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Hudson’s Bay Company Bicycle Club in front of the Upper Fort Garry Gate, 1898. | Hudson’s Bay Company Archives | #HBCA #vintagephotos #bicycle
Hudson’s Bay Company Bicycle Club in front of the Upper Fort Garry Gate, 1898. | Hudson’s Bay Company Archives | #HBCA  #vintagephotos  #bicycle 
Starting in 1964, HBC introduced the U-Paddle Canoe Rental Service, mostly in Northern Canada.  It provided interested HBC customers an opportunity to rent a 17’ aluminum Grumman canoe, ash paddles and carrying yoke at the bargain rate of $25 a week. U-Paddle clients could pick up a canoe at various points and then drop it off at another. | Pictured is one of the five U-Paddle designs introduced in 1977. | HBC Corporate Collection | #canoe #vintagephoto
Starting in 1964, HBC introduced the U-Paddle Canoe Rental Service, mostly in Northern Canada. It provided interested HBC customers an opportunity to rent a 17’ aluminum Grumman canoe, ash paddles and carrying yoke at the bargain rate of $25 a week. U-Paddle clients could pick up a canoe at various points and then drop it off at another. | Pictured is one of the five U-Paddle designs introduced in 1977. | HBC Corporate Collection | #canoe  #vintagephoto 
The Bay at Yonge & Bloor in Toronto, ca. 1980s | HBC Corporate Collection | #vintagephoto #TheBay #1980s
A shopper tries on various pairs of sunglasses at the HBC store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, ca. 1960s | Hudson’s Bay Company Archives | #HBCA #summer #sunglasses #Saskatoon
A shopper tries on various pairs of sunglasses at the HBC store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, ca. 1960s | Hudson’s Bay Company Archives | #HBCA  #summer  #sunglasses  #Saskatoon 
Happy Canada Day from HBC Heritage! |Simpsons Queen Street store decorated with Canadian and Ontario flags, 1979 |#HBCCorporateCollection #CanadaDay
A joyful man and a prolific carver, renowned Inuit artist Akeeaktashuk had a talent for storytelling through art and often created his masterpieces with ivory, stone, or other natural materials.  As shown here in the sculpture of the Windblown Woman, ca. 1900s, Akeeaktashuk’s artwork often gives us a glimpse into the amusing situations that occur in the lives of humans, birds and animals. | Hudson’s Bay Company Archives |#HBCArchives #IndigenousHistoryMonth #InuitArt #Inuit
A joyful man and a prolific carver, renowned Inuit artist Akeeaktashuk had a talent for storytelling through art and often created his masterpieces with ivory, stone, or other natural materials. As shown here in the sculpture of the Windblown Woman, ca. 1900s, Akeeaktashuk’s artwork often gives us a glimpse into the amusing situations that occur in the lives of humans, birds and animals. | Hudson’s Bay Company Archives |#HBCArchives  #IndigenousHistoryMonth  #InuitArt  #Inuit 
Don Ningewance, a self-trained Ojibway artist from Lac Seul, Ontario.  Don started painting at the age of ten and by the age of 35 was recognized as a artist throughout Northwestern Ontario. Don is primarily a realist artist and often paints wilderness scenes, portraits, and the stories of his people.  The Portrait of Maurice Thomas is a painting of Don’s father-in-law. | Portrait of Maurice Thomas, acrylic on canvas |#HBCCorporateCollection #NationalIndigenousHistoryMonth #Anishinaabe #Ojibwa #art
Don Ningewance, a self-trained Ojibway artist from Lac Seul, Ontario. Don started painting at the age of ten and by the age of 35 was recognized as a artist throughout Northwestern Ontario. Don is primarily a realist artist and often paints wilderness scenes, portraits, and the stories of his people. The Portrait of Maurice Thomas is a painting of Don’s father-in-law. | Portrait of Maurice Thomas, acrylic on canvas |#HBCCorporateCollection  #NationalIndigenousHistoryMonth  #Anishinaabe  #Ojibwa  #art 
It’s National Indigenous Peoples Day! Today, take a moment with us to admire these two prints.  Inspired by artists Jackson Beady and Benjamin Chee Chee, Ojibway artist Clemence Wescoupe started his career painting in the Woodland style until he developed his own stylized lines, forms and use of vibrant colours.  Clemence created beautiful prints that tell spiritual and allegorical stories of his culture. (1) A stylized bird with blue detail and blue circle, ca. late 1900s (2) Main Sacrament Peyote Spirit, 1982 |#HBCCorporateCollection #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay #Anishinaabe #Ojibwa #art #1970
It’s National Indigenous Peoples Day! Today, take a moment with us to admire these two prints. Inspired by artists Jackson Beady and Benjamin Chee Chee, Ojibway artist Clemence Wescoupe started his career painting in the Woodland style until he developed his own stylized lines, forms and use of vibrant colours. Clemence created beautiful prints that tell spiritual and allegorical stories of his culture. (1) A stylized bird with blue detail and blue circle, ca. late 1900s (2) Main Sacrament Peyote Spirit, 1982 |#HBCCorporateCollection  #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay  #Anishinaabe  #Ojibwa  #art  #1970 
