Nativity Scene, Montreal, 1955 by George Cousins

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Nativity Scene, Montreal, 1955 by 

This is a sort of companion to my posting entitled “Christmas Past”. The nativity scene was a part of the Christmas events at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, Canada. The photo was taken the same night, Christmas Eve 1955, midnight Eastern Standard Time, as Christmas Day was just beginning in Montreal. Freezing cold, the camera was pulled out from inside my parka and set up, very quickly, to get the photo. I was worried about freeze-up but it didn’t happen. Exakta Varex 35mm. on a tripod, using Kodachrome ASA 10 film. Can’t remember the exposure but probably about one second at F2.0. would be a good guess. The slide was scanned in 2004, at 4000 dpi with a Canoscan 4000US scanner.


  • Marilyn Baldey
    Marilyn Baldeyover 5 years ago

    I like your treatment of it, very nice.

  • Glad you liked it Marilyn..another “long ago and far away” one:)

    – George Cousins

  • carareindl
    carareindlover 3 years ago

    Beautifully done!

  • Very glad you liked it, and best of the Season to you and yours!

    – George Cousins

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 2 years ago

    lovely find George. they do not make them this lifelike anymore do they? what a unique and marvelous find. I would like to invite you to join my group Shelters and add this image. my co host has a challenge running right now for Christmas Stables and this would be perfect. She is going to extend the challenge to a few more days so I do hope you join and add this image into our gallery and the challenge.

    Happy Holidays

  • Hi Jane, I’ve just joined your group, thanks for the invite, and have also posted this image to it. I’ll also add it to the Challenge. You’re right, this sort of thing is quite “vintage” nowadays. Of course it was taken 57 years ago, so I guess that’s to be expected. I’m vintage myself now..LOL!!!

    – George Cousins

  • Couldn’t enter the challenge Jane as it’s already closed.I’ll check back and see if she extends it and if so, I’ll put it in.

    – George Cousins

  • I posted it for the Challenge, worked today

    – George Cousins

  • Nicole W.
    Nicole W.over 2 years ago

  • Thanks Nicole, much appreciated!

    – George Cousins

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...about 2 years ago


  • Many thanks Jane, greatly appreciated!

    – George Cousins

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