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Bedford in Winter: c.1957

Bedford in Winter: c.1957

Bedford, Quebec in the grip of winter, circa 1957. This is looking down Victory Blvd., with Bedford High School at the head of the street, where I attended from Grade 1 to Grade 5. As is apparent from this picture, there was lots of snow in late 50s Quebec Eastern Townships winters. View full size.

Not all was idyllic in the 50s

Just so that people don't get the idea that everything was golden in small-town 1950s, I remember one particular Grade 2 art class at Bedford High School in 1957. The teacher passed out small paper bags of a fine grey powder that we mixed with water to make items like ash trays - the powder was asbestos.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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