Sunday, October 29, 2017

Expo 67 - Closed

50 years ago today, Expo 67 closed. The site continued on for a few more years as the Man and His World exhibition, but by the mid-seventies portions of the site were falling into ruin and were being dismantled.

The  American pavilion is one of the few structures left, but it almost didn't survive. In 1976, it was almost destroyed by fire. Today, it's now known as the Montreal Biosphere, and has been turned into an environmental museum. I visited the Expo site in 1979. Here's my two shots of the burnt-out buckyball, before it was repaired. F1060005 F1060015
In late 1978 or early 1979, a small second unit crew went to Montréal and filmed some scenes for the episode "Greetings From Earth" of the original Battlestar Galactica series. While many of the scenes were just establishing shots of a decayed futuristic landscape, series star Dirk Benedict and guest star Bobby Van did travel to Montréal to film a couple of scenes near the ruins of various pavilions. You can see the Man the Provider Pavilion in the background of this scene. By the time of my visit in 1979, Île Notre Dame was closed, and we could see the pavilions across the river being dismantled. I took two last pictures.... F1060008 F1060007


Friday, October 27, 2017

Expo 67 - Dad

Dad didn't take all the family pictures at Expo 67. Here's a shot of him on the site probably taken by mom. IMG_0076

Friday, October 20, 2017

Expo 67 - American Pavilion

The iconic American Pavilion, Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome. Or a Buckyball, if you prefer. This seems to be the only picture dad took of it.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Expo 67 - La Ronde 5

I might be cheating a bit here. These undated photos are the only colour photos of me that Dad took on the Expo grounds -- the La Ronde amusement park area, to be precise -- but I'm wondering if they really were taken during 1967. The grounds and pavilions at Expo 67 continued for a number of years after 1967 as an exhibition entitled Man and His World. I seem to be a year or two older than in the other Expo pictures I've found, so I suspect that these are technically not Expo 67 pictures, but perhaps taken in 1968 or 1969. Of course, the clincher is the hats -- the Montréal Expos didn't start playing until 1969. The franchise was not even awarded until 1968, so this picture must be from 1969, maybe even 1970. Interestingly, these were the only Expo (or Man and His World) pictures on the roll of film. My Dad took his camera, with colour(!) film in it on this particular trip, all the way to the Expo site and only took these two shots. 1967 John Rene Expo 1967 John Rene Expo 2

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Expo 67 - Canadian Pavilion

The iconic Canadian Pavilion, probably the second-most famous pavilion after the giant golf ball that was the American pavilion.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Expo 67 - Fountains

Just what it says. Fountains. I'm thinking this shot was taken from one of the mini-monorails. I remember we were at Expo one evening and were riding one of them out over the water....when it stopped. We were stuck. I'm not sure how long we were stuck over the river. It was probably only minutes, but I recall it seemed liked hours. All's well that ends well, the monorail started up again and we disembarked at the next station.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Expo 67 - La Ronde 4

Clearly, I was born to be a train engineer. Dad took this photo of me tearing down the track at La Ronde. This appears to be the same ride as the one I was on in the August 17 photo I posted. And I'm wearing the same clothes, too. Clearly, it was a favourite of mine. Expo 1967 (6)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Expo 67 - British Pavilion 2

Here's another angle of the British Pavilion as the Expo train zips along beside it. Expo 1967 (7)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Expo 67 - Algerian Pavilion

This photo is starting to convince me that maybe some of my dad's Expo 67 photos weren't taken in 1967 at all. Combing through Dad's negatives can be a frustrating experience. Some are recorded meticulously; others are the proverbial negatives in a box.
 The white building in front is the Algerian pavilion. The green things that look like abstract trees is the Canadian Pulp and Paper Industry Pavilion, standing in front of the green Toblerone-shaped Steel Pavilion. However, our crack research team (me and Google) has found evidence that the Steel Pavilion had signs along its apex that spelled out "STEEL" in 1967, signs that are noticeably absent in this photo. So perhaps some of his pictures, particularly the colour ones, date from the years after 1967, when the site was run as an exhibition called Man and His World. IMG_0383

You can see the STEEL signs above the pavilion in this photo he took in 1967 (and probably taken from a monorail). IMG_0048