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a land far, far, away …

Toronto. Star Wars, anyone? It was exciting news last Thursday when the rover Perseverance landed on Mars as planned. Both my wife and I watched the event on television that afternoon. One of the first things the rover did was … Continue reading

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you think you have it tough ….

. This photograph was taken in Appalachia way back in 1914 by William Barnhill. It shows impoverished women forced to be household drudges and field hands, aging to old hags within a few short years of the heavy labour. To … Continue reading

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do-si-do and allemande left …

Toronto. .. familiar words to square dancers everywhere, but did you know a special version of a “bicycle” for two in the early days was the dos-a-dos or back-to-back tricycle (photo is c1880). Member and cycling expert Lorne Shields showed … Continue reading

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spot on

Toronto. One big difference between amateur photographs, and those made by professionals and advanced amateurs, was illumination. Indoors, the professional went to great lengths to illuminate his subject bringing out the nuances of its very existence whether a human, an … Continue reading

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arcades a century ago

Toronto. Arcades were the malls of yesteryear. Here in the big smoke I remember the Colonade on Bloor and the Arcade near the bottom of Yonge on the east side. This photo is the Arcade in Cleveland c 1901. It … Continue reading

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another high flyer

Toronto. American photographer and LIFE photographer, Margaret Bourke-White was very popular mid last century. I wrote a post on her back in March 18, 2019 of last year. This photo (at left) shows her high above NYC using a press … Continue reading

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taking a bite in the big apple

Toronto. This photo was taken in 1932 by an unknown photographer,  It shows a bunch of skyscraper workers sitting out in space along a girder as they eat lunch high above NYC at a time when many skyscrapers were being … Continue reading

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Bill’s World

Toronto. In 1995, McClelland & Stewart, Inc (then a famous Canadian Publishing House) published a Canadian edition of “The World of William Notman” written by Hall, Dodds and Triggs. The lavish book had a history of the Notman Studios and a … Continue reading

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

Toronto. When I think of Cartier-Bresson, two things come to mind: His Leica and his photograph “Decisive Moment” showing a man leaping over puddles as he runs to work. You can hear Henri discuss this and other well known photographs … Continue reading

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boxed in for Guinness

Toronto. 1959 was a simpler time. No personal computers or smartphones. The head of IBM famously said a few years earlier that there was room for about 100 computers in the world since the massively slow and puny brutes were … Continue reading

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