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Starting the Search...

Today Bohdan and I went to Robarts Library to start the search for the aforementioned photo of my grandmother supposedly printed in a newspaper. I picked up a box of 13 rolls, 2 years worth of newspaper from 1947 and 1948 on microfilm! After the gentleman in Media Commons showed us how to use the super cool microfilm machines,(they're like a combination of old film projectors and scanners with a bright green light that automatically transmits what's under the glass onto a computer screen), Bohdan grabbed one roll and I grabbed another. Our hunt took a couple hours. By the end our eyes were tired of looking at newspapers whizzing by on computer screens.

We didn't find the photo today, but there were a couple close calls, such as an ESTONIAN party celebrating their independence in Montreal looked oddly similar to Ukrainians I'm looking for.


In general we noticed newspapers haven't changed all that much. The hot topics were lots of cases of fires and post war comments about prices not going up. Ads were directed at women (panty hose and fur coats) and men (cigarettes and suits). I took screen shots of a bunch of interesting things I found. Take a look!

So my search continues. We only successfully got through 4 rolls today. I have a deadline because apparently the films need to be back by February 13? AJJJJ!


Kingston Whig Standard I said this whole story started with a photo. It's not my grandparents' wedding photo that I'm referring to though. It was a photo that was published in a newspaper that brought my grandparents together. My grandmother was living in Picton, Ontario and my grandfather was living in Kingston, Ontario. Somehow my grandfather saw a photo that was published of my grandmother and her friends which kicked him into gear to go and find them.

I've narrowed down my ideas as to which newspaper it could be. There have been long conversations with library people in Picton, Kingston, Queens, University of name a few. As you can imagine, finding  a photo from 1948, which is probably not even labelled with names, is quite a daunting task.

I've made a RACER account (an interlibrary loan service between university libraries) and have put forward a request to get the Kingston Whig Standard newspaper for the years 1947 and 1948 on microfilm. Apparently it takes a while to receive your order so I've been patiently waiting. Once I get the newspapers, which will be in a tiny format like old film reels, I'll have to sit and literally look through all  the photos and try to find my grandmother's 20 year old face.

Let the detective work begin. I'll update as soon as I start my hunt!

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