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Mar 22. 2012

Photo By Cecil Bishop


Hi folks: Neil Bishop sent along this Gander photo that his dad, Cecil Bishop, took in old town Gander in front of the Banting Memorial Hospital.

It would be interesting to find out the What, Where, When and Why of this photo.

Does anyone know what time period that this photo was taken?  It looks to be in front of the Banting Hospital. Love the dog parked right in front of all of the baby 'prams'. Do you think it might have been a 'Well Baby Clinic' at the hospital?

We wonder if any of our classmates would have been in those carriages? Or maybe other siblings. Would be fun if anyone recognizes any of the 'moms' that are pictured. Also wonder how many of the buggy wheels ended up being used for other purposes such as homemade carts or soapbox derby-type vehicles. Unlike other communities, the boys in this town probably preferred old airplane wheels for their vehicles. (And who needed carts when they could 'fly' old war planes?)

We are interested in your feedback.
Faye Lewis Raynard, GA 1959


Tom Rosenblad, who lived in old town Gander when he was very young, posed for this photo with the dog Sandy. He had this to say in an email to me:

“I was delighted to see that I wasn’t the only one who loved Sandy! My mother would probably have been able to identify some of the women in front of the hospital as I may possibly have been one of the children in that group who had a health check! Sadly, my parents both passed away last year within 6 months of each other. They would have enjoyed this correspondence! Through the link in the forwarded e-mail, I even found my dad’s telephone number at the airport!”

Thanks Tom for your response…and feel free to share any of your memories with us here on this site (photos too) or questions. We are up for it all.

Faye Lewis Raynard, GA 1959

I don't know the mom's or the babies - picture is not quite clear enough to tell.  However I do know the dog, he was “Sandy”, a Newfoundland dog owned by a Canadian Airforce guy who had to leave him behind when he was sent overseas.  Sandy was fed in the Mess Hall across from the old Globe Theatre, he slept in the Men's Barracks beside the Mess Hall and was doctored, whenever he had a problem, by Dr. Paton at Banting Memorial Hospital.  He wandered around the Airport at will, but mostly around the Canadian Side.  He visited whomever and wherever he wanted. 

Sandy was photographed by one and all, I have pictures taken with him in 1947 by the school on Foss Avenue, next door to where we lived.  He lived for several years and was sadly missed when he passed away.  He was loved by everyone.
         Elizabeth  (Luther) Bursey, HMA 1953

The turbans and the coat styles indicate the war years or just after.
Clarence Dewling, GA teacher late 1950s

What a wonderful photo.  I love it.  Especially all the baby carriages.
Michal Millar Crowe, GA 1960


At first glance I would think it was one of those special immunization days when babies received their inoculation for various diseases. Not only were cars scarce in the old Gander days but very few women could drive. If you were living within walking distance you walked pushing your baby pram or take the bus. It looks as if there were more prams then cars.

Some of these prams came with little skies you could fit over the wheels so you could use them in the winter.  I can't remember prams being scraped for their wheels. More then often when the prams  were no longer needed they would be passed along to other mothers. These things were expensive and had to be ordered from Goodyear's or Eaton's. 

Looking at the heavy coats I would guess it maybe was in late summer or early fall when the picture was taken. Must have been a cold winter.  
Jack Pinsent, GA 1960

Hi Everyone,
 I am not sure what occasion the photo represents but my brother Robert (born in 1948) had a buggy like the one the dog is laying beside. It was shiny black with a white sweeping design across the body on both sides. I remember vividly since he was quite content in it as long as it was moving. On the other hand, if our mom stopped to chat with anyone, it was another story. I am not sure what happened to the buggy as my second brother Ken had a different one. Given how frugal our parents were they likely sold or gave it away to someone else who needed one.

If I were to guess the photo is of a ‘well baby clinic’.

Speaking of babies in buggies I remember being able to leave my firstborn in his buggy outside the co-op (new townsite); go inside, pick up my groceries and return without a worry in the world that any harm might come to him. Thinking back it makes me think of how folks looked out for each other and the trust that was always there. It was a great place to live and grow up!

Thanks for the chance to reminisce!
         Alice Taylor, GA 1960

Thanks to Neil Bishop for sharing his dad, Cecil Bishop’s photos and to Rick Stead who got in touch with Tom Rosenblad to seek his permission to post his photo with Sandy the dog. If anyone has further information relating to these photos please contact Faye Raynard at

We appreciate everyone’s contribution to this effort.



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