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1 September 2006

The Telephone Pavilion

The Telephone pavilion was located on Île Sainte-Hélène, right next to the pavilion of Iran. It was sponsored by the Canadian telephone companies with the theme of Canada and Communications as it applied to Expo's theme of Man and his World.

The main attraction of the Telephone pavilion was a movie entitled Canada 67, produced by the Walt Disney Company and filmed in state-of-the-art Circle-Vision 360°. The 18-minute film about the wonders of Canada in 1967 was projected on nine screens which surrounded the audience. The sensation of "being there" made it one of Expo's must-see films, and lineups were long...

When the film was over, visitors were invited to sample some novel innovations of the telephone industry:

The Enchanted Forest invited children to sit on toadstools and phone their favorite (Disney) cartoon characters.

The Picturephone Set let visitors use a futuristic Jetsons-like phone to see the person they were calling.

Logic and Memory Games was a fun series of games and quizzes involving telephones.

The Future looked towards innovations in telephone shopping and banking, which were unheard of in 1967. (The exhibit even spoke of call waiting 25 years before it became a household standard...)

photos: (from top) 1-2: expo67.ncf.ca
3-4: FOS productions



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking to Mickey Mouse was one of the most traumatic moments of my life: He HUNG UP on me!!!!!! I was devastated.......


11:45 am  
Blogger Jason Stockl said...

Well, I wonder how many other kids came out of that pavilion scarred for life..


1:03 pm  
Blogger mod*mom said...

this is fascinating.
i have a loaner unit of an hp touchsmart pc with a webcam + it says it has video calling capability, so i'm trying to figure it out. i signed up for msn live messenger + i have to find another "contact" with a webcam + msn live messenger so i can try it out. do you have a webcam?

i'm going to link some of this info for a post i'm doing, coincidentally

3:22 am  
Blogger Duncan said...

Sorry, that was a former attraction. But they were definitely still running it in 1987!

11:41 pm  
Blogger d said...

I remember crying because I could not talk to the 7 dwarfs. My grandmother told me they were out working. They made me talk to Snow White instead.
This is the only thing I remember there. I was several months from turning 4.

6:43 am  

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