Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Retro Christmases....Wishing for Simpler Times in North America this Christmas....

Merry Christmas and another year has almost passed and with most of us, we want it gone.  

Here we go again, no excuses, but its been ages since I've had a post here, spending too much time on my personal Facebook page...but that's ok.  

With Covid-19 upon us, it's difficult to get into the swing of anything, albeit old or new.  We have to get over the doldrums and carry on with our lives the best way we know how. 

 OK...Here we go.  This first photo is an annual thing for me for the last 11 years.  I take an old magazine cover and make some "Fake News" ....you know the words as you've heard them before.😂

I always look for a cover with Christmas, winter and old cars.  This was an old POST magazine cover from 1946.


Here in Fort William and Port Arthur, Ontario (now Thunder Bay) we see these wintry days often....well, more often than we want to I think, but snow and Christmas always seem to go hand in hand up here north of Lake Superior.  In fact tonight and tomorrow we are in for a doozer of a storm which will leave us looking a lot worse than in this Christmas season photo which could have been taken from anywhere in the northern snow belt in Canada or the USA.

The next few photos were so typical at Christmas in the 1950's pretty much anywhere in Canada or the USA.  They are just a joy to view....even the two Summer looking Christmas photos from California and Nevada.


I love the type of art that you see in the next picture.  It is a very retro US Tire advertisement showing the Winter months and the need for good snow tires in our cold and slippery winters.

The happy mailman in this photo is just like the guys delivering for Amazon in today's world.

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stops these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds".   While the Post Office has no official motto, the popular belief that it does is a tribute to all postal workers.

Colourful advertising like this was seen in many magazines such as POST or LIFE.  People actually frame them mainly because of their artistic value.

Kids back in the middle of the 20th century always looked forward to Christmas catalogs this time of year such as Simpsons Sears or Eatons or Kresge's or Woolworths.  Here's a cover of one of Woolworth's 5 and dime store catalogs, with a teaser of what the old stores looked like inside.

Our five and dime Woolworth's

Happy Days, always a family favourite, of which I still watch re-runs still gives me joy to see and remember what family life was all about......loving, giving, and enjoying being together.  That's the toughest part this Christmas of Covid-19, as many families are trying to keep each other safe and well.  We are such social beings that we crave the company of our family members, friends and acquaintances.  Better days are coming back...just don't be too impatient.😌

This final picture I made up and edited for my personal Facebook page and wanted to end this post with it here.  

My family's wish to all of you firstly is to remember the reason for the Christmas Season.  Be kind and loving to each other.  Look after your wise elderly family members.  

Myself and my entire family wish a Very Merry Christmas 2020 to you and yours.  Stay safe and well.  Dave


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A Night To Remember......A Special Thank You to all involved this past weekend.

Found by Glenn McKinnon, this is one of my favorite photos taken at the CLE grounds in front of the old grandstand and the old judges stand.

This is very close to the spot on the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds where we held our free 130th anniversary bash this past Sunday, August 2nd 2020 with fabulous live music and a spectacular fireworks display with major sponsors Halfway Motors and others such as Rebel Spirit Band, Private Eyes Band, Pyro Boyz Fireworks, The United Commercial Travelers handling all the parking and security, Tbaytel, Java Hut, The Chronicle Journal and Al's Sewage.

As a member of the committee, myself and all the committee members with the CLE Board of Directors wish to thank all of our sponsors for their incredible support as well as all the volunteers who gave their time to help in any way possible including our kids count accepting donations. We couldn't have done this without all of you and we are so grateful for your participation in the best Covid-19 event held in Thunder Bay this year. We also want to thank all those who came to enjoy this event and honking their horns in appreciation of the bands playing. It will be an evening we will remember forever.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THIS AUGUST 2nd, 2020....rain date Aug. 3rd

MARK AUGUST 2nd ON YOUR CALENDAR......rain date August 3rd

The Canadian Lakehead Exhibition has announced the event of the year for 2020. This is the CLE's 130th Anniversary year and what a crazy year it has been. The CLE wanted to give something back to the public for all the years of support and hold this spectacular get together utilizing all the Covid-19 Rules and Regulations and approved by the Thunder Bay Health Unit. This free admission Celebration is proudly presented by Half-Way Motors, and with the support of other organizations and businesses we are able to hold this historic festivity.
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One final note - Donations in support of Our Kids Count will be gratefully accepted.