The wild side of the CNE’s when the Flyer was king


This photo of the Flyer at the CNE was taken with a 35mm Kodak Pony camera in 1958, from the top of the Shell Tower. Built in 1953, the year of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Flyer was advertised as the “fastest . . . . in the world”at that time. It reached speeds of up the 65 miles an hour. It was 2612 feet in length and 62 feet in height, capable of carrying over 26,000 passengers a day. I remember riding the Flyer and experiencing the thrill of the downward plunge from the tallest section of the structure. Unfortunately, as technology and tastes of the public changed, the Flyer was viewed as tame. It was demolished in June 1992, but throughout the years it was the “thriller” of the CNE midway, over 9 million passengers had enjoyed by the ride.  (information from CNE Archives)


                          Passenger cars from the CNE Flyer


Photo of the Flyer, the Grandstand in the background. Photo from the CNE Archives.

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For links to previous posts about the CNE

Going wild at the 2013 CNE

Memories of the CNE of yesteryears.


The old CNE fountain was a copy of those in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square

Ten suggestions to improve the CNE

Attending the 2011 Ex.

Memories and photos of the Grandstand shows of the 1950s

Postcard views of the CNE from the 1940s

More postcard views of the CNE from the 1940s

The historic fountain at the CNE that has now disappeared

A post about the sculpture in butter of Rob Ford

Visiting the 2012 CNE

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Recent publication entitled “Toronto’s theatres and the Golden Age of the Silver Screen,” by the author of this blog.


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