I found this in a thrift store just a few years ago. Though I have been to Vancouver, Canada, I've never been to Manitoba. About the only connection I have to Manitoba is liking one of the songs the 60s band The Guess Who sang. So I really had no reason to pick it up, but as happens so often when I'm thrifting I found it so darned unusual to find this in Southern California that I couldn't put it back down!
The porcelain plate celebrates Manitoba's centennial in 1970, having been formed on July 15, 1870. The buffalo is Manitoba's symbol. The plate is edged and decorated with 22K gold, and is proudly marked "100% Canadian" in gold upon the back:
It's rather fun to have this unique plate, but I think that if I ever meet a Manitoban for whom this would have sentimental value I'd be persuaded to part with it!
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