In the early 1900's, Lucy Maud Montgomery was working as an editor for the Halifax Morning Chronicle when she read a newspaper article about a local couple who applied to adopt a boy, but instead was sent a girl. The wheels started turning in Miss Montgomery's head.
In 1905, she wrote a novel about an elderly sister and brother from P.E.I. who apply to adopt a boy, but instead are sent a red-headed, freckle-faced girl with a wild imagination. Most people would assume that her story was immediately snapped up by a Canadian publisher. But this was not the case. After five rejections, Miss Montgomery put her manuscript in a hat box and tucked it away.
"Beyond the Summer Fields" by Ben Stahl circa 1932 courtesy https://americangallery.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/ben-f-stahl-1932/.
In 2008, on the centennial of Anne of Green Gables, Canada Post issued a stamp. The design is based on a painting by Ben Stahl, a resident of Prince Edward Island.