It used to be an occasion to go to the theatre to watch a movie. Couples got dressed up to attend. Each theatre had uniformed ushers that would check your ticket, then lead you to your seating area. The national anthem was played at the start of the evening's presentation.
There were probably around 8 or 10 young boys like me, all as confused and nervous as myself, as well as the scout leader. He was tall and wore a similar uniform, but it was covered in badges and his hat looked like something a Royal Canadian Mountie would wear.
Among the biggest names of the era were the soul music acts that performed, including Motown stars Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. At one point before their evening stage performance, the couple were quietly escorted to a undisclosed location. During a rainy afternoon at the fair, Marvin and Tammi were filmed together singing to their monster hit, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" while huddled together under one of the fair's modernistic telephone booths that featured a plastic umbrella above.
The Centennial fountain in Queens Square is truly a work of art and a thing of beauty. Paid for by the Gore Insurance Company, the shape of the fountain is of the Canada Centennial symbol: the stylized Maple Leaf used exclusively for the year long event. Jets of water shoot straight up from each of the leaves.
Always on the lookout for anything old an vintage, I looked up at the buildings along the main street and came to a screeching halt when I spotted the huge Deluxe Restaurant sign overlooking the front of this vintage diner. The street view of the building was covered in green and black vitrolite, a popular glass-like tile material used in 1930's and 1940'
Unlike so many of the original locally owned "mom & pop" restaurants that got squeezed out of business by the big chain restaurants, Three Little Pigs thrived and survived until the owners decided to retire on their own terms, after their long and successful term in the business.
Whether it was a department store in Canada or the United States, these old catalogs were like windows from the past. Every time I would find one, I immediately started looking for several of my favorite subjects.