A Halifax Boyhood

Growing up on the city's outskirts in the 1940s and 50s

by Malcolm MacLeod

with William D. Naftel

Images and memories of growing up in the wonderful new world of big cars, suburbs and drive-in restaurants
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.

About the Authors

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.

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