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Jim

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  1. A few months ago The News, Buffalo's metropolitan newspaper, provided a selection of "then and now" photographs of the Pan American Exposition https://buffalonews.com/2018/09/06/gallery6469/#image=26 Many years ago, during the Centenary of the Pan, I toured the site. I clearly recall meeting a home owner on Elmwood Parkway directly across from the small memorial marking the site of The Temple of Music. He saw me take a few snapshots of the memoriaL plaque. Very friendly, he explained why that the memorial is misplaced and that the Temple of Music (where McKinley was shot) really should be placed on his property. He said that he has repeatedly measured distances using vintage maps. ,
  2. I found this article documenting the recent changes to Ile Ste Helene. https://archpaper.com/2019/10/former-expo-67-site-massive-renovation-lemay/
  3. Undeveloped film from 1964

    I agree. I often wonder what became of the families, friends and loved ones and why did nobody want those photos. Two thoughts: When the last of my mother's closest friends died about ten years ago, the deceased woman's family sorted through dozens of photograph albums and took snapshots that meant the most to each. All the rest they shared with the families of their mother's friends and allowed us to take any photos that had special memories for us. It was liked discovering a treasure chest of memories. Secondly, when my sister turned 60, I put all of our 1965 NYWF slides onto a dvd and I enlarged two photos which captured my sister and our father together. We lost him just two months after our Fair trip and that loss hurt her very much so those two beautiful snapshots, captured their deep affection half a century later. My sister had not seen those slides in fifty years and she loved discovering them and seeing us with our long departed parents. This may be the best gift I have ever given. The best way to preserve so many photographic memories may just be the good old fashion photograph album. Such albums capture the past even better than a time capsule.
  4. Stegosaurus Sighting

    Great information. Thank you for sharing this with us. You are living in a beautiful part of the world.
  5. Stegosaurus Sighting

    What a great find and many thanks for sharing. Also, I had no idea there was a senior citizen National Park pass. I have to look into that.
  6. Seen at the Berlin pavilion

    A moving tribute to JFK and one of the proudest moments of his brief presidency; I wonder where that memorial is today.
  7. I've seen this before but I'm glad you posted it What a terrible scene and what a loss it was. I sometimes thought that either the city or provincial governments might have considered fully restoring the dome for the 50th anniversary, but that never came to pass. I'm wondering if I can make out a little portion of the Autostade in the upper left. It's a very grainy photo but the stadium stood until later in that decade till it was bulldozed into a parking lot. . I also believe I can discern one of the NYS pavilion towers the lower right corner of the photo. I spent two days at the Montreal summer games just a few weeks after that epic fire.. Following the debacle of Munich in 1972, I don't recall any serious security presence during the Montreal games or in the city or on the crowded Expo Islands. But that was the final time I rode the mini rail. We climbed aboard on Ile Ste. Helene but were allowed to complete the original Expo tour right through the futuristic ghost town of Ile Notre Dame. There was a sadness to the place.
  8. That shot speaks volumes about the popularity of the USA pavilion.
  9. One for our detectives

    I agree. What a shame to cut a tree and display it in a form that amounts to a utility pole. I don't believe this could happen today--at least without a great deal of blow back. MacMilloan Bloedel was a Canadian lumber and paper company which frequently relied on clear cutting of pristine forests on the west coast. The company finally met with serious resistance to such policies in 1993 when it was learned they planned to clear cut forests on Clayoquot Sound near Vancouver. A blockade was created by environmentalists, land owners, indigenous people and others and MacMillan Bloedel put an end to clear cutting practices. Might it have been displayed near the Pulp and Paper Pavilion?
  10. "When time ran out"

    Wow. That thing cracked like an egg.
  11. I agree. It was a cool pavilion. I see the infamous Jane Parker sign way in the background.
  12. Interesting Toy

    That may be the coolest world's fair collectible I've ever seen.
  13. I liked the before and after photos of Ile Ste. Helene near the bottom. Sorry the other architectural images are not precise.
  14. https://www.claudecormier.com/en/projet/parc-jean-drapeau/ I found this interesting photo history of Parc Jean Drapeau, including the most current redesign of Ile Ste. Helene, and would like to share it with other Expo 67 fans.
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