Thursday, February 23, 2017


Fifty-three years ago tonight, The Beatles made their final of their first three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. This appearance was actually pre-recorded two weeks earlier; they were already back home in England when the show was broadcast. They played Twist and Shout, Please Please Me and I Want To Hold Your Hand. And in those days, of course, there were no VCRs or PVRs. There was no taping of tv broadcasts. The only thing you could was tape the audio out of the earphone jack if you had the right equipment, or take pictures of your tv. And fifty-three years ago tonight, that's what my dad was doing, no doubt encouraged by my older sisters. Apparently, there was more than just the thought of having a memento of Beatlemania that prompted my sisters to enlist dad and his camera on this long-ago evening. One sister told me recently that she sold prints at school during the weeks after the show at 25 cents each. And yes, her sales results proved that Paul was the most popular. IMG_0114 IMG_0109 IMG_0112 IMG_0107

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Mystery Place

This shot is a total mystery. I presume dad took it in the late 1960s, but other than that, your guess is as good as mine.


Sunday, December 25, 2016


This is our family Christmas tree circa 1969. This was a magic tree, every so often a small surprise or gift would suddenly appear on the tree, a clear sign that Santa's snitches elves were nearby and continuing in their observational duties. I'm happy to report that many incarnations later, the Christmas tree in our house continues to have this strange magical property. I'm also happy to report that some of the ornaments you see on this tree have survived into the 21st century and continue their yearly service of brightening up our current tree, and our holiday spirit.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

What's Up?

So here's a mystery shot. Presumably a quiet Montréal street, probably the early 1960s. I'm not sure what prompted dad to take this shot, or what attracted him to this location.
Perhaps it was the two people in the tree.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Planes! The Planes!

From a plane-spotting trip to Dorval Airport, here's a row of Air Canada DC-9s ready to go...somewhere.
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The jet in the foreground, fin #740, is almost brand new in this photo, having been delivered in Air Canada in March, 1969. It stayed in service with Air Canada until 1998, then served a south-east Asian airline before being scrapped in 2006.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mystery Girl

Dad took this picture, but it's a complete mystery. Who, when, where? Dunno. IMG_0045

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Then and Now: Dorchester....?

Here's a vintage shot from 1970. The odd thing is that Dad records this picture as being along Dorchester Avenue. However, the next corner is Rue Cheneville, followed by Rue Jeanne Mance, but Dorchester Avenue runs nowhere near Cheneville and Jeanne Mance. It's a puzzler. 1970 looking west on Dorchester Montreal copy
The answer is that the name of this middle part of Dorchester Avenue, which my dad photographed in 1970, was changed in 1987 to Boulevard René Lévesque. The ends of the street maintain the Dorchester name; one end is now Boulevard Dorchester, the other end is Rue Dorchester. Here's the street today. It also appears that Rue Cheneville has been shortened and no longer intersects Boulevard René Lévesque.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fire and Ice on Draper

Putting out fires in the winter can't be any fun. I'm not entirely sure what is on fire here; the smoke seems to be coming from in front of the house. Has a car gone up? Or have the firemen pulled a mattress or a piece of burning furniture into the front yard? What isn't a mystery is where this shot is taken. A hunch and a little Google Map sleuthing leads me to believe that we are in the 4500-block of Draper looking towards Terrebonne. My family lived on Draper in the 50s and I'm pretty sure that the big building in the background is Willingdon School. My sisters both spent their elementary school careers at Willingdon. I started at Willingdon and ended somewhere else, but that is, of course, another story. IMG_0025

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Three For the Price of One

My dad is up to his old tricks with this one, a double-exposure. Or rather a triple exposure. He doesn't quite get it right, as one hand on the right-hand figure can be seen through the dress of the middle figure. IMG_0076

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Then and Now: The Hat

Here's a picture that Dad took of me when I was around a year old. Not the best photo in a technical sense, but still interesting. Especially the hat. It looks like it doesn't fit me, like it's two sizes too big. The interesting thing is.... IMG_0024

...the hat still doesn't fit me. _MG_7592 copy

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Friday, December 25, 2015

1971 Victoria White Christmas

Yes, Virginia, it sometimes snows in Victoria. This is our back yard after the surprise Christmas morning snowstorm of 1971. Victoria rarely gets a white Christmas; the chance of one happening is only about 11%. There wasn't another one for 20 years. The last one was in 2008 when the entire country had a white Christmas. (And technically, the Blizzard of '96, one of the biggest snowfalls in Canadian history, began on Boxing Day, and so doesn't count as a white Christmas.) The bridge in the photo (Admirals Road over Colquitz Creek) was replaced a number of years ago. 1971 Christmas On Colquitz

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Winter Is Coming

My sisters bundle up on a Montreal winter's day, getting ready to try out the backyard skating rink Dad would make for them every winter.
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mystery Place

I have no idea where this is, but I'm going to guess Englishman River Falls. What's your guess? IMG_0008

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Two Mothers

Here's another of my dad's trick shots, showing mom trying to borrow a magazine off mom. I presume it's a double exposure. IMG_0062

Of course, these days, all it takes is a few clicks in Photoshop to do the same thing. room5

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Here's a shot my dad took of mom playing on a dam somewhere. And somewhen. IMG_0019