Friday, May 7, 2010


When the flowers are in bloom and the roads are passable, the festivals are in order.

Caption says, "Memorial Day Service (Minitonas, Manitoba, July 31 1927) It's a particularly lovely photo. The sacrifices of WWI, the War to End Wars, were still sharp and noble and the emotion of the people was sincere, unmixed.

And now we go to Dominion Day, July 2, a bit of patriotism to pre-empt the Fourth of July, which was, of course, an act of rebellion and secession! This is the Swan River band.

And here are the proper floats, the way we still do them in small towns. Things were going pretty well and no one saw what was just around the economic corner.

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