Art Deco and the Cocktail’s Influence on an Era

Article by Lindsay Rose-McLean

rt deco is a term applied to a popular aesthetic movement that was prominent in parts of Europe, Britain, and North America between 1910 and 1939. It was introduced on a grand scale in 1925 at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris, France. Close associations with both decorative …

Bank Note Iconography and the Ornaments of Commerce

Canadian Bank of Commerce, $5 and $20

Article by Don McLean


ver the course of the next few years, Canadian paper currency will be changing to Canadian plastic currency as the Royal Canadian Mint introduces the next generation of money, printed on plastic laminar. The change will bring two benefits: an increased lifespan for the notes, and increased security to prevent forgery. The graphics on …

deco in the detail

The Aldred Building

Article by Paul G. Russell

he complex background of forces that lies behind what came to be called Art Deco retrospectively in 1966 is an amalgam of political movements, competing aesthetic theories, painterly avant-gardism and interest in exotic and ancient sources of inspiration. All this led to a major shift in architecture, as in the arts generally, away …