Category Archives: history

keep on truckin’

Toronto. Items from the website Fans in a Flashbulb have appeared here before. The site is a blog and like our site, uses WordPress to format the site and add posts. In the about menu item, the site defines itself … Continue reading

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remember Kodachrome?

Toronto. It’s been a decade now since Kodak shut down the Kodachrome film line and nearly nine years since the last Kodachrome processing facility closed. ┬áIn its glory days, people used Kodachrome for their best work. It was contrasty, slow, … Continue reading

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an EXCELlent way to entertain before TV

Toronto. In the 1930s and 40s we had radio, but what could excite home entertainment like the movies? How about a movie projector and some inexpensive commercial films? Many companies made and promoted home movies. One firm was Excel in … Continue reading

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don’t cry over spilt milk

Toronto. In 1957 an Engineer at M.I.T. perfected this image of the corona created by a drop of milk falling on a flat surface. The image, by Dr Harold Edgerton, is one of 100 images chosen by TIME magazine. The … Continue reading

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photos from paradise

Toronto. The AGO was the recipient of a trove of Caribbean history. To quote the AGO, “Spanning 100 years of history and featuring more than 3,500 photographs from the Wider Caribbean Region including Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad, The Montgomery Collection … Continue reading

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a different look at street photography

Toronto. My good friend George Dunbar diligently searches for photographic items on the internet. This time he came up with a doozy. We usually think of street photography in terms of photographers capturing people as they walk along a thoroughfare … Continue reading

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Juno Beach 75 years ago today

Toronto. June 6th, 1944 was a memorable day. The famous D-Day landings took place on the beaches of Normandy. Canada took Juno Beach in a spectacular fashion. Editor Bob Lansdale has made it his challenge to see that the event … Continue reading

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CNE Gooderham Fountain

Toronto. Every year the arrival of the “EX” mid August signifies the end of summer. And the end of the “EX” after labour day with the air show tells us in the city that fall is upon us. This photograph … Continue reading

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when core memory was king

Toronto. When I first joined the Business Information Systems (BIS) section of Bell in 1966, 64,000 bytes of memory was huge. Today, of course that amount is so tiny you could not begin to load a modern day operating system … Continue reading

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where were you 33 years ago?

Toronto. I was living here in Toronto on April 26, 1986 when I heard the ghastly news that a cataclysmic explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant threatened to end life on earth as we knew it. The plant was … Continue reading

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