It’s Big, Battered, Bruised, and Beautiful

My dad and I started the scrapbook together when I was little and he gradually bowed out and let me carry on.

It’s old now, many of the pages are loose, and it’s battered and beat up. But it’s my treasure. I used to invite friends from the old neighbourhood over – “Hey, you wanna come over and see my scrapbook?” and they would and then we’d play road hockey and pose like the players we had just seen in the book.

Here’s the first few pages. The cover was done by my dad, who was a sign painter.

The photos enlarge when clicked on.

A Christmas card Maurice Richard sent me when I was seven sits on the inside cover at the beginning.
Inside the Christmas card
The action photo at the top shows the Rocket just seconds before his Achilles tendon was sliced, which kept him out for months. And on the right, a nice family photo of the Richard clan. Also on this page, Rocket shows sons Normand and Andre his massive scrapbook.
An autographed picture sent to me from the Rocket, plus some ticket stubs and a photo of Rocket looking at his goals tally are part of this page.

5 thoughts on “It’s Big, Battered, Bruised, and Beautiful”

  1. Hey Dennis,You know,that is something to be proud of,I wish I would have done something like that when I was younger,something to look back on but never thought of it then.We’ll be heading your way next month,takeining in the Lions and Allouette’s game on the 8th,hopefully see you after that.

  2. Dennis Kane’s Big, Battered, Bruised and Beautiful Scