Origin: CNE Archives
Optimism prevailed in the first year of the Great War
The artwork for the Exhibition’s 1914 Poster was created by the Canadian painter and commercial illustrator Arthur H. Hider (1870-1952).
Hider was born in London, England and moved to Canada when he was two years old. He became an apprentice at a lithographer in Toronto when was was 15 years old. He went on to work at Rolph-Clark-Stone for 60 years. Much of his work consisted of illustrating calendars. His art depicting Robin Hood for the cover of the Robin Hood Flour Cook Book was painted before the 1912 name change, but it continued to be used in promotions for many years. A.H. Hider was also well known for his paintings illustrating the Boer War. In addition to the artwork above, Hider created the images for a number of CNE posters and covers including those for the 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, and 1917 fairs.