When a Professional was a Professional!

Photographers in Varsity Stadium for the 1956 Grey Cup game. Courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives.

Toronto. Every Canadian knows of the sudden death football game for the Grey Cup. In 1956 – about 60 years ago – a gaggle of professionals gussied up in mainly medium format cameras with attached flash, were in the Varsity stands ready to root for the Eskimos or the Alouettes. [spoiler – Edmonton won for the third time in a row].

In Canadian football, the two finalists may play in a venue not home to either team. Our own news photographer (retired) Bob Lansdale knew some of the denizens shown in this archival photograph.

My thanks to George Dunbar for bringing this City of Toronto Archives print to my attention. The CFL is still around and the best teams from East and West still play the fall classic for the Grey Cup but photographers no longer struggle with massive old cameras and cut films. Instead they, one and all, are adorned with DSLRs and telephoto zooms ready to capture that definitive shot in full colour. Winter coats and hats optional.

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