Elegant Traveling in the Late 60s

In 1967 Montreal hosted a world fair called the 1967 International and Universal Exposition, more commonly known as Expo 67. It is considered to have been the most successful World Fair of the 20th century setting a single day attendance with 569,000 visitors in one day. It ran from April to October. Later on, the fair extended to “Man and His World”, a collection of the buildings and pavilions donated by many of the 62 countries that participated in Expo 67.

This post is not about Expo 67, but sets the tone as to the destination of a special trip my mother and father took in August of 1968. As a child of 8, I don’t recall my parents taking many trips together. In fact, as a family, our trips were mostly local museums and visits to my father’s childhood home where my grandmother and many aunts and uncles lived.

1968, man and his world, elegant travelI recall my mother telling me about this particular trip. Looking back on our conversation, I am reminded that back then, traveling was different than what it is today. It seems most of us don’t really think much about the process of getting to our destination, other than making it as short and painless as possible. Since my parents didn’t travel much, ANY travel was an exciting event. Montreal is a short 2 hour drive from Ottawa, however my parents opted to take the train to Montreal. I recall my mother telling me of the excitement leading up to their weekend adventure.

I so enjoy this old picture of my parents dressed up and ready for the adventure. Mom had told me she had brought 3 dresses, one for the trip to Montreal, one for the visit to the exhibition and one for the trip back home. Dad wore his suit, and they both looked so elegant, ready to have a great time.

The train ride itself, albeit a short one, was a fun part of the adventure. They had a great time touring all the pavilions and knowing my love for reading, they bought me my first book. I treasure this book and to this day, read it every summer! A souvenir of that special trip my parents enjoyed so much.

 

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Retired exec consultant who traveled for more than 4 decades, both corporate and leisure. I appreciate my travel experience and want to share tips, photos and stories with readers! I live in Ottawa Canada and have traveled to 31 countries.

51 thoughts on “Elegant Traveling in the Late 60s

  • July 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm
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    Love this. So true that nowadays it’s all about shortening travel times so as to spend more time at your destination. A plane ride today would be much more dapper if people dresses for for excitement rather than comfort…

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    • July 3, 2017 at 9:01 pm
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      I can just imagine how much planning and saving up (no credit cards in those days, or very few), and finally enjoying every moment of the trip… every aspect! Thanks for your comments!

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  • July 3, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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    Such a nice story that you have to go with their picture. Thank you for sharing, it’s beautiful.

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    • July 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm
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      Thanks Sarah, I wish I had known to ask so many more questions about their lives. That’s in part why I write, for my potential grand and great grand children!

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  • July 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm
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    Nice to see a trip to the past

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    • July 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm
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      Thanks Andrew! I don’t have many pictures of my parents, so I treasure the ones I have…

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  • July 4, 2017 at 7:05 am
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    Loved this! really enjoyed reading about your parent’s travel back then! how things are changing rapidly!! the photo is priceless!

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    • July 4, 2017 at 1:12 pm
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      Thank Kumin for your comment – I am so happy to still have some of these old photos – they mean a lot to me.

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  • July 4, 2017 at 10:46 am
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    This is such a beautiful and interesting story. It is indeed true that most of us don’t think much about the process of getting to our destination anymore and it’s really a shame as that is also part of the fun. We’re more interested in getting to our destination as quickly as possible.

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    • July 4, 2017 at 1:12 pm
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      Thanks Mary for your comment. I am now trying to really focus on all the components of travel – from the initial thought to the last memory!

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  • July 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm
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    What a memorable family adventure. I see it as a trip you never forget 😃 Thanks for sharing.

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  • July 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm
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    What a wonderful memory. I love looking at the old photos of my parents and grandparents. Life was so different than it is now, especially travel.

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    • July 5, 2017 at 2:14 pm
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      Thanks for your comments Rachel. I only wished I had MORE photos of my parents and grandparents!

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  • July 5, 2017 at 3:52 am
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    I absolutely love this article!

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  • July 5, 2017 at 9:05 am
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    I appreciate travel so much ad you’re right these days we don’t really think of our transportation do our destination, I don’t think we appreciate our painless ways of transport; thus, there is not as much excitement for the journey as there once was! I lived in Ottawa myself and going to Montreal was as simple as can be! loved both cities and loved reading this blog 🙂 thank you for sharing!

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    • July 5, 2017 at 2:13 pm
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      Hi Karen and fellow Ottawa neighbor! Thanks for your comments, and I really appreciate the closeness of Montreal – many of my cousins are from that area, as well as my father’s ancestors!

