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Verdun in Black and White: Family Photographs from the 1940s/1950s (2)

Another family photograph from the years when we were living in a 3rd floor flat on rue de l’Eglise (Church Avenue) in Verdun, Quebec.


Wordless Wednesday

These were the years when television first arrived in our neighbourhood. At first there was one in the tavern at the corner and adults went to watch it there, but then a few families – and mine was one of the lucky ones – eventually got their own television.

There was a brand-new show that year – The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason, If you watch this Honeymooners clip you’ll certainly get that ’50s feeling, and you’ll also see an apartment that was very much like our working class apratment on rue de l’Eglise in Verdun. What’s especially striking is how plain the apartment looked and how little “stuff” we had compared to today.

September 2, 2009 - Posted by | .


  1. They are playing golf with a potato.


    Comment by c3p0etr2d2 | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. It was funny from the words they said and the actions.One part was when the guy said Hello ball! that was funny!


    Comment by Wolves | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  3. They make it funny by acting weird and funny like once the guy said hello to the ball.And one more thing is that makes it funny is that they hit each other(not enough to hurt themselves).


    Comment by cloe | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  4. It is not the same t.v. The colour has been added and the technology went up. There is also H.D. t.v


    Comment by Spike | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  5. Message from Miley:
    Their voices are more rattley,


    Comment by Miley | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  6. It reminds me about a old show called l’Ile de gilligan.It is a old show but with colours and very funny.


    Comment by Chico | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  7. The show has only black and white,and their clothes are different than our clothes and they tell jokes, they do all sorts of act and change their voices to funny voices, and they do funny things when he practices golf.


    Comment by Cristina | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  8. 1956 is different than today because it is black and white.
    They make it funny by making him play golf and they always miss.It’s also funny when the guy hits all the kitchen


    Comment by tele tubiefan | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  9. One of the differences I saw about 1965’s television and today’s television is that it was in black and white and not as high quality.It’s not as sharp.


    Comment by Jim | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  10. Message from tinki winky:
    They make it funny with their movements – like they’re moving their waists around and around.


    Comment by tinki winky | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  11. I think it was so funny because of the jokes! how he was moving his body! his face was so funny! the environment because, who plays golf in their kitchen!?


    Comment by Giles | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  12. Black and white and now tv is in colour.
    The genre is comedy and they,re humorous.


    Comment by lex | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  13. The difference is that there is no colour and no special effects and they are not in a studio.

    They make it funny because of the way they move and the way
    they talk. Another thing is their expressions.


    Comment by flyera2d2 | September 15, 2009 | Reply

  14. The 1956’s shows are in black and white.The clothes are alot diffrent than our clothes.They’re acting and their moves are funny because they swing their whole body.I also find at the end that, i’ts funny because one of the guys swings his golf stick and breaks the kitchen. It’s also funny when his wife comes in and says that he can’t learn golf in just two days.


    Comment by Kate | September 15, 2009 | Reply

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