Peter Engbers: "Thanks for posting the pictures of the centennial stamps and postcards. I started collecting in '67 when my dad brought home an envelope from work with a UN stamp commemorating Canada's centennial. We had the opportunity to see the Centennial Caravan when it came to our village in rural Ontario and I also remember seeing the 67-X, a special edition of the Oldsmobile Toronado."
Horst Kahlmeier: "This was truly a magical innocent period of time in our young lives. I was 16 and unfortunately didn't make it to Expo. I had to spend my school holiday working in a factory making car seats made of real springs. It was certainly the topic of much joy for all Canadians. I do not have any personal photos unfortunately‚ but a few souvenirs perhaps somewhere. I have a nearly complete collection of all of the different city centennial symbol machine cancellations although only on cut squares mostly with some covers."
Peter Fraser: "Although there are no photos from Expo 67, I certainly have great memories of the event. It was my first major trip outside the world I had been living in. Thru friends of my mother I took the train to Montreal and stayed in Ville D'Anjou spending 4 days at the fair. Life changing!"
Ede Wolk: "1967 and Expo 67 issues bring back fond memories of being a 16 yr old boy with an immense curious nature having the best of the world on display in his hometown. On the first day of Expo I had my Expo passport/ season ticket stolen. Pickpockets were rampant on the site. Sadly my parents would not provide me the money to purchase a replacement yet happily my downstairs neighbor worked in the evenings at Expo as part of the cleaning crew and let me use his employee pass which had no photograph attached so now my days at Expo was in the guise of a somewhat older Greek person named Steve Hadzipetros!
"My good fortune would continue…my sister found me a job working at one of the many souvenir shops. Now I could return to my original identity. One of the perks was that anyone who worked onsite was given priority entrance to the pavilions and believe me there were some long queues! One of the most popular pavilions was the Czech…the Laterna Magika show was a huge sensation! The USA and USSR pavilions were also very popular. I recall a story as the workers were setting up the pavilions. There was a parrot on display at the Ethiopian pavilion and in the course of setting up the display the workers taught the parrot to say many local curse words. When this was discovered by the officials the poor parrot was exiled!
"Another big hit was La Ronde…the amusement park….great fun!
"Another favourite pavilion for me was Mexico. I enjoyed hearing the mariachi band that played on its terrace each day. I was there so often you can see me on the printed postcard. That's me in the lower right hand corner, in profile with my left hand touching my chin…or eating something???
"The old French pavilion is one of the few remaining structures on the Expo site. It now houses the Casino de Montreal. The other being the USA pavilion which is now the Biosphere, a museum dedicated to the environment. Most of the pavilions after Expo were donated to the City of Montreal. The USSR pavilion was dismantled in reassembled in Moscow.
"In the summer of 1968 the city decided to make the site a semi-permanent fixture including the participation of many of the exhibiting countries. Now re branded as Terre des Hommes/Man and His World it continued to be an exhibition site until 1981. Most of the buildings having outlived their lifespan were demolished and now it's a park."