Massive Peace Tower flag headlines Great Canadian Roadshow

Community May 05, 2017 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

With Canada celebrating its 150th birthday this year, Robert and Sue Harper are hoping to shine more light on the creation of the country’s iconic flag.

The couple brought their own massive flag, signed by John Ross Matheson, a critical figure in its design, to Muzeum for the Great Canadian Roadshow. The Harpers’ flag once flew atop the Peace Tower in Ottawa and, the couple say, is the only one signed by Matheson to have occupied that lofty position.

“We’ve owned it since 2013 when a gentleman bought it, realized its sheer enormity and realized he didn’t have a place to put it,” Robert Harper said.

The Harpers were quick to broker a deal to buy the flag themselves and were fitting owners given their work on the Canadian Flag Education Centre (www.canadianflageducationcentre.ca), an organization dedicated to celebrating the Canadian flag and raising awareness as to how it came about.

“George Stanley is credited as the flag’s creator, but that’s not the real story,” Sue Harper said. “It all started with (Lester B.) Pearson during the Suez Crisis. He wanted to send Canadian soldiers there as peacekeepers but was refused because the uniforms had a British insignia.”

The Harpers are looking to sell the flag through the Great Canadian Roadshow to help fund their efforts to bring the story of the flag to light by building a brick and mortar education centre.

The Harpers co-founded the Canadian Flag Education Centre with Tim Ross in Brockville, starting to work on the project in 2010 to celebrate the flag’s 50th anniversary, which took place on Feb. 15, 2015. The centre continues to reach out to interested groups from schools to retirement homes to spread the word of how the distinctive red maple leaf design came to be.

Their own massive flag — the Harpers were hoping to get $50,000 for the item — was one of several pieces of Canadiana and memorabilia at Muzeum for the Great Canadian Roadshow, slated to take place from May 4 through 6.

The event invites people to bring in their own heirlooms and collectibles for appraisal by professional appraisers, with Muzeum owner and Great Canadian Roadshow founder Max Smirnov looking to set the owners up with collectors who will pay top dollar.

“Our goal is always to match people up with the best possible collector for their item,” Smirnov said. “We have a database of collectors and through the Internet, we can take offers on items in real time.”

The road show has helped to sell a wide variety of items, from coins and gems to musical instruments and toys to the truly bizarre.

“We’ve had Marilyn Manson’s hair, a Dutch family death ring which was a small ring with a compartment for poison that would seep out and kill the wearer, even a 300-year-old vampire killing kit which was sold to a self-professed group of vampires from Romania,” Smirnov said.

With Canada’s 150th birthday around the corner, the flag promises to be an anchor item at the sale.

For more information on the event, visit www.greatcanadianroadshow.com.

Massive Peace Tower flag headlines Great Canadian Roadshow

Community May 05, 2017 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

With Canada celebrating its 150th birthday this year, Robert and Sue Harper are hoping to shine more light on the creation of the country’s iconic flag.

The couple brought their own massive flag, signed by John Ross Matheson, a critical figure in its design, to Muzeum for the Great Canadian Roadshow. The Harpers’ flag once flew atop the Peace Tower in Ottawa and, the couple say, is the only one signed by Matheson to have occupied that lofty position.

“We’ve owned it since 2013 when a gentleman bought it, realized its sheer enormity and realized he didn’t have a place to put it,” Robert Harper said.

The Harpers were quick to broker a deal to buy the flag themselves and were fitting owners given their work on the Canadian Flag Education Centre (www.canadianflageducationcentre.ca), an organization dedicated to celebrating the Canadian flag and raising awareness as to how it came about.

“George Stanley is credited as the flag’s creator, but that’s not the real story,” Sue Harper said. “It all started with (Lester B.) Pearson during the Suez Crisis. He wanted to send Canadian soldiers there as peacekeepers but was refused because the uniforms had a British insignia.”

The Harpers are looking to sell the flag through the Great Canadian Roadshow to help fund their efforts to bring the story of the flag to light by building a brick and mortar education centre.

