The then image in this post shows a Calgary street scene where we’re witness to some sort of organized walk or march taking place, and appears to be from sometime in the latter part of the 60s given the style of dress seen. Come with us as we revisit that location, it’s 14th Street Southwest where it crosses over Memorial Drive, to see how it looks today. And indeed, as expected there has been change, yet some details remain to help connect the two eras together.
The old photo was send to us by a BIGDoer.com reader and included not a single shred of accompanying information as to the event nor the participants seen, or even where it was shot (outside it’s Calgary). Finding the location was no problem and we instantly recognized it, We pass by that very sport often.
That the photo was sent to us this way is no problem. We don’t mind a challenge and in fact love it when we have to do some digging. It’s helps satisfy our insatiable curiosity.
Putting our noses to the grindstone, it only took a bit of detective work for us to have an answer on what’s seen. I guess we’re good. Or maybe we lucked out. No, it’s ’cause we’re good. It has to be.
In some old newspapers we find mention of this very event – it’s clear they’re speaking of the same one. The article shows a picture of the march, and in it we can even see some of the same people. There is also a description of the route, which takes in 14th St. It’ all matches. With that said, we’re completely confident we know what’s happening.
We’re looking at a Miles for Millions Walkathon and the date is 1967.
This was the first year of that march, and was an early example of this type of walking-for-a-cause event, and was to raise awareness and money, via pledges, for world hunger. Many schools participated, which explains all the young people seen. These walks, which happened all over Canada, were popular into the 1970s. A search shows there has been talk of resurrecting the event, but so far nothing has happened.
Based upon the lack of information that came with the photo, we of course know nothing of the people seen. Were they fiends of the photographers or just random individuals captured on film? It’d be interesting to know. If any of our readers appear in this picture or recognized a face, or if you participated and have memories to share, be sure and comment (scroll down below photos).
Beside the road itself which appears much as it did, the rest of the scene shows a good deal of change between now and then. As would be expected. The new condos on the right are the most obvious difference. Even with that, the overall feel of the place remains. Constants that tie the two times together include the small apartment block far right and some street details like line poles and manhole covers.
Do you have an old photo showing a scene like this? Would you like us to visit the same spot and document how it looks now? If yes, contact us for instructions, or just send the photo anyway and we’ll do the rest. Images must be yours, or in the public domain. They can be scans or real photos.
No cropping was done to the now photo to assist in lining things up. Instead, we do that in-camera. We’ve developed a number of techniques over the years, and have lots of practice, so usually we get things pretty close.
If you wish more information on what you’ve seen here, by all means contact us!
Date: April, 2015.
Location: Calgary, AB.
Article sources: Calgary Herald archives.
Our picture was shot from public property.