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  • July 5, 2017 at 10:06 am
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    It’s nice to see a post that depicts how travel has evolved so much over time.Thank you for summarising everything in such a short post which made it easy and much more interesting

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    • July 5, 2017 at 2:07 pm
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      Thanks Harini for your comments – I really appreciate you mentioning the shortness of my articles. Many would state we need to have really long ones, but I prefer shorter recognizing that readers are often short on time and won’t read a very long post. As well, since this is more my style, I’ve decided to stick with my format that suits me best!

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  • July 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm
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    This is a beautiful memory for you and story for your readers. I love the photo! Thanks for sharing!

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    • July 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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      Thanks for your comments – I have few photos of my parents so this is a real treat to be able to share with others!

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  • July 5, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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    |barefootveronicaluna| 

    Great post! Its awesome that you’re sharing memories with us! Enjoyed the pictures!

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  • July 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm
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    Lovely story! We were just talking about how stories from our parents travelling, help us to appreciate how easy and accessible it is for us today (at least those of us with the right passports…)

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    • July 7, 2017 at 2:53 pm
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      Thanks Claire for your comments – we are truly blessed to be able to move about without too much planning.

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  • July 5, 2017 at 8:06 pm
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    This is so great! I long for times like this, especially when flying. People wear whatever they want now, and the elegance is gone. Of course, there’s also zero room on airplanes, so comfort is essential. *sigh*

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  • July 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm
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    My grandmother was a big traveler, too, and bringing me trinkets from her travels definitely inspired wanderlust in me. I believe she traveled to a World’s Fair as well! Travel has certainly changed since those days, especially in the way we dress to travel!

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    • July 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm
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      Hi Leigh, thanks for your comments. Do you recall which World Fair your grandmother visited? Pity they don’t do those any more.

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  • July 5, 2017 at 8:47 pm
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    One thing I really appreciate about the olden days is that everything was an occasion! Lovely photo. Thanks for sharing!

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    • July 6, 2017 at 10:53 pm
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      Oh Amanda, you are so right! Back then, life was looked at with a bit more wonder than we do today… I think… but we can change that!

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  • July 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm
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    In 2017, it can be so easy to take the ability to travel for granted. Travel is still a privilege, but it’s incredible how much easier it is to travel to another region, country or continent! Thank you for sharing a refreshing perspective on the value of travel.

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    • July 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm
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      Thanks Mia for your kinds words, It certainly was a chance for me to imagine what travel was 50 years ago!

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  • July 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm
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    What a lovely picture of your parents, they do look very elegant. I can only imagine how wonderful the Expo must have been back in 67. Too bad people didn’t have cell phones back then, I bet your parents could have captured some magical shots along their train ride.

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    • July 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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      Hi Clare, Thanks for your comments. I’m excited to say Montreal has put together a follow up 50th anniversary exhibit about Expo 67, with many of the original pavilions, interactive displays etc. I’m scheduling to visit this month! More photos to come!

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  • July 5, 2017 at 9:15 pm
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    Oh, this is so sweet! I LOVE looking back on the trips my grandparents took during their marriage! SO sweet!

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    • July 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm
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      Thanks Maegan for your comments. I too enjoy looking back through old photos – wish there was a lot more information about the photos themselves.

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  • July 6, 2017 at 12:15 am
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    I love the thoughtfulness and preparedness of their travel… “she bought three dresses…” it’s like a stop and smell the roses…

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    • July 6, 2017 at 10:49 pm
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      Thanks Sharon for your comments. And you are right, very much stop and smell the roses !

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  • July 6, 2017 at 7:53 am
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    I guess I had never really thought about traveling 50 years ago. Except for the glamorous trips to Paris, of course! It’s easy to forget the excitement of something like a train ride.

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    • July 6, 2017 at 10:49 pm
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      Thanks Alexis for your comments. I hear you about Paris – to me, it’s always an elegant trip!

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  • July 6, 2017 at 5:43 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this! I would love to travel like that at least once..now it’s almost the most stressful part about traveling

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    • July 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm
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      Thanks for your comments Andrea – I agree that often, the travel from A to B can be stressful – especially air travel!

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  • July 7, 2017 at 10:21 am
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    My mom worked for the airlines, so our family travelled a lot as non-revs. And we ALWAYS dressed up to travel. My mom, sister & I in dresses & my dad always wore a suit. My have times changed!

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    • July 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm
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      Hi Cathy
      I imagine you have seen some amazing locations, and lived some great adventures with your family. Thanks for your comments!

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  • July 9, 2017 at 6:53 am
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    I loved the elegance of that time. And probably the slow speed to which they traveled. I think we should bring the sending of postcards and letters from our travels back in to fashion!

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    • July 9, 2017 at 2:23 pm
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      Alexa,
      Thanks for your comments. I fear that without letters and postcards, the older communications will be lost in the past. Internet has certainly changed all that!

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