Happy Father’s Day! | Zellers Father’s day banner ca. 1960s. |#HBCCorporateCollection #Zellers #FathersDay
Our Clothing of Yesterday by Ida Karpik /Thomasie Alikatuktuk, 1978, 2/50, Pangnirtung. |  Ida Karpik, one of Pangnirtung’s original print artists, produced work for 28 years, from 1974 until her passing in 2002.  Our Clothing of Yesterday was purchased by in 1978 by HBC’s in-house magazine, The Beaver now @CanadasHistory, and was subsequently used as the cover illustration on the Summer 1978 issue. |#HBCCorporateCollection #InuitArt #NationalIndigenousHistoryMonth #stencil #Pangnirtung
Our Clothing of Yesterday by Ida Karpik /Thomasie Alikatuktuk, 1978, 2/50, Pangnirtung. | Ida Karpik, one of Pangnirtung’s original print artists, produced work for 28 years, from 1974 until her passing in 2002. Our Clothing of Yesterday was purchased by in 1978 by HBC’s in-house magazine, The Beaver now @CanadasHistory, and was subsequently used as the cover illustration on the Summer 1978 issue. |#HBCCorporateCollection  #InuitArt  #NationalIndigenousHistoryMonth  #stencil  #Pangnirtung 
The Beaver magazine began as an HBC company newsletter distributed four times a year to HBC employees. Launched in 1920, the newsletter was created in celebration of HBC’s 250th anniversary.  The newsletter contained information about HBC policies and company adventures.  It gained so much popularity among employees and their families that it was later made available to non-HBC employees for an annual fee of $1.00.  In 2010, The Beaver was renamed @canadashistory | Front cover of the inaugural issue The Beaver Magazine, October 1920 | Hudson’s Bay Company Archives | #HBCArchives #HudsonsBayCompany #magazine #Canada
The Beaver magazine began as an HBC company newsletter distributed four times a year to HBC employees. Launched in 1920, the newsletter was created in celebration of HBC’s 250th anniversary. The newsletter contained information about HBC policies and company adventures. It gained so much popularity among employees and their families that it was later made available to non-HBC employees for an annual fee of $1.00. In 2010, The Beaver was renamed @canadashistory | Front cover of the inaugural issue The Beaver Magazine, October 1920 | Hudson’s Bay Company Archives | #HBCArchives  #HudsonsBayCompany  #magazine  #Canada 
Today we share an intricate soapstone carving of a female figure carrying a child on her back, titled Mother and Child by artist Luke Hallauk. Luke and his wife Joy were accomplished artists in their own right, and both enjoyed creating mother-and-child-themed artwork.| Mother and Child, ca. 1900s|#HBCCorporateCollection #HudsonsBayCompany #InuitArt #soapstonecarving
Today we share an intricate soapstone carving of a female figure carrying a child on her back, titled Mother and Child by artist Luke Hallauk. Luke and his wife Joy were accomplished artists in their own right, and both enjoyed creating mother-and-child-themed artwork.| Mother and Child, ca. 1900s|#HBCCorporateCollection  #HudsonsBayCompany  #InuitArt  #soapstonecarving 
Congratulations to the royal newlyweds!  HBC has a tradition of celebrating royal news: during the 1930s, HBC introduced the ‘Imperial Tones’ Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket collection.  These special edition blankets were issued to mark the coronation of King George VI with a Coronation Blue series in 1937 and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II with a Highland Heather series in 1953. | (1) Coronation Blue blanket in royal blue with a scarlet stripe (2) Highland Heather blanket in royal purple and white. |#HBCCorporateCollection #HudsonsBay #pointblanket #coronation  #RoyalWedding
Congratulations to the royal newlyweds!  HBC has a tradition of celebrating royal news: during the 1930s, HBC introduced the ‘Imperial Tones’ Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket collection.  These special edition blankets were issued to mark the coronation of King George VI with a Coronation Blue series in 1937 and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II with a Highland Heather series in 1953. | (1) Coronation Blue blanket in royal blue with a scarlet stripe (2) Highland Heather blanket in royal purple and white. |#HBCCorporateCollection  #HudsonsBay  #pointblanket  #coronation   #RoyalWedding 
Happy 348th birthday HBC! #Onthisday King Charles II granted a Royal Charter to “the Governor and Company of Adventures of England Trading into Hudson Bay.” Today we celebrate by sharing a selection of iconic HBC images and items from the HBC Corporate Collection and the Hudson's Bay Company Archives (HBCA). | (1) Page one detail of the HBC Royal Charter (2) HBC Vancouver Store on Cordova Street, ca. 1887 #HBCArchives (3) Graphic multistripe point blanket box, mid-20th century (4) Robert Simpson Company's  Queen Street store, ca. 1908-1912. Now home to @HudsonsBay and Saks Fifth Avenue Canada. | #HBCCorporateCollection #HBC #HudsonsBayCompany #HudsonsBay #OTD #birthday #anniversary #vintagephoto
