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Canadian Sports
Driving, The Saddle
Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.
postally used Dec 21, 1904

Below, reverse of card

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Canadian Sports
Lacrosse
Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.
unused

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Canadian Sports
Lawn Tennis
Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.

Below, reverse of card

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Canadian Sports
Rowing, Yachting
Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.
postally used March 6, 1907

Below, reverse of card

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Canadian Sports
Curling Skating
Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.
unused

Below, detail from front of card.
Note that the printer’s attribution is similar to the early issues of the Canadian Cities Series, although the place for stamp and address on the back of the card suggests this series came later, perhaps about 1900.

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Canadian Sports
Sleigh Driving, Hockey
Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.
unused

Below, reverse of card

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Canadian Sports
Snowshoeing, Tobogganing, Coasting
Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.
postally used Feb 7, 1906

Below, reverse of card

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Printer’s Proofs

Toronto Litho, as did most printers, created a set of proofs for their cards prior to final printing. The proofs are generally quite rare, as they were not intended for sale. You can see extensions of the printer’s crop marks & other markings on the cards.

In this case, some of those proofs have been preserved, as shown below.
While most of the proofs show the final graphics used on the published cards, the “ROWING & YACHTING” card varies from the proof, which was designated “SCULLING & YACHTING”. The change from “SCULLING” to “ROWING” seems to have occurred at the last moment, and the “N” in “ROWING” has been printed in reverse.
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Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.
Canadian Sports Series Proof
Note the lack of series title “Canadian Sports” as well as the lack of printer’s attribution on the proofs. These elements were common to the series, and suggest these proofs were issued to review the card-specific elements.

Cricket, Lawnbowling

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Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.
Canadian Sports Series Proof

Football

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Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.
Canadian Sports Series Proof

Lacrosse

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Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.
Canadian Sports Series Proof

Sculling, Yachting

Note that the final card was issued with “Rowing” rather than “Sculling”

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Toronto Litho Co. Ltd.
Canadian Sports Series Proof

Snowshoeing, Coasting, Tobogganing