the great leaf forward


Take It, Leaf It: The reality show that is the Toronto Maple Leafs launches a new episode tonight as the team unveils a new logo live on TV. “The Leaf: Blueprint” gets going at 9.30 p.m. EST, broadcasting on TSN 4, Leafs TV and Maple, though what they’re calling “the reveal” won’t actually happen until 10.35 or so, when the players who’ll be wearing the newfangled foliage from here on in will have finished their game against the Boston Bruins.

Or oldfangled. Logo know-it-all Chris Smith of is saying that the redesign borrows from the leafage the team started wearing in 1938 (seen here on Syl Apps’ chest) and with which they happened to win eight Stanley Cups.

No pressure, though.

The Apps image, it’s worth a mention, dates to October of 1939. In the City of Toronto Archives, where the original resides, it’s black-and-white. Vancouver’s Mark Truelove is the man to have colourized it. You can find more of his remarkable work at his Canadian Colour website, here. Follow him on Twitter @CanadianColour.

(Original top image: City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail fonds, Fonds 1266, Item 61223)