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Edith Marion DeBlois collection fo Expo 67 publications and ephemera

Accession 2329

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Edith Marion DeBlois collection fo Expo 67 publications and ephemera (Accession 2329), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Edith Marion DeBlois collection fo Expo 67 publications and ephemera
Dates: 1966-1967
Accession Number: 2329
Creator: DeBlois, Edith Marion, 1920-2000
Extent: 1.6 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: The materials collected by Mrs. DeBlois include a variety of publications and ephemera associated with the 1967 International and Universal Exposition held in Montreal, also known as Expo 67.
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Biographical Note

Edith Marion Gladney was born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1920, the daughter of native Canadian Eva Elizabeth Powis and Englishman Reginald Gladney. She called herself “Babs” as a child, which she modified to “Babbie” in later life. Her parents divorced when in 1933, and her mother later married A. E. D. Tremain of Montreal.

Edith Gladney was very interested in foreign travel as a young girl, but her first opportunity came at the age of nineteen, when she visited the New York World’s Fair. The outbreak of World War II a few months later caused her parents to abandon plans to send her to finishing school in Switzerland, so she took a nursing course and spent most of the war working in a munitions factory as an inspector. In 1945 she married Howard Crawford DeBlois, a wounded veteran of the Royal Engineers and moved to the industrial city of Shawinigan, about 100 miles from Montreal. Howard DeBlois died in 1948, and Edith and their daughter remained in Shawinigan living on his pension.

Edith DeBlois took great interest in Expo ‘67 from the moment it was announced that Montreal would host a world’s fair. For her, it seemed an opportunity to experience the cultures of foreign countries that had been denied her by the war. She purchased a season pass and moved in with a friend in Montreal, and her daughter, who was then at McGill University, would meet her at the fair for concerts. She attended the fair almost daily.

The fair rekindled Mrs. DeBlois’s interest in foreign travel, and thereafter she made frequent trips using economical package tours. She died in 2000.

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Scope and Content

The materials collected by Mrs. DeBlois include a variety of publications and ephemera associated with the 1967 International and Universal Exposition held in Montreal, also known as Expo 67.

The collection includes many of the official guides and maps issued by the fair, as well as specialized pamphlets dealing with particular themes or exhibits. Mrs. DeBlois also compiled a series of scrapbooks documenting her attendance at various exhibits and performances. The scrapbooks contain mostly newspaper clippings on activities at the fair, but also programs, postcards, announcements, a head scarf, and ephemera such as fair-themed napkins, drinking cups and utensils. The collection includes an official “passport” that was issued to ticket holders, that could be stamped by the various foreign pavilions in the manner of a real passport, and “visas” for admission to specific foreign exhibits. Of particular note is a booklet from the Soviet pavilion.

The collection also includes and official guide to the 1939 New York World’s Fair, a brochure on Czechoslovakia from the 1958 world’s fair in Brussels, and a variety of tourist brochures from Mrs. DeBlois’s later travels.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Expo 67
Box
1 Art by Michale Ballantyne
Box
1 Bill Bantey's Expo 67
Box
1 Boutiques by Dusty Vineburg
Box
1 Children by Feenie Ziner
Box
1 A Conspectus of Canada: Centennial Year 1967
Box
1 Films by Jacob Siskind
Box
1 Head scarf
Box
1 Habitat by Moshe Safdie
Box
1 International Exhibition of Photography: The Camera as Witness
Box
3 Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Box
1 Official Guide: Terre des Hommes/Man and His World
Box
1 Official Guide: Expo 67
Box
1 Official Souvenir Map
Box
1 Passport
Box
1 Photos
Box
1 Post Cards
Box
1 Restaurants Review
Box
3 Scrapbooks
Box
4 Scrapbooks
Box
1 Sculpture: International Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture
Box
2 Sculpture by Sam Tata
Box
2 Sketches of Expo 67
Box
2 Souvenir Book
Box
2 Souvenir Map
Box
2 Soviet Union Today, 1917-1967
Box
2 Tourist Map of Montreal Eaton's Department Store
Box
2 26 Weeks at Expo 67 published by Labatt Limited
Box
2 "Visas"
Box
2 Vistavue - 64 Living Color Slides of Expo 67
II. Non-Expo 67 Material
Box
2 Air Canada - Route Guide, 1966
Box
2 Czechoslovakia from 1958 World's Fair, 1958
Box
2 Japan - Tourist Information
Box
2 New York World's Fair, 1939 - Official Guide Book, 1939
Box
2 Pictorial Map of the City of Hamilton, Bermud, undated
Box
2 Pleasure of Ruins by Rose Macaulay - Promotional Brochure
Box
2 Puppetry in Czechoslovakia
Box
2 Queen Elizabeth 2: Premier World Cruise, 1975