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8 February 2009

Expo 67, Through Rose-Colored Glasses

A view of Canada's Katimavik and Ontario's groovy acrylic roof.

My good friend (and fellow Expo 67 aficionado) DC Hillier has drawn my attention to a stunning collection of Expo images.

In 2008, Google announced that it would host an archive of Life magazine's photographs, as part of a joint effort with the 126 year-old publication. The archive contains millions of searchable images, many of which were never previously published.

My favorite shots from the "Expo 67" search results are the ones that have discolored to pink... an aging deterioration specific to slide photography.

The Montreal skyline with Habitat 67 in the foreground.

A small foot bridge in the park located in the south west tip of Île Notre Dame.

Inside Man in the Community's conical roof.

The interior of the Cuban pavilion, a display that was anything but "rosy"!

Left to right: pavilions of Australia, Ethiopia, U.S.A. and India.

The U.S. pavilion's ever-popular space exhibit.

A stunning detail shot of the cable system used for Germany's massive tent.

The interior of the imposing U.S.S.R. pavilion.

The Minirail winding its way around Ontario.

A scuplture in the Île-Notre Dame park.

Left to right: Ontario, Quebec, France, Great Britain and Germany.

The Expo-Express tracks circled around the pavilion of Germany.

The cable car system at La Ronde, known as the Sky Ride.

Another view of the Sky Ride and La Ronde.

images: Life magazine online archive

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice pictures. But sadly some slides are inverted for the proserity.

5:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if these can be colour-corrected. They are valuable pictures.

8:55 pm  
Blogger Jason Stockl said...

Inverted slides are not a problem to fix. A simple flip in Photoshop would do the trick.

Color correction, on the other hand, may prove to be tricky. Plus, I actually like the pink effect... :-)

5:42 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post Jason :)

For those who wanted to know if these can be colour corrected - the answer is yes, a few simple moves in photoshop and you get this:

http://www.dchillier.com/nopink.jpg

With a little more time they can be brought back to their original state.

DC

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1:29 pm  
Blogger Jason Stockl said...

I actually like the pink...!

5:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The replica from the Jacques Cartier boat "La grande hermine" shown in the La ronde picture stood in the Cartier-Brébeuf park in Quebec city until the 90's.It was destroyed due to the lack of maintenance.

8:59 pm  
Anonymous Irene said...

Wow! They had cable cars at LaRonde back in those days? I think they still had them in the early 90s, I saw them in my chidhood pics.

Love your blog!

2:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! They had cable cars at LaRonde back in those days? I think they still had them in the early 90s, I saw them in my chidhood pics.

Love your blog!

2:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for trip down memory lane. This was an outstanding vacation my family took that decade. A really wonderful experience.

8:08 pm  

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