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There was this panic and she was trying to bat out all these pieces of burning cloth … so I remember this party very specifically.

Interview with John Geddes

September 14, 2016

John Geddes tells Margi McKay about his 1953 Hallowe’en/birthday party, when an unintentional small fire forced the cancellation of his mom’s plans for a spooky game in the basement.

Halloween Party, 1953
John Geddes (L) with Bob Geddes (R)

He explains why this particular photo evokes such detailed memories about the house itself, which was on Mornington Avenue in London, Ontario. 

Another photo (right), taken outside their house about the same time, shows John with his younger brother Bob.