Category Archives: historical

Brown Tan Black

Brown, tan, and black colors on plaster bust found in Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral depicting perhaps Jesus Christ or Saint John the Baptist.

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Brown, tan, and black are colors obvious on plaster bust found in Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral depicting religious figure perhaps that of Jesus Christ or Saint John the Baptist.

Several years ago after admiring the striking Anglican Gothic Revival architecture of this landmark church located next door to what used to be the old Eaton’s department store on Saint Catherine street I decided to visit it.

The interior of this church as its exterior, is fascinating and historical with all sorts of very interesting artifacts from Montreal’s glorious past moreover, this structure is still functions as active place of worship.

Today the Cathedral is melded with a modern multi-story glass and steel office skyscraper joined at its back-end compared to when it was first erected by wealthy Protestant Montrealers almost 200 years ago.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BLACK”.

Lethal Egg

Lethal dark green colored "Mill's Bomb" egg is British designed fragmentation grenade used in WWI and WWII.

Dark green colored lethal No. 36M egg you rather never have for breakfast especially if someone tossed it
to you with its pin pulled.

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Dark green colored lethal No. 36M is an egg you rather never have for breakfast especially if someone tossed it to you with its pin pulled.

This British designed “Mill’s Bomb”fragmentation grenade was used in both WWI and WWII by British and Canadian military to silence German pillboxes and trenches as well as to knock out armored vehicles including tanks.

The unique grenade is at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa behind thick security glass with purposely dimmed lighting for this exhibit.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”EGG”.

Drive By Peek

Drive by peek of Canada's centuries old Parliament slightly obscured by its ornate black iron front gate.

Drive by peek of Canada’s centuries old Parliament slightly obscured by its ornate closed black-colored wrought iron
front gate complex.

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While passenger in my friend’s minivan I got this drive by peek of Canada’s Parliament through its closed black colored iron front gate.

The scene was two years ago during a beautiful sunny afternoon in late Summer traveling along Wellington Street heading towards our ultimate destination Canada’s famous war museum while busy international tourists were milling around exploring Parliament.

I took this shot through the side window while we were in motion therefore, coupled with some people also moving some blur is evident.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”PEEK”.

Cannon Fodder Brave

Two Montreal office workers seem about to cross line imaginary of fire of centuries old black power artillery piece in park.

Montreal office workers are cannon fodder brave walking in front of centuries old black powder artillery piece near John A. MacDonald’s monument at Place du Canada park.

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Some Montreal office workers are cannon fodder brave walking into imaginary line of fire from centuries old black powder artillery piece near John A MacDonald’s statue.

Both men seem about to cross in front of huge black painted old brass cannon fortunately it is inert, only a decoration piece, part of a duo resting in front of Canada’s first prime minister’s granite and metal monument.

Just imagine when these cannon were in use manned by military gun crew making such passage suicide to passersby, especially if the fuse was already lit ready to set off the charge.

Looking at size of that bore it would no doubt punch a massive hole through anyone unlucky to be in the way probably tearing them in half..wow, what a mess that would be!

The scene is Place du Canada (formerly Dominion Square) with Mary Queen of the World Cathedral looming in background on picture’s left, the Marriott Chateau Champlain Hotel in back, St. George’s Anglican Church, and Windsor Station both hidden on right.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BRAVE”.

Urban Deterioration Scale

Urban deterioration scale is evident captured in picture of decades city laissez-faire and slumlords neglect.

Urban deterioration scale is evident by graffiti, broken boarded up windows, crumbling brick walls, miscellaneous debris, and general run down look.

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Urban deterioration scale is evident by amount of graffiti, broken boarded up windows, crumbling brick walls, miscellaneous debris, and general run down look of place.

This picture taken in downtown Montreal below Rene Levesque boulevard captures some of what is being torn down and replaced by rampant urban development featuring huge dark glass and metal highrises funded by mostly foreign overseas money.

Decades of laissez-faire by paid off corrupt city administrations allowing rich slum lords to acquire loads of old property cheaply then continue practicing neglect doing very little maintaining these properties meanwhile, raising rents to their poor tenants creates this type of scenario.

The corporate slum lords await the right moment to sell obviously very valuable downtown property for huge profits to the foreign buyers eager to park their money avoiding taxes at home.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”SCALE”.

Once Fashionable

Once fashionable classic American car from upstate New York, USA at Hudson antique car show.

Once fashionable classic American car from upstate New York, USA driven to the municipality of Hudson just west of the island of Montreal for vintage car show.

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Once fashionable this old American automobile has been replaced by high-tech, more safer, modern vehicles that use less fuel and pollute less with their emissions, and are more luxurious and comfortable.

Although it is old it is still interesting to look at and drive as a classic car and many collectors desire it because it retains and increases in value as time passes.

This particular car is from upstate New York visiting Hudson, which is a municipality west of the island of
Montreal nearing the Ontario border for a vintage car show.

This picture is about a decade old made on a beautiful sunny warm Sunday afternoon.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FASHIONABLE”.

Popular legend

Popular legend has it that Diefenbaker Conservative government were wrong cancelling Avro Arrow.

Popular legend regarding Canada’s Avro Arrow has it that Diefenbaker Conservative government were wrong cancelling this secret advanced military jet aircraft project.

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Ever since secret project was abruptly terminated during Diefenbaker era a popular legend evolved regarding Canada’s position in today’s advanced military jet aircraft.

Armchair experts insist that the Diefenbaker Conservative government set Canadian aerospace back allowing others primarily the USA to benefit from all the very expensive research already done as well as from all the technical staff Avro laid off.

They claim Canada gave away the whole store in a proverbial  “fire sale” ending up poorer for it because many of those Avro scientists and technicians ended up “Making America Great” working in USA developing its NASA space program.

There is no doubt that the Avro Arrow was unique and probably the most advanced aircraft of its kind however, it was heavily over-budget generating a real strain on Canada’s fiscal resources.

Canada, although a huge country with its small population tax base did not have an economy to support this type of very expensive project  compared to the USA with its massive economy.

Ottawa’s Canada Aviation And Space Museum is home for part of what’s left of the Arrow, the cockpit are depicted however, 1/3 of both wings,  essentially its wing tips,  and two sets of engines, one being the famous Iroquois, are available too.

These other components are stored nearby along the inner wall of the building for those interested in viewing them.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”POPULAR”.

Layered Goodies

Layered goodies await passersby at Phillips Square kiosk across Saint Catherine Street from Hudson's Bay store.

Layered goodies await passersby at kiosk on northern edge of Phillips Square on Saint Catherine Street featuring mostly Quebec maple syrup products and various souvenirs.

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Tons of layered goodies await passersby at a kiosk on Saint Catherine Street directly across from the famous, huge, old Hudson’s Bay store complex.

The products sold are mostly products made of Quebec’s maple syrup and various souvenirs and trinkets that tourists anc visitors to Montreal would like to buy.

The kiosk’s actual location is on the edge of Phillips Square, a little park surrounded on four sides by old commercial buildings including Hudson’s Bay.

Phillips Square is a piece of public property located in an old part of Montreal’s downtown and has a large bronze monument designed by Louis-Philippe Hébert  erected in 1914 and dedicated to late King Edward VII, who while still Prince of Wales, visited Montreal in 1860 for the Victoria Bridge inauguration.

This property named after Thomas Phillips, a former city councilor and entrepreneur , and donated to Montreal when he died by his widow as a perpetual memorial to her husband.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”LAYERED”.

Waiting In Ambush

WW2 German paratrooper waiting in ambush ready to gun down any enemy soldiers.

WW2 German paratrooper armed with MP-40 machine pistol waiting in ambush ready to gun down any
 enemy soldiers coming into view.

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Waiting in ambush armed with his MP-40 machine pistol WW2 German paratrooper is ready to gun down any enemy soldiers that come into view.

The scene is probably somewhere in Italy perhaps, near Monte Cassino,  where the Allies had fierce battles with all branches of the Hitler’s Nazi armed forces in the famous monastery ruins.

Another more likely scene would be Otto Skorzeny, commando extraordinary, and his handpicked special paratroopers raiding Italy’s Gran Sasso’s Hotel Campo Imperatore to extract dictator Benito Mussolini from his captors.

This daring raid by crack German paratroopers on the country’s highest peak using gliders remains the best original “mission impossible” based on the extreme difficulty such a operation had to master to save Il Duce from the hands of the Allies.

Our realistic depiction is from an exhibit at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”WAITING”.

Recreate Nostalgia

Old Ford three ton truck exhibited near vintage aircraft from same years helps recreate nostalgia of WWI era.

Old red and black Ford three-ton truck exhibit there to recreate nostalgia when placed near vintage aircraft from same
era, both can be seen at Ottawa’s Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

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Old red and black Ford three-ton truck exhibit is there to recreate nostalgia when placed near ancient aircraft at Ottawa’s Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

This remarkably well-preserved truck is an attractive enough exhibit in its own right because although not very common very early in the last century scant few exist today in this condition.

Then again, it may be a replica model however, it seems more an original genuine old Ford that perhaps grandpa drove around provided he could afford one.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”RECREATE”.