This is Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, and I have a lot for which to be truly grateful. It has taken a last-minute, whirlwind trip to Calgary, in the midst of this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, to attend an auction (Hall's), while scrambling to make airline schedules, find a room, rent a car, etc., but I'm quite elated and very thankful indeed to have been able to acquire what has to be the most important factory 'display sample' canoe model ever to have come before the public, not just in recent years, but perhaps ever (IMHO). Here are some photos of a 50" vertical rib model complete with Ontario Canoe Co. decals on its fore and aft decks, large company name plates along its sides, and all its bits and pieces in very remarkable condition, given that it dates to 1883 - 1892, and likely earlier rather than later. Innovation of a 'vertical rib' canoe was patented by John S Stephenson in the 1870's, just prior to his selling out to Col. J Z Rogers, who then formed the Ontario Canoe Co. That company was later succeeded by Peterborough Canoe Co., following the disastrous fire which destroyed OCC. So, this model is likely unique, given that the vertical rib style did not become very popular. Full-size specimens are highly prized by collectors; this 'sample' is likely one of a kind. I know of only two other 50" OCC sample models, both of which I have sought, unsuccessfully, to acquire over the years; each is of 'wide-board and batten' construction (more commonly seen). Learning of the existence of this historic, vertical rib piece compelled me to make a renewed effort at acquisition. It came home with me earlier today and, while it may seem like bragging to some, I really just wanted to be able to share this rare and outstanding piece of Canadiana with many other canoe fanciers. It represents not only ingenuity in canoe manufacturing, but also qualifies as antique advertising, as well as early, historic watercraft - it is decorative and utilitarian at the same time. And what a superb finish! Can't ask for more. Here are a half-dozen photos, which I shall quickly follow with six more in order to provide a number of views.