was cool”

The Month That Was – January 1922

An Epochal Event in Ontario’s history January 3, 1922 Ontario has reason to feel justly proud, when on Wednesday last, the first great generator of the Chippewa canal instillation responded to the water power released by the combined effort of Primer Drury and Miss Marion Beck. It was an even prouder moment for the fearless … Continue reading “The Month That Was – January 1922”

From Exploding Cigars to Whoopie Cushions! Novelty Items

By: Melissa Cole, Oshawa Community Museum Curator So what does a Joy Buzzer, Whoopee Cushion, chattering teeth and the old “fly in the ice cube” have in common……they are novelty items.  Throughout history people have loved to play practical jokes on each other.  From one of the earliest being the exploding cigar to the Whoopee … Continue reading “From Exploding Cigars to Whoopie Cushions! Novelty Items”