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A Halifax Boyhood

Anyone who grew up in the late 1940s and 50s will recognize themselves and their experiences in this story of a Halifax boyhood. Whether its the thrill of skating while holding someones hand for the first time, waiting for a Saturday matinee in the raucous din of a movie theatre full of kids, or exploring a building left temporarily unsupervised, Malcolm MacLeod brings back the sights, sounds, and feelings of the era. Photographs from the same period show a city replacing old ways with the new world of big cars, suburbs, and fast food.

This is a book that captures the spirit of an optimistic age when the world was becoming a better place for everyone, every day.

For anyone who knows Halifax, there are special pleasures here. Theres a boys-eye view of the construction of the Armdale Rotary, the thrills of climbing to the top of the Dingle Tower, and the excitement of jumping from ice pan to ice pan on the semi-frozen Northwest Arm.

Malcolm MacLeod

MALCOLM MACLEOD grew up in Halifax, attended Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto, and taught school for several years before returning to university for his doctorate in history at the University of Ottawa. He held academic appointments at Nova Scotia Teachers College in Truro and then at Memorial University in Newfoundland. He has published widely on Canadian history and now lives in Truro

William D. Naftel

WILLIAM D. NAFTEL was a historian and regional manager with Parks Canada for thirty years in Ottawa and Nova Scotia. He is the award winning author of Prince Edward's Legacy, Wartime Halifax, and Halifax at War. He lives in Halifax.

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Looks at the Northwest Arm in Melville Cove, its landmarks and features in 1941 ; 5 $0.50

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Landmarks down the Arm and into Halifax proper 1941-1959 ; 9 $0.90

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Looks at going to school at Cunard School in Jollimore up to grade four 1943-46 ; 5 $0.50

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Recounts learning to swim 1942-45 ; 3 $0.30

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Looks at The Dingle official sir Sanford Fleming Park and an incident that occurred their in his childhood 1945-46 ; 7 $0.70

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What he remembers about being a boy in Halifax during WWII and how it shaped him 1942-45 ; 5 $0.50

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Personal recollections of his family 1932-42 ; 9 $0.90

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Examines when he lived in an area known as Kline Heights 1946-50 ; 4 $0.40

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Looks at the Saturday Morning Movie Club which meant freedom for children from the surly bonds of adult control and supervision 1947-48 ; 5 $0.50

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Looks at racism in Halifax in 1948-54 ; 5 $0.50

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Looks at the principle form of entertainment/popular culture, Radio 1942-49 ; 5 $0.50

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Looks at Halifax hosting the university men’s basketball championship tournament from 1950-52 ; 3 $0.30

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Looks at the attitude towards hitchhiking in Halifax 1952-61 ; 3 $0.30

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Looks at his involvement with the Maritime Provinces Tuxis and Older Boys’ Parliament 1950-52 ; 4 $0.40

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Looks at Armdale High, the construction and being a part of a very small grade 12 class here 1953-54 ; 3 $0.30

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The progress of construction on the Armdale Rotary 1955 ; 4 $0.40

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Looks at the books he read as a boy 1943-52 ; 6 $0.60

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Looks at working at Pier 21 due to landing a job with the Department of Citzenship and Immigration in the catering department right after high school 1954-55 ; 5 $0.50

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Looks at a typical day there when there was a influx of immigrants due to a boat landing while working for the Department of Citzenship and Immigration in the catering department ; 5 $0.50

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While studying at Dalhousie University as a theologue, accepted by the United Church as a candidate for the ministry looks at a summer spent as the student minister at Val Marie Saskatchewan ; 3 $0.30

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Looks at his time at Dalhousie University 1955-58 ; 6 $0.60

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Looks at his time in the Navy and the decision for the path his life would take afterwards. 1956-58 ; 4 $0.40

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A short postscrip about why he wrote this memoire, the intention, thoughts after writing it, and what happened to him after the years that are accounted here ; 3 $0.30