Author Archives: Robert

of cameras and kings

Toronto. Over a century ago, in 1872, “Lewis Carroll” (an amateur photographer, too)  wrote a poem called The Walrus and The Carpenter which includes these lines: “The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes–and … Continue reading

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film and cinema in East Toronto and the Beach

Toronto. Les Jones reminded me that the well known film historian and newspaper columnist Bernie Fletcher will be speaking tonight at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St East, at 7 pm. Anyone who has lived in this city remembers the … Continue reading

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the Noronic disaster of 1949

Toronto. In 1913, the CSL commissioned a new passenger ship, the SS Noronic. The ship was built in Port Arthur, Ontario (now Thunder Bay) at the lakehead (western shore of Lake Superior in Canada). On a fateful day in September … Continue reading

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PHSC News 18-1 for May 2018

Toronto. As we come to the start of this fiscal year, News editor Sonja Pushchak has released the first of this year’s tasty pdf newsletters.  The front page is titled Fit Necessity – replacing the strenuous jobs of over a … Continue reading

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The Taking of Niagara: Photography at the Falls

Toronto. PHSC Meeting, Wed, May 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm In the BURGUNDY ROOM of the Memorial Hall The Taking of Niagara – Dr Tony Bannon “Quite possibly the most photographed site in history, The Falls is a wonder of … Continue reading

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when panoramas were in vogue

Toronto. On July 26th, 1935, someone organized the Canadian Weekly Newspapers Association down at the RCYC for this spectacular group shot on a sunny summer’s day. It was the Association’s 16th annual convention. Three years later in August 1938 they … Continue reading

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FSA outtakes in London England exhibition

  Toronto. We all (well, most of us older folk) remember the fabulous photos commissioned by the Farm Service Agency, now part of the US Department of Agriculture. The iconic shots recorded the impact of the 1930s depression on American farmers. … Continue reading

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Tamio Wakayama 1941 – 2018

Toronto. Canadian photographer Tamio Wakayama, famous for his images of the struggle for human rights in the American South, died March 23, 2018 at home in Vancouver. His legacy and photography was shaped by his family’s poor treatment during WW2 … Continue reading

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American girl in Italy 1951

Toronto. You may recall this photograph or its maker, Ruth Orkin, but do you recall the name of the girl or the circumstances? No? Well, the girl is artist Ninalee (Allen) Craig who died recently at age 90 in Toronto … Continue reading

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documentary photographers: a new twist

Toronto. In March, we were favoured with two delightful and interesting speakers, both photographers; one, long retired and the other still very active. Our second speaker of the evening, who took over the balance of the presentation period, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, is both … Continue reading

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