History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

30 September, 2011

Autumn Tints

Apologies once again for the unforeseen absence... I do promise the triumphant return of this blog very shortly!!

Today, as autumn creeps on (in some halves of the world), let's think of its glories. London Transport, in the early twentieth century, certainly celebrated the beauty of autumn, encouraging you to go out and enjoy it-- by London Transport, of course.  Some wonderful posters, thanks to the London Transport Museum.



Poster by Dora M Batty, 1927. Source



Poster by Walter E. Spradbery, 1924. Source



Poster by Miss Pressland, 1913. Source



Poster by Miss Pressland (apparently she doesn't have a first name), 1913. Source



Poster by Walter E Spradbery, 1934. Source



Edward McKnight Kauffer-- this poster is from 1955, the artwork from an earlier, 1938 poster. Source



Poster by Walter E Spradbery, 1936. Source




Poster by Frank Newbold, 1922. Source



Poster by Leslie R Porter, 1925. Source




Poster by Dora M. Batty, 1926. Source



Poster by Walter E Spradbery, 1936. Source



All right, this isn't vintage at all--1993-- but I was terribly amused to learn this is an issue at all! Source



Poster by Nari Madon, 1964. Source

04 September, 2011

O Canadian Cities


Part two of our historical journey through Canada. After a general tour through the wilderness and small towns, let's stop by a few cities. Some, naturally, are far more quickly recognizable to modern eyes than others-- compare, say, Whitehorse with Halifax. Some of these also weren't actually part of Canada when the photos were taken, but let's not be technical, eh? 

A note-- the absense of Edmonton and Regina in fact has nothing to do with my Calgarian roots-- I couldn't find any appropriate photos!

Again, many thanks to the wonderful Musee McCord Museum.




A street in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, 1901. Source



Main Street in Dawson, Yukon, 1899. Source



Victoria from the cathedral tower, BC, 1897. Source



Vancouver from Fairview, BC, 1904. Source



Calgary from the Elbow River, 1889. Source



Winnipeg, 1887. Source


Main Street, Winnipeg, 1887. Source



Kingston, ON, c. 1915. Source




Yonge St. looking north, Toronto, c. 1890. Source



The original House of Parliament in Ottawa, before it burned down and they built the current one. c. 1878. Source



The 'Breakneck Steps', Quebec City, c. 1870. Looks kinda tough, eh? Source



Little Champlain St., Quebec City, 1916. Source



Quebec City from the Parliament Buildings [I had no idea they had 'Parliament Buildings' until I checked just now], 1908. Source



The lookout, Mount Royal Park, Montreal, 1916. Source







Halifax from the Citadel, 1901. Source



Barrington St. in Halifax, c. 1915. It looks exactly the same today, to an almost uncanny degree. Source





Sydney, Cape Breton, NS. 1910. Source



Charlottetown from Southport, PEI, 1910. Source



View from Signal Hill, St. John's, NFL, 1900. Source

01 September, 2011

Oh, Canada!

Following a request (I do take requests-- if there's anything you'd like to see, do leave a comment and I'll do what I can!) today is the first of a two-part series of my very favourite country in the world, Canada (yes, I'm Canadian, how did you guess?). Today we shall embark on a cross-country tour, coast to coast!

Almost all of these come from the wonderful collections of the Musee McCord Museum, in Montreal. 





A giant cedar tree in Stanley Park, Vancouver BC. Source



Emerald Lake and the Van Horn range, BC, c. 1890. [This is a photochrom, which is somewhere between a photo and a lithograph, not an actual colour photo, by the way]. Source



Mount Stephen House (a CPR hotel), Field, BC, 1909. Source




Bow Falls in Banff, AB, 1890.  Source



The very first incarnation of the Banff Springs Hotel, AB,  1904. Source



Figure skating in Banff, c. 1935. Source



The very first Chateau Lake Louise, AB, 1909. Source



Cascade mountain overlooking the site of the town of Banff... which has taken the place of most of the trees, today. 1890. Source



A native American encampment near Calgary, AB, c. 1925. Source



Grain elevators and a train, Claresholm, south AB, 1919. Source



The station for the town of Indian Head, SK, 1884. Source



Mills and elevators, Portage La Prairie, MB, 1884. Source



A quick jaunt north; ships stuck fast in their winter quarters in Franklin Pierce Bay, Baffin Island, 1875. Source



A man and ship's dog, 1875-76... somewhere up in the Canadian North. Source



Rideau Falls, Ottawa, ON, 1869. Source



Niagara Falls, 1890s. Source



A wonderful Canadian winter... McGill College Avenue, Montreal, QC, 1869. Source



Another nice winter day in Montreal-- St. Cahterine Street this time, and 1901. Source


Tramway crossing construction, 1893, Montreal, QC. Source



Saint John Harbour, NB, c. 1915. Source



Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, NS, c. 1908. Source



Schooners in Glace Bay Harbour, Cape Breton, NS, c. 1914. Source



Rustico Beach, PEI, 1916. Source



Portugal Cove, NL, 1908. Source


Next time, we'll stop by a few cities. Stay tuned. 
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