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I love the 1964 pan! Mind if I use it in one of my documents? (with due credit, of course)

Roger

PS: that used to be a beach - I went swinning there a couple of time in the early sixties!

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Was the tower on the UK pavilion some kind of carillon or belfry?

That particular pavilion was always an eye-catcher to me, with the flag displayed up there.

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Thanks Randy,

as a follow-up : the tower was an important part of the pavilion and the symbolism attached to it - it was supposed to symbolize Britain society in transition (unifinished Britain - unfinished tower), this is why the tower is truncated. Here are a couple of preliminary drawings made by Basil Spence, the main architect of the pavilion :

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It's fun to be able to see what could have been and what was!

Roger

PS: a little bit of trivia: When Expo 67 opened in april, all the partipating countries flags were unfurled. When it was Britain's Turn, they played the God Save the Queen then, unfurled the British flag... upside down, which is a universal sign of a ship in distress but thank god the pavilion did not sinkl ;)

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What happened that they did away with the support cables on the bridge towers?

Was the bridge never designed to need them anyway... they were just decorative?

Or did the bridge itself get replaced, but they kept the towers?

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Nice night shots - but I would appreciate it when you use my pictures if you would mention where you got the original images. I imagine other sources would feel the same.

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Great sketches of the design proposals for the pavilion of Great Britain. I loved that building and I still have some of the pamphlets and literature they provided for visitors. The image of the Union Jack (which may be the single most recognizable flag in the world) in three dimensions protruding from the unfinished tower was spectacular. And I knew enough world history as a 14 year old to understand the symbolism of that incomplete tower, Britain was just twenty years beyond WW2 and the Blitz. Churchill had died just two years earlier. One by one, over those twenty years since the War concluded, GB was granting independence for her colonies. The empire was disappearing and the commonwealth was Britain's new link to those liberated former colonies. I think that pavilion was probably my favorite. It certainly inspired my 14 year old command of global issues and that building soared with British pride. I loved it.

I can still vividly recall the huge block letters on the side of the pavilion facing the city of Montreal: Grande Bretagne. I don't know. It made me just feel the pride of British history and achievement. It was the best national pavilion at Expo or at least that's my opinion and I'm sticking with it.

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For Randy's question:

The St-Helene-Notre-Dame section of the bridge was completely rebuilt at the end of the 1980's for the Casino trafic - they took down the Notre-Dame section when they demolished the Man the Provider pavilion and the Expo Express station. Here's what it look like then - a bridge to nowhere :

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Hi Bill, oh, I'm sorry, I didn't realize these were from your collection! I've lost track of where I've gotten them over the years. P.S. I do plan to buy the CD pics you offer, I don't have them.

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Bill: "I would appreciate it when you use my pictures if you would mention where you got the original images. I imagine other sources would feel the same.

I wonder if I used one of your pictures,without mentionning it,on the "Then and now" shots.I always show or mention the name of the author of the original pic,unless I don't know it.If I used one of your pics and didn't mention it,it wasn't intentionnal and I apologize.Over the years,I picked up so many photos of Expo 67 on the internet,that I can't remember where each one comes from.

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Thanks, Gabriel and Nars. It's just sort of frustrating that I actually sell very few CDs to Canada, but the pictures show up in quite a few places as people make copies and pass them around. I've actually been considering not selling any to Canada as a result. I don't make a lot of money on these things, and plow the results into buying more photos to restore. As you may appreciate, it takes a considerable amount of time to get some of them to look good, so seeing them copied all over gets annoying at times.

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Gabriel: "Another pan, this one is also from a video (National Film Board)."

This is quite a coincidence! I used the same opening sequence of the film to create a "Then and now series of pics".It was two years ago.It's nice to see your pan and what I did simultaniously:

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