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February 12, 2015
Canada’s First Car on Display in Toronto
OTTAWA, February 12 2015 – One of the treasures of the Canada Science and Technology Museum’s (CSTM) automobile collection will feature among the highlights of the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto from February 13-22.
The 1867 Seth Taylor Steam Carriage – the first self-propelled vehicle made in Canada -- will be featured in the Art and the automobile section of the show, presented by the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Murdoch Mysteries.
The exhibit traces the evolution of artistic form in automobiles from the early days of “horseless carriages” to the golden era of the 1960s, exploring the juxtaposition of cars as common subjects for artists and as works of art themselves, with a spectacular display of both genres – art about automobiles and automobiles as art.
The iconic vehicle, built by watchmaker Henry Seth Taylor of Stanstead, Quebec, was first presented at the Stanstead Fall Fair in in 1867.
The CSTM’s Land and Marine Transportation Curator Sharon Babaian, as well as Archivist David McGee will be on hand at the CIAS to answer visitors’ questions about Canadian automobile art and heritage.
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