Canada, two Toronto Exhibition advertising pin-back badges 1913 & 1914

$50.00 CAD

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Nice set of two small pin-back badges with advertising for ‘BERRY BROTHERS VARNISHES’ from the iconic Toronto Exhibition. Dating just prior to, and  beginning of, WW1.

1913 badge with red cloth ribbon with Maple Leaf and ‘TORONTO EXHIBITION 1913’.

Printed on paper inside badge:

BASTIAN BROS. CO.  Manufacturers of ribbon, metal, and celluloid novelties ROCHESTER N.Y.’

Some fraying and scuffing on ribbon, Colour faded.

7 cm

1914 badge with celluloid ‘ribbon’ with ‘TORONTO EXHIBITION 1914’ and maple leaf, Union Jack and United Kingdom Royal Irish Harp Of Tara Coat Of Arms.

Celluloid is curled

5 cm


The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada's largest annual community event.  Founded in 1879, as the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, the CNE has enjoyed a distinguished history as a "showcase of the nation".  It was "the place" where people came to experience the latest innovations in technology and commercial products as well as performances by many of the leading artists of the time.

Canada entered the First World War on August 4, 1914. In late September, the CNE grounds were transformed into a vast military training & housing centre known as Exhibition Camp.

Berry Brothers Varnish, Inc. began in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1860, just east of the city of Detroit. Joseph Berry was the first full-time resident of Grosse Pointe, living on 15-acres on Lake Shore Drive.