.the story of rudolf blaut. .8. .the life of the party.

.i skipped christmas, and went right to the good party. .hats, streamers and fake mustaches. .what more could you want for a new years eve party in the 60s?

.he definitely would have been the life of the party. .just imagine him dancing.

.this is my guess. .he went to bed before midnight hit, and they had to wake him up to celebrate. .or, he's hungover and being held up on his way to breakfast.


.the story of rudolf blaut. .7. .and they go camping.

 .and now the kids go camping.

.they even were dress shoes boating. .maybe this was their first camping trip!

.and some wild pigs. .i haven't figured out where this could be yet.

.a sport coat on a camping trip. .perfect. .i think the passport guy may be taking the photos this time. .but i still don't know who rudolf blaut is.

.he was the only one to catch a fish.  


.the story of rudolf blaut. .6. .a road trip.

.nothing like a weekend road trip to the country. .if only is was still an occasion to get dressed up to trek through the forest. .and judging by the few outfit changes, this was a regular occurrence.


.the story of rudolf blaut. .5. .niagara falls.

The Oneida Tower
In 1963, the Oneida Community Developments Company (Canada) Limited under the direction of then company president, Pierrepont T. Noyes, an observation tower measuring 104 metres tall was built. The top of the flag mast was 108 metres above Falls Avenue.

This tower and commercial complex was designed by architect Alan R. Moody. It was constructed in six months by the Frankel Steel Company of Toronto.

Construction progressed at a rate of six feet per day. The top of this tower was capped with a two storey observation deck capable of holding 1,500 people at a time. Two glass enclosed elevators at the center of this tower were capable of carrying 1,800 people per hour. The upper observation deck was a partially open, providing people with excellent views of the Falls through special openings in the wire mesh fencing and to provide for the taking of pictures.

This tower was built of an open steel frame construction and was the first of its construction type ever built in Canada.  In addition to the tower, a five store - two storey commercial plaza was built at the base. The cost of this project was 10 million dollars , with the tower cost of 1 million dollars. A giant 15 by 9 m neon company sign added to the beauty of the top of this tower. In 1974 this sign was removed because rust had rendered it unsafe.


.most people think collecting stranger's photos is a bit odd. .but i think there is a lot that can be discovered about our culture through viewing them. .for example, how many times have you taken family that were visiting to this clock. .i've lost count to the number of times i've been there. .why is this exciting? .i get going to the falls, and many other tourist places, but why a clock? .it's the largest one of it's kind in the world. .the arms weigh more than 1250 pounds. .my brother thinks its pretty. .i think there are better places to visit. .but in 8 sets of other peoples photos that i've collected, from all over canada, they have all been there. .so maybe i'm wrong.


.and the biggest question so far. .who is taking the photographs?


.the story of rudolf blaut. .4. .of these three.

.so. .at some point, it would be nice to figure out who this rudolf blaut is. .the following pictures are of the men that come up the most in this box of photos. .but as of yet, i still have no idea of their relation to each other, if at all, or who, if any, is rudolf blaut.

.this passport photos was stuffed in an envelope full of end of the roll cut offs. .some of these are among the most interesting photos in the bunch, artistically anyways.

.i'm guessing the passport photo is the guy on the right. .the guy on the left pops in a lot. .soon you will meet his wife and newborn. .he was also seen at the cne, niagara falls, algonquin park, ottawa and at a few places i'll save for later. .i haven't been paying too much attention to the passport guy, but since finding that photo, i'm thinking maybe i should.

.and then there is this guy. .he was on the boat, and he also stops by once and a while. .this has to be one of my favorite shots so far. .i sense he may have been the life of the party, and i think after you have seen his new years costume party photos, that you may agree with me. .something to look forward to.


.the story of rudolf blaut. .3. .canadian national exhibition.

.it's kind of amazing, that some places are so easily recognizable. .even if they were from possibly 70 years ago. .here's a small trip down memory lane through the canadian national exhibition.

."Canada Dry: The Champagne of Ginger Ale" was a slogan used in the 1930s.

.text from the plaque.

Shrine Peace Memorial

On June 21, 1930 this Peace Memorial was presented to the people of Canada by Imperial Potentate, Noble Leo V. Youngworth on befalh of the 600,000 members of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine to commemorate the peaceful relationships existing for over a century between Canada and the United States. This gift was received by Noble the Honorable George S. Henry, Potentate of Rameses Shrine Temple, Toronto, representing the citizens of Canada. On August 20, 1958 the surrounding garden and fountain, created by the Toronto Parks Department, was officially opened and the Memorial was re-dedicated to the cause of peace by Noble the Right Honourable John. C. Diefenbaker, P.C., Prime Minister of Canada