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Jim

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  1. I liked the before and after photos of Ile Ste. Helene near the bottom. Sorry the other architectural images are not precise.
  2. 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.
  3. Trouble makers beware!

    Those trees (in the photo) have been pruned. There is virtually no growth and no branches on the lower part of the crowns of these trees. If they had not been pruned, there would be no view at all--especially in this photo.
  4. That photograph's colors are almost surreal. There is someone or something on the roadway near the automobile. And then there are the two streaks of light and what appears to be a vehicle near the truck. It doesn't seem possible that the photo hides every human being. Possibly the shot was taken in the dark hours after the Fair closed for the day. Or it's just another colorful yet sad explanation as to why the Fair didn't come close to its target attendance.
  5. Trouble makers beware!

    Twenty-five years isn't much in the life of a tree. Trees grow at various rates and some top out much shorter than others. I cannot quite tell by the leaves what those trees are but it is evident there has been some pruning at some point. The leaves look somewhat like oak but I'm not certain, but I'd bet they are 1939 trees transplanted there for that fair.
  6. Thank you for your post, Sheri. I loved your words: "When I last inhaled the beauty of Expo 67 was October 2008; it still blew me away." Your post is wonderful. Best, Jim
  7. That was the last summer I was there. Ile Notre Dame was closed and while the Mini Rail ran through it, the surviving structures were empty and in bad shape. Many others had been demolished to make room for the rowing basin. The US pavilion had burned early that summer and was a barren hulk. By the end of 1976, the handwriting was on the wall and taxpayers were growing weary of keeping Man and His World going especially when it became evident that the summer Olympics and the half completed Olympic Stadium were going to burden taxpayers for decades to come.
  8. Another WF Flea Market Find

    I still have my GM Futurama tag from 1965. I haven't found a 1939 Futurama pin, however. It would appear GM made a better souvenir item in 1939.
  9. https://www.kqed.org/news/10593090/the-hazards-of-growing-up-on-treasure-island I found this short video, created by a high school student, which highlights the Naval Station hazards left behind after the military base closed. There are concerns that some portions of the land are radioactive. And there is talk about living on the island but no real acknowledgement of the 1939 World's Fair. It has to be remarkable, if one loves history, to understand what once happened or once existed on the ground where one lives. I hope that it proves to be interesting.
  10. https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/history-through-our-eyes/history-through-our-eyes-sept-7-1976-man-and-his-world The Gazette recently re-printed a September 7, 1976 editorial marking the closure of Man and His World for the season. It appears that the Gazette had a strong feeling that the experiment to keep Expo 67's spirit going forward was not doing well. I hope it is an interesting read.
  11. It's safe to say that nothing at Expo was empty in 1967. PS: I suspect the person posting the vintage photographs might not have been aware of how large La Ronde was during Expo.
  12. Glad you found it, Wayne. It's interesting; especially Parc Maisonneuve.
  13. https://www.mtlblog.com/opinions/canada/qc/montreal/14-photos-of-1960s-montreal-that-show-just-how-much-the-city-has-transformed This is from a blog created by someone who loves Montreal and has an awareness of the role history has played, in good times and bad, in its incredible growth. The 1960s era photographs are compared to Montreal locations today. The comparison of the Montreal skyline during the year of Expo and that skyline today is remarkable. I hope the link works.
  14. Get your tickets right here!

    I don't see much in the way of integrating those booths into the architecture. It was basically just a barn through which the gondolas passed and riders entered or exited a gondola. It was much like something one would find at a large ski resort. I remember standing in line just as these folks are doing.
  15. Friends spending time together

    Really? It rolled over to people and bumped them? How did it know who was about to liter? The thing couldn't possibly have just randomly selected victims. Otherwise it would be bumping into wheel chairs, people with canes, baby carriages and those coming out of the beer gardens at closing time. And I have to think that some irritated soul must have picked it up and tossed it into the St. Lawrence. It strikes me that this is one of those innovations that was never really needed. Sort of like shoe umbrellas, goldfish walkers or kitchen avocado savers. So, how did the thing work?
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