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Old Canadian Magazines


I thought it would be interesting to make available some issues of old Canadian Magazines as they often contain some great information. As I come across magazines I'll endevour to get hold of some pdf versions and will add them here.  Should you be aware of a publication do feel free to send me their names and I'll see if I can find copies.

The Busy Man's Magazine
Founded in 1905 by Toronto journalist and entrepreneur Lt.-Col. John Bayne Maclean, a 43-year-old trade magazine publisher who purchased an advertising agency's in-house business journal, along with its 5,000-strong subscription base. The Business Magazine, was launched in October of that year as a pocket-sized digest of articles gathered from Canadian, British, and American periodicals. It sold 6,000 copies. Inside its bright blue cover, the fledgling monthly anointed itself, "the Cream of the World's magazines reproduced for Busy People." Its aim, Maclean wrote a year later, was not "merely to entertain but also to inspire its readers." It was renamed The Busy Man's Magazine in December 1905, and began soliciting original manuscripts on varied topics such as immigration, national defence, home life, women's suffrage, as well as fiction. Maclean renamed the magazine after himself in 1911, dropping the previous title as too evocative of a business magazine for what had become a general interest publication.

John Bayne Maclean was born September 26, 1862, Crieff, Canada West, Died September 25, 1950 (aged 87) Toronto, Ontario. Lieutenant Colonel John Bayne Maclean was a Canadian publisher. He founded Maclean's Magazine, the Financial Post and the Maclean Publishing Company, later known as Maclean-Hunter. He was born in Crieff, Ontario (near Guelph). Maclean's father, Andrew Maclean, was a Presbyterian minister in Puslinch Township who had immigrated to Canada from Scotland. Maclean worked as a teacher and financial editor of the Toronto Mail before entering publishing with his brother Hugh Cameron Maclean by founding Canadian Grocer & Storekeeper's Newspaper in 1887. In 1905 he founded The Business Magazine which became "The Busy Man's Magazine" before changing its name to Maclean's Magazine in 1911. He founded the Financial Post in 1907, the Farmer's Magazine in 1910, Mayfair in 1927 and Chatelaine in 1928 building Canada's largest magazine empire. His military rank was earned through service with the Canadian militia, in which he was Commanding Officer of Montreal's Royal Canadian Hussars from 1898 to 1903.

November 1907
May 1908
November 1908
May 1909
November 1909
May 1910
November 1910

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Canadian Archive Reports
Produced by Douglas Brymner

The Canadian Horticulturist
Published by the Fruit Growers Association of Ontario

The Canadian Dry Goods Review
1892
1900
1919

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

The Canadian Magazine of Politics, Science, Art and Literature
From the Ontario Publishing Co. Ltd.

May 1899 to October 1899
May 1906 to October 1906

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Belford's Monthly Magazine
A Magazine of Literature and Arts

Volume 1 (1877)

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

The Canada Farmer
A fortnightly publication on Agriculture, Horticulture and Rural Affairs

Volume 1 (1864)

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Canadian Farmer Year Book
A Complete Reference Library and Handy Book tor the Farmer and Stockman

1916 - 3rd volume

The Canada Lumberman and Wood-Worker
Also Canadian Forrest Industries

25th edition 1905

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Canadian Life and Resources
A Monthly Review of the Developed and Undeveloped Wealth of the Dominion of Canada and of Newfoundland

Volume 2 April 1904
Volume 5 1907
Volume 6 1908
Volume 7 1909
Volume 8 1910
Volume 9 1911

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

The Canadian Law Times

Volume 2 1882
Volume 9 1889
Volume 10 1890
Volume 14 1894
Volume 16 1896

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Canadian Textile Journal
A Monthly Journal devoted to Textile Manufacturing with an up-to-date review of what is going on in the industry, E. S. Bates, Editor

1914
1922

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Farmer's Magazine
A monthly magazine

1913

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

The Dominion Annual Register and Review
For the Sixteenth Year of the Canadian Union 1882 edited by Henry J. Morgan, Keeper of the Records of Canada (1883) (pdf)
For the Nineteenth Year of the Canadian Union 1886 edited by Henry J. Morgan, Keeper of the Records of Canada (1886) (pdf)

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Rose-Belford's Canadian Monthly and National Review
Edited by G. Mercer Adam

Volume 2 - January to June 1879
Volume 5 - July to December 1880

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Canadian Grocer
Only Weekly Grocery Paper Published in Canada.

October 3, 1913

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Canadian Practitioner
Formerly The Canadian Journal of Medical Science

Volume 1  (1876)
Volume 10 (1885)

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Canadian Railway and Marine World

1918
1919

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Canadian Foundryman and Metal Industry News

1917

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Canadian Home Journal

1910

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Canada Gazette

The Canada Gazette is the official newspaper of the Government of Canada. You can learn about new statutes, new and proposed regulations, administrative board decisions and public notices. Find out how government departments, businesses and other Canadian organizations can publish their public notices.

160 year History of the Canadian Gazette
Canada Gazette web site
Prince of Wales Royal Regiment March 6, 1858

Other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

O.A.C. Review
For 72 years, from 1889-1961, this magazine was published annually by and for students of the Ontario Agricultural College. It provides a rich source of historical information about the department and its alumni as well as the social and agricultural history of Ontario. Regular columns from the Ontario Agricultural College and the MacDonald Institute for Women provide ongoing commentary on student life, detailing the academic, athletic and social events of each year. Feature articles address the scientific, social and political issues of the day, through the Great Depression and two World Wars. Photographs, special reports and advertisements enhance the historical richness of this publication. Material for this collection is provided by the University of Guelph Library, Archival & Special Collections, and is available on The Atrium open access institutional repository. 
Volume 1

Another 294 copies can be found on the Internet Archive

The Canadian Nurse
Owned and published Monthly by the Canadian National Association of Trained Nurses

Volume 14 issue 11 November 1918 in which training is featured

Some 200 other issues are available on the Internet Archive

The Canadian Builder
Practical Paper Devoted to all Branches of the Building Trades

Volume 1 Issue 2

Some 43 other issues are available on the Internet Archive

The Canadian Indian
The Canadian Indian appeals, without distinction of race or creed, to every friend of our aborigines. We would like to see the magazine at least doubled in size so as to admit of longer signed articles from experts in Indian ethnology and philology, but its enlargement depends of course on the generosity with which it is supported. The cause, both in its humane and scientific aspects, is a most worthy one, one that merits the support of every true Canadian. Dominion Illustrated.

Note: This seems to have been the only issue as I can find no reference to any additional volumes being available.

Volume 1 October 1890

Canadian Forestry Journal
Volume 15

Another 9 copies can be found on the Internet Archive

Canadian Motor, Tractor and Implement Trade Journal
Volume II (1920)

Do read the story "Rosenheim Buys a Farm" on page 13

Canadian Druggist
Volume 1 (1889)

24 other copies can be found on the Internet Archive

The Canadian Therapeutist and Sanitary Engineer
Incorporating the Canadian Journal of Public Health
Volume 1 issue 6 (June 1910)

Another 26 issues can be downloaded from the Internet Archive


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