Category Archives: history

more than one way …

Toronto.. … to skin a cat (sorry cat lovers) was an expression when I was a kid. It meant that a problem often had more than one solution. During the Great War (WW1), a Canadian hospital (McGill hospital) was set … Continue reading

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fit for a Queen …

Toronto. We were all sorry to learn of the death of Queen Elizabeth II recently. Television offered numerous programs about the Queen, her history, and her state funeral. In one program we learned of her favourite past times. I found … Continue reading

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the way we were

Toronto. Photography changed the way we look at the world and ourselves for ever. Today the smartphone bunch knock off stills and videos galore. When photography began, it took skill and patience to ‘create’ a likeness of the scene in … Continue reading

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face of the future

Toronto. Today, with smartphones de rigueur,  we take television and videos for granted. It wasn’t always so. In 1926, the Scottish inventor, John Baird held a demonstration for the media in London, England. Baird demonstrated, “the first workable system of … Continue reading

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jazzing things up …

Toronto. Any of you who also like jazz are familiar with Gene Krupa. In a brief video by the Morgan Library and Museum in New Zealand, Joel Smith, explains why three action portraits of people in the public eye capture … Continue reading

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another thousand …

Toronto. Over a century ago Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) had a strike by the Finnish Lumber Workers in the town. The written word about the strike, the issues, who won, what was won, etc. may be well forgotten, but … Continue reading

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1,000 words …

Toronto. Have you noticed the trend? Our ancestors prided themselves on being able to read and write. As the decades passed, the written word in books, newspapers, magazines, etc. gave way to images in movies, newspapers, magazines, books, TV. In … Continue reading

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a better mouse trap …

Toronto. In this September, 1962 advertisement, Pathé announced its ‘better mouse trap’ – the WEBO-M 16mm reflex movie camera intended for news reel shorts taken in the field. The ad appeared in ‘American Cinematographer’ of that year, placed by the … Continue reading

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one for the road …

Toronto. Even photographers get thirsty. This photograph is the property of the Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Orillia. It was taken c1898 by the H. J. Goetzman Studio and shows the ‘Joe Cook & Co., Dome Road House hotel … Continue reading

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the devil’s in the details

Toronto. George Dunbar writes, “Controversial photo of John Turner, by Globe & Mail photographer Tibor Kolley, was published just before the 1984 election in which Brian Mulroney defeated Turner. “According to Steve Paikin (TVO interview, Sept. 5 2022): Soon after … Continue reading

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