|Description: A beige magazine with black lettering and images entitled "Picturesque Canada”. The front cover has the title in an ornate font with the branch of a maple tree with multiple leaves, a black circle with the profile of a man and woman and a decorative border running across the front that has a scroll pattern. Printed on the top proper left hand corner is “Picturesque Series, Vol.1, No. XXI, July 30th, 1894, published weekly, subscription price $12.00 per year”.
History: Lucius O'Brien, the President of the Royal Canadian Academy and co-ordinator for the works of several artists on the illustrations of “Picturesque Canada”, included many of his own works. Due to a scarcity of Canadian artists with suitable experience at the time, O'Brien ended up employing a number of American artists, which did not sit well with some (National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, “Book Illustration by Canadian Painters to 1916”, 2004). One such artist was Thomas Moran, whose artwork “The Rapids of Niagara from Sister Island” painted in 1881, is just one of twelve images of Niagara Falls included in the publication. Although inspired by Grant's travels across Canada, the concept of “Picturesque Canada” has been attributed to the success of its American counterpart, “Picturesque America”, published in 1874 and edited by William Cullen Bryant (Worth B. Stottlemyer Collection, Juniata College Museum of Art, http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/4aa/4aa562.htm).
Mary Fix née McNulty (1896-1972) was born in Ottawa in 1896 to a French/Irish Family. She was educated in Ottawa and Toronto graduating from Osgood School of Law in 1918 and becoming Ottawa’s first woman lawyer. Mary left law and turned her attentions to business where she became a European buyer for a clothing store. In 1931, Mary married virtuoso pianist Alphonse Fix and settled in Toronto Township. Mary entered into politics in Toronto Township in 1953 becoming our first woman politician. She held many positions and was instrumental in guiding the development and growth of our area. She held the position of Reeve for the years 1955, 1957, 1958 and 1961. Mary became Peel County’s first female Warden in 1959.Aside from politics, Mary was interested in many aspect of our community. She was a member of the Victorian Order of Nurses, the Mississauga Library Board, a founding member of the Toronto Township Historical Society (today the Mississauga Heritage Foundation), and helped to create the Bradley Museum. Mary died after surgery to replace her hip for a second time 2 May 1972.