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Written by Michael LeBlanc   
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The Stratford Shakespearean Festival was established in 1953 to help bring vitality back to the small southern Ontario city: once the site of an important rail junction, the city experienced a decline after the rail yards were moved. Since its inception, the annual Festival has attracted world-renowned theatrical names: Tyrone Guthrie was its first Artistic Director, and Alec Guinness spoke the first lines of the first play at the festival. In early 1953, in anticipation of its first season, Eric was invited to Stratford and appointed Promotional Art Director for the Festival Foundation. Eric was responsible for all programs, posters, banners and assorted printed matter in the first six years of the Festival.

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If I am sick the RCAF have plenty of medical attention and a hospital and they don’t allow anyone to be sick long. It is an offence. Frankly I am going to find it difficult to keep nourished properly as there is shortage of vitamin foods here.

-Eric Aldwinckle, on the Canadian forces, 1940