1959 -The Clark Street Sun, witness of the technological innovations of its time


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In The Clark St. Sun of July 1959, an ad by radio station CKVL describes the advantages of a new broadcasting method: FM. Until then, AM dominated the airwaves and listeners had to deal with poor sound quality, static and other unwanted noise on the radio. The advent of FM radio would allow hi-fi and stereophonic broadcasts to reach households that owned a FM radio set (not all houses did in 1959, as the ad indicates).

In 1959, CKVL, the Verdun-based bilingual radio station, broadcasted on two frequencies: 850 on the AM dial and at 96.9 on the FM dial. In 1976, it gave up its FM station and the frequency was taken over by French commercial station CKOI-FM, on the air since.


On the right, another technological innovation of the times: the Verifax copier. The process used silver salts to reproduce the reverse side of a negative matrix. Verifax machines were used all through the sixties, but it fell into disuse as the Xerox process, still used in today’s copiers, became increasingly popular.

In the fifties, The Clark St. Sun publishers used various methods to print their newspaper, some more basic (carbon paper, spirit duplicator), others more professional (higher-end copy machines, printing press), as their project developed. In July 1959, the paper was already done on printing press.