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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