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The Things We See
Written by Alan Jarvis
Presented by Alan Jarvis
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Producer(s) Marion Dunn
Production location(s) Ottawa
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CBC Television
Original release 2 July (1957-07-02) – 24 September 1957 (1957-09-24)

The Things We See was a Canadian children's television series on the arts which aired on CBC Television in 1957.


Alan Jarvis, the National Gallery of Canada's director, hosted this series which encouraged viewers to examine ordinary objects for certain patterns, featuring items from the National Gallery. The series was named for Jarvis' 1947 book The Things We See - Indoors and Out.

Special postcards were sold to viewers to support the 11th episode's theme on colour, given that the CBC was limited to black-and-white broadcasts at that time.


12 episodes of this half-hour series were broadcast on Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. from 2 July to 24 September 1957.

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