In the early 60′s Canada was deciding what flag should replace the Red Ensign, which was in use since 1868.
Canadian Art Magazine held a contest for Canadian artists to submit designs:
The Canadian Red Ensign, in use in this approximate form from the beginnings of Canada in 1868 (1921-1965)
Close up of the shield used on the Canadian Red Ensign from 1868 to 1921
Canadian Art Magazine, Sept/Oct 1963 Issue No. 87. Rolland Lavoie of Montreal's winning entry in the competition for the design of a new Canadian Flag.
The ad on the back of Canadian Art Magazine featuring the NEW Toronto City Hall, 1963, The International Nickel Company of Canada
James Sanders, Toronto, alternative Canadian Flag design (click on image to enlarge) Canadian Art Magazine September October 1963
Other possible designs for the Canadian Flag (click on image to enlarge) G. Reilly, Dinko Vodanovic, Gerhard Doerrie, Leslie Coppold, Mrs. P Derraugh Kloepfer, John McEachern
It is interesting to note that Ivan Eyre submitted a design for Canada’s new flag. But that’s only because I live in Winnipeg, where Ivan has an entire gallery dedicated to him.
Alternative Canadian Flag designs by; Austin Campbell, Jacques Sneep, Jean McEwen, Arthur H. Dollery, Ivan Eyre, Allan R. Fleming, Ernst Roch (click on image to enlarge)
It is a shame the magazine did not print these in colour;
Alternative Canadian Flag designs by; Rolf Harder, Guido Molinari, James T. Donahue, Carl Dair, John Gallop, Kazuo Nakamura, William Kurelek (click on image to enlarge)