The Harpers co-founded the Canadian Flag Education Centre with Tim Ross in Brockville, starting to work on the project in 2010 to celebrate the flag’s 50th anniversary, which took place on Feb. 15, 2015. The centre continues to reach out to interested groups from schools to retirement homes to spread the word of how the distinctive red maple leaf design came to be.

Their own massive flag — the Harpers were hoping to get $50,000 for the item — was one of several pieces of Canadiana and memorabilia at Muzeum for the Great Canadian Roadshow, slated to take place from May 4 through 6.

The event invites people to bring in their own heirlooms and collectibles for appraisal by professional appraisers, with Muzeum owner and Great Canadian Roadshow founder Max Smirnov looking to set the owners up with collectors who will pay top dollar.

“Our goal is always to match people up with the best possible collector for their item,” Smirnov said. “We have a database of collectors and through the Internet, we can take offers on items in real time.”

The road show has helped to sell a wide variety of items, from coins and gems to musical instruments and toys to the truly bizarre.

“We’ve had Marilyn Manson’s hair, a Dutch family death ring which was a small ring with a compartment for poison that would seep out and kill the wearer, even a 300-year-old vampire killing kit which was sold to a self-professed group of vampires from Romania,” Smirnov said.

With Canada’s 150th birthday around the corner, the flag promises to be an anchor item at the sale.

For more information on the event, visit www.greatcanadianroadshow.com.

Massive Peace Tower flag headlines Great Canadian Roadshow

Community May 05, 2017 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

With Canada celebrating its 150th birthday this year, Robert and Sue Harper are hoping to shine more light on the creation of the country’s iconic flag.

The couple brought their own massive flag, signed by John Ross Matheson, a critical figure in its design, to Muzeum for the Great Canadian Roadshow. The Harpers’ flag once flew atop the Peace Tower in Ottawa and, the couple say, is the only one signed by Matheson to have occupied that lofty position.

“We’ve owned it since 2013 when a gentleman bought it, realized its sheer enormity and realized he didn’t have a place to put it,” Robert Harper said.

The Harpers were quick to broker a deal to buy the flag themselves and were fitting owners given their work on the Canadian Flag Education Centre (www.canadianflageducationcentre.ca), an organization dedicated to celebrating the Canadian flag and raising awareness as to how it came about.

“George Stanley is credited as the flag’s creator, but that’s not the real story,” Sue Harper said. “It all started with (Lester B.) Pearson during the Suez Crisis. He wanted to send Canadian soldiers there as peacekeepers but was refused because the uniforms had a British insignia.”

The Harpers are looking to sell the flag through the Great Canadian Roadshow to help fund their efforts to bring the story of the flag to light by building a brick and mortar education centre.

The Harpers co-founded the Canadian Flag Education Centre with Tim Ross in Brockville, starting to work on the project in 2010 to celebrate the flag’s 50th anniversary, which took place on Feb. 15, 2015. The centre continues to reach out to interested groups from schools to retirement homes to spread the word of how the distinctive red maple leaf design came to be.

Their own massive flag — the Harpers were hoping to get $50,000 for the item — was one of several pieces of Canadiana and memorabilia at Muzeum for the Great Canadian Roadshow, slated to take place from May 4 through 6.

The event invites people to bring in their own heirlooms and collectibles for appraisal by professional appraisers, with Muzeum owner and Great Canadian Roadshow founder Max Smirnov looking to set the owners up with collectors who will pay top dollar.

“Our goal is always to match people up with the best possible collector for their item,” Smirnov said. “We have a database of collectors and through the Internet, we can take offers on items in real time.”

The road show has helped to sell a wide variety of items, from coins and gems to musical instruments and toys to the truly bizarre.

“We’ve had Marilyn Manson’s hair, a Dutch family death ring which was a small ring with a compartment for poison that would seep out and kill the wearer, even a 300-year-old vampire killing kit which was sold to a self-professed group of vampires from Romania,” Smirnov said.

With Canada’s 150th birthday around the corner, the flag promises to be an anchor item at the sale.

For more information on the event, visit www.greatcanadianroadshow.com.