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Dale Gervais has 22 articles published.

Dale Gervais has been actively researching and documenting the history of the Canadian Army Film & Photo Unit since 2006. Dale is currently employed as a Film Conservator at Library & Archives Canada.

W/O Frank Hall RCAF: Canadian Medical Photographer

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    Sgt. Frank Hall with camera (Photographer Unknown) courtesy Shelley Scurrah.
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    W/O Frank Hall (left) Unknown (right) ~ (Photographer unknown) courtesy Shelley Scurrah.
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    Anson Accident Jan. 31st 1941 ~ Photo credit W/O Frank Hall : courtesy Shelley Scurrah.
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    Modified 35mm Bell & Howell Eyemo, 'Moanin Minnie' invented by W/O Frank Hall; Photo credit: W/O Frank Hall.
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    Modified 35mm Bell & Howell Eyemo, 'Moanin Minnie' invented by W/O Frank Hall; Photo credit: W/O Frank Hall.
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    Modified 35mm Bell & Howell Eyemo, 'Moanin Minnie' invented by W/O Frank Hall; Photo credit: W/O Frank Hall.
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    Frank Hall at the University of Toronto setting up the lighting to film the autopsy of the Egyptian mummy Nakht. Photo credit: Ian Whan.
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    Frank Hall with camera films while medical staff work on the autopsy of the Egyptian mummy Nakht. Photo credit: Ian Whan.
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    Frank Hall inspecting a reel of 16mm motion picture film

Earlier this year I had been contacted by Shelley Scurrah, whose great grandfather Frank Hall was a photographer during WWII with the RCAF. Frank Hall went on to shoot motion picture film for medical procedures in Toronto, and in 1974 filmed the autopsy of Nakht an Egyptian mummy currently at the Royal Ontario Museum.  Frank also invented a photo enlarger while in the RCAF, using a Bell & Howell Eyemo, which they affectionately called Moanin’ Minnie. Many thanks to Shelley Scurrah and the Hall family for sharing Frank Halls many accomplishments with me for use on this website. * * * *   FRANK HALL – Date of birth: October 23,…

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Michael D. Spencer – November 9, 1919 – April 20, 2016

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    Michael Spencer holding a Bell & Howell Eyemo cine camera. Credit: The Way We Were by Ken Bell - © University of Toronto Press 1988.
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    Group photo Canadian Army Film Unit. Left to right: (back row) Michael Spencer, Gordon Sparling, Nadine Manning, Mrs. Moffit, Marjorie Cox, Gordon McClain (front row) Unid, Lew Weekes, Ken Ewart.
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    Four Old Sweats - Clockwise from top left; Michael Spencer, Alan Grayston, Nadine Manning, Gordon Sparling.
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    Army News interview on the occasion of the dedication of the new Editing Suite honouring the Veterans of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit, Tuesday November 10th, 2009, National Printing Bureau, 45 Sacre-Coeur Boulevard, Gatineau, Quebec.
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    Army News interview: Michael Spencer and Chuck Ross. Tuesday November 10th, 2009.
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    Canadian Forces poster presentation to Michael Spencer. Tuesday November 10th, 2009.
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    Group interview with Don Newman Tuesday, November 10th, 2009, Lobby National Printing Bureau, 45 Sacre-Coeur Boulevard, Gatineau, Quebec.
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    Dedication of the new Editing Suite honouring the Veterans of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit, Tuesday November 10th, 2009.
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    Presentation to Michael Spencer of Canadian Army Newsreel t-shirt during interview at his home, Oct. 25, 2007.
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    "Capt. Mike Spencer snapped by yours truly (Gordon Sparling) as he gazed from Hitler’s office in the Chancellery. July 1945." Photo by Gordon Sparling - courtesy, Brock Silversides, Director, University of Toronto Media Commons.

It is with great sadness that I create this post in memory of Michael Desbois Spencer, former member of the Canadian Army Film & Photo Unit. Michael was one of the four original members that formed the Unit in the fall of 1941. I was privileged to have met both Michael and his wife Maqbool on several occasions, the first being an interview I was granted to perform at their home on October 25, 2007. He will be greatly missed. ABOUT MICHAEL: Michael was born In England, and was on holiday in British Columbia when war broke out in 1939. Without a way to get back home, Michael decided to travel…

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