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1940s images from the national archives.

Mercury Transit 1940

Mercury Transit 1940

Victoria Centre members preparing for the transit of Mercury on 1940 November 11.

Observers:  Stilwell, Wright, Everall, Mrs. Ley, Miss Humeston, Shaw.

Telescopes: Hopkins, Shaw, DAO, Peters.

Photograph by L. Hopkins. Original print at DDO. Published in JRASC, 35, 1 (1941).

Eclipse 19450705

Eclipse 19450705

Solar eclipse 1945 July 5.

Enlargement in DDO files.

RASC-AAVSO 1940 #3

RASC-AAVSO 1940 #3

Joint RASC-AAVSO meeting in at DDO, 1940 June 1.

Upper row: Helen Federer, ..., Edwin[?] Fadler, Marie Thompson.

Lower row: Charles Elmer, R.K. Young, Mrs. C.A. Chant, Dr. C.A. Chant, Leon Campbell, H.S. Hogg (hat), S.C. Brown, David Pickering.

RASC-AAVSO 1940 #2

RASC-AAVSO 1940 #2

Joint RASC-AAVSO meeting in at DDO, 1940 June 1.

RASC-AAVSO 1940

RASC-AAVSO 1940

Joint RASC-AAVSO meeting in at DDO, 1940 June 1.

Wates Scope 1943

Wates Scope 1943

Wates Telescope, September 1943. JRASC 37, 265 (1943) not published. Original print at DDO.

Possibly in the picture: A. McKeller, J. Campbell, J. Pearce, Lt. Gov. J.C. Bowen, C. Wates, Pres. Nelson.

Stellafane 1948

Stellafane 1948

Stellafane, August 1948. Mr. A.V. Whipple's prize-winning telescope. F. de Kinder, the two judges, Mr. & Mrs. Whipple.

Sent by Louie Bernstein, Montreal Centre.

P. Millman, 1946

P. Millman, 1946

Peter M. Millman, RCAF Squadron Leader. 1946 January 9.

F.S. Hogg

F.S. Hogg

This is none other than Frank Scott Hogg, Ph.D. (Harvard), Professor of Astronomy, etc, etc, and also the husband of Helen Hogg. I am sure you can find an obituary in the Journal [JRASC 45,1]. Frank had a weak heart and died prematurely in 1949, I believe -- otherwise he would have been the third Director of DDO. It is a good picture of him, showing his piercing but firendly eyes.

Photo by R. Northcott, Nov. 1950. Note by D.A. MacRae, 1998.

R.E. Williamson

R.E. Williamson

This man, with the Mephistophelian/Orson Wellsian visage, is Ralph E. Williamson, Ph.D. Chicago, a student of Chandrasekhar. Ralph came to UofT/DDO in 1946 or so. He and I had been great friends together at Cornell. At the start of WWII, we found ourselves teaching navigation to US Navy Midshipmen recruits. Then I went to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Ralph stayed on for a bit, working with Charles Seeger onthe Cornell radio astronomy project (now Aricebo) that Charles initiated. Ralph left DDO abruptly to go to Los Alamos, in 1952 or 1953, leaving behind his wife Dorothy Williamson.

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