Happy 348th birthday HBC! #Onthisday  King Charles II granted a Royal Charter to “the Governor and Company of Adventures of England Trading into Hudson Bay.” Today we celebrate by sharing a selection of iconic HBC images and items from the HBC Corporate Collection and the Hudson's Bay Company Archives (HBCA). | (1) Page one detail of the HBC Royal Charter (2) HBC Vancouver Store on Cordova Street, ca. 1887 #HBCArchives  (3) Graphic multistripe point blanket box, mid-20th century (4) Robert Simpson Company's Queen Street store, ca. 1908-1912. Now home to @HudsonsBay and Saks Fifth Avenue Canada. | #HBCCorporateCollection  #HBC  #HudsonsBayCompany  #HudsonsBay  #OTD  #birthday  #anniversary  #vintagephoto 
We love the dreamy lighting captured in this photograph of the Simpsons Montreal - Fairview-Pointe Claire store, 1972. | This store held its grand opening in August, 1965. Thirteen years later, HBC acquired the Simpsons retail chain and, as a larger restructuring and branding plan, eventually converted this location to ‘The Bay’ banner in 1989. | #HBCCorporateCollection #HudsonsBayCompany #HudsonsBay #HBC #retailhistory #Simpsons #RobertSimpsonCompany #departmentstore #Montreal #Quebec #vintagephoto #1970s
We love the dreamy lighting captured in this photograph of the Simpsons Montreal - Fairview-Pointe Claire store, 1972. | This store held its grand opening in August, 1965. Thirteen years later, HBC acquired the Simpsons retail chain and, as a larger restructuring and branding plan, eventually converted this location to ‘The Bay’ banner in 1989. | #HBCCorporateCollection  #HudsonsBayCompany  #HudsonsBay  #HBC  #retailhistory  #Simpsons  #RobertSimpsonCompany  #departmentstore  #Montreal  #Quebec  #vintagephoto  #1970s 
Next week on May 2, Hudson’s Bay Company will celebrate 348 years since its founding on May 2, 1670. | Pictured here, two Winnipeg HBC store associates review copy and design for retail sales flyers being produced to celebrate  HBC’s 299th anniversary in 1969. | Hudson’s Bay Company Archives | #HBCArchives #HudsonsBayCompany  #HudsonsBay #HBC #anniversary #Winnipeg #YWG #retialhistory #vintagephoto #FBF #1960s #1960sfashion
Narwhal by Pitseolak Qimirpik, 1984 | Today we are admiring this green soapstone sculpture with ivory detail by #Iqaluit (ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ) artist Pitseolak (Pitsiula) Qimirpik. The sculpture is of a #narwhal, an animal which lives year round in Canada’s Arctic. Inuit #folklore tells an origin story of the narwhal’s tusk in which a woman, who was persuaded by her son to tie the end of a harpoon rope around her waist, was dragged into the ocean after the harpoon struck a large narwhal. Once under water the woman was transformed into a narwhal herself and formed a tusk from her hair what had become twisted with the rope. | #HBCCorporateCollection #HudsonsBayCompany #HudsonsBay #HBC #Inuit #InuitArt #arctic #soapstone #narwhal
Narwhal by Pitseolak Qimirpik, 1984 | Today we are admiring this green soapstone sculpture with ivory detail by #Iqaluit  (ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ) artist Pitseolak (Pitsiula) Qimirpik. The sculpture is of a #narwhal , an animal which lives year round in Canada’s Arctic. Inuit #folklore  tells an origin story of the narwhal’s tusk in which a woman, who was persuaded by her son to tie the end of a harpoon rope around her waist, was dragged into the ocean after the harpoon struck a large narwhal. Once under water the woman was transformed into a narwhal herself and formed a tusk from her hair what had become twisted with the rope. | #HBCCorporateCollection  #HudsonsBayCompany  #HudsonsBay  #HBC  #Inuit  #InuitArt  #arctic  #soapstone  #narwhal 
“Ex-librīs Hudson’s Bay Company” | This decorative HBC bookplate was originally affixed to the inside cover of books that were part of Hudson’s Bay House Library in Winnipeg. The library was established in 1920 to support various HBC programs and was eventually opened to the public. It closed in 1985 and the following year the contents of the collection were transferred to Hudson’s Bay Company Archives. | #HBCCorporateCollection  #HudsonsBayCompany #HudsonsBay #HBCArchives #retailhistory #bookplate #books #book  #exlibris #library #read
“Ex-librīs Hudson’s Bay Company” | This decorative HBC bookplate was originally affixed to the inside cover of books that were part of Hudson’s Bay House Library in Winnipeg. The library was established in 1920 to support various HBC programs and was eventually opened to the public. It closed in 1985 and the following year the contents of the collection were transferred to Hudson’s Bay Company Archives. | #HBCCorporateCollection  #HudsonsBayCompany  #HudsonsBay  #HBCArchives  #retailhistory  #bookplate  #books  #book  #exlibris  #library  #read