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Here's another shot my Dad took in 1958, at the Niagara Parks Commission's Floral Clock, by the Adam Beck hydroelectric generating station on the Canadian side of the Niagara Gorge, a few miles downriver from The Falls. Directly across from here is the massive Robert Moses hydro plant on the U.S. side. Fashions sure have changed in 55 years. View full size.