Back to the Future

Recently I've been posting albums of my 50-year-old photos. "My goodness, things have changed" is a consistent theme, and occasionally I'll reinforce that idea by including a Google Street View of the same location now. I'm a huge fan of Street View in general, but a particularly delightful feature allows you to see any earlier… Read More

Old Album, Number Six

This is the sixth album of my little collection of photos, arranged in more or less chronological order. Watch me self-consciously trying to be arty. By this album I'm getting a bit vague about exactly when each photo was taken, so let's say they all come from the very last years of the 60s and… Read More

Old Album, Number Five

This is the fifth album of my little collection of photos, arranged in more or less chronological order. A change of pace and an introduction to the period where photography changes my life.  Today photos are so sharable and public, but the photos in my previous albums were taken on solitary rambles and only started… Read More

Old Album, Number Four

This is the fourth album of my little collection of photos, arranged in more or less chronological order. A selection, that appears to be mostly from 1966, shows me wandering all over the place. First up, a forgotten brick building beside Cogswell Street at the base of Citadel Hill. It was part of a nineteenth-century… Read More

Old Album, Number Three

This is the third album of my little collection of photos, arranged in more or less chronological order.  A selection from 1966. In the spring of 1966 I visited Brunswick Street to see what had been Halifax's "best" residential street during the last half of the nineteenth century. Prosperous families built big, stylish houses at… Read More

House by the Side of the Road

On Sunday December 6, a house and its outbuildings near Avonport were demolished. The destruction was a shock to the community, and to the provincial government who since 1993 had the buildings registered and protected as a Heritage Property. I have a few thoughts. The premises will be well known and fondly remembered by tens… Read More

Old Album, Number Two

This is the second album of my little collection of photos, arranged in more or less chronological order.  A selection from 1965/66. Here are a couple of views from Citadel Hill. These days we don't go up there from one year to the next, but then it was a more vital destination, with three museums… Read More

Old Album, Number One

Come the New Year, do you start to put your affairs in order? Me too! I've been wondering what to blog about and decided to return to what brought me to this sphere in the first place, my little collection of older photos. Organizing these images chronologically has been an ongoing project, and I’ve decided… Read More

Rock Star Concrete Blocks

Are you running low on fun things to notice? How about concrete block? Not the blocks, painted beige or peach, often used as the walls of 1960s school gyms and church halls, but those cast to imitate rustic stone, that were popular from around 1900 into the 1920s. Do you recognize the look? If the… Read More

Not So Fresh

There is buried treasure for you to behold, but be quick, you will never get another chance. The bonanza is a section of the stone conduit that carried Freshwater Brook from the Halifax Common towards the pond in the Public Gardens. The brook was sent underground probably in the late 1870s. If you have kids… Read More