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Maymont Menagerie

Carved, stork-like figure in Winning the Prairie Gamble exhibitWith real buttons attached to a wooden top coat, metal tabs affixed for coat tails, this creature is the creation of wood carver, Harold Coombs, a farmer for half the year, a scrounger and a sculptor during the long winter months.

Harold John Coombs was born in England in 1883. He immigrated to Saskatchewan, settling west of Maymont where he planted more trees and shrubs than anyone else around. He decorated his farmyard with snakes and alligators hidden in the grass, monkeys and birds perched in the trees.

It is believed that when Imperial Oil Limited used a stork-like figure to advertise its products in the 1950s, Coombs was inspired to carve an imitation.

Photo courtesy Randy Barwick.

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