Friday, May 26, 2017

Expo 67 - Soviet Pavilion - Colourized

I found an online colourizer and ran my dad's Soviet Pavilion photos through it. The results are somewht mixed. But interesting.
Most of my dad's Expo photos were black and white, but some were colour and you'll see some of those soon. But I'll post more colourized versions of his black and whites as we move through the summer.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Expo 67 - Soviet Pavilion 2

Another angle Dad took of the Soviet Pavilion, probably from one of the monorails. You can see just how big a building this was by the size of the people inside. IMG_0047

Friday, May 12, 2017

Expo 67- Soviet Pavilion

My dad's photos of the statue in front of the Soviet Pavilion. I'm photobombing in the first one. IMG_0061 IMG_0060

The two images above are scanned from the negatives. Dad only made a print of the second negative, which scanned below. You can see he cropped it a bit for printing. Expo 1967 (10)

In the background, you can see the American Pavilion, Buckminster Fuller's iconic Geodesic Dome, as well as an elevated monorail track. The Dome is one of the few relics of Expo 67 that still stands, as most of the other pavilions were demolished in the 1980s. My memories of the Soviet Pavilion are not happy ones. I got separated from my parents and spent quite a while wondering around looking for them. One man yelled at me that he wasn't my father and told me to go away. That's when a guard found me just seconds before my parents did.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Expo 67 - Tractors

Last week, we started our Expo 67 retrospective with a view of a large EXPO 67 sign. Clearly, I must have loved hanging around that sign, as here as some of dad's shots of me playing on some tractors that were parked near the sign. They must have chased us off the first tractor, as you can see it being put to use in the second and third photos. Next week, I promise...some slightly less tractory photos! Expo 1967 IMG_0058 IMG_0059

Friday, April 28, 2017

Expo 67

50 years ago today, Expo 67 opened in Montreal. A bus ride, then a quick trip on the spanking new Metro, and my family and myself were enjoying the biggest cultural event in the world that year. I believe this picture actually predates Expo's opening. I have a vague recollection of visiting the site with mom and dad, maybe even in late 1966, to see what there was to see. Turns out, not much. That's me standing in the "O." IMG_0057

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Dad is trying his hand at a close-up. But what exactly has he photographed here?
Turns out it's a 1964 silver dollar commemorating the 1864 Charlottetown and Québec Confederation conferences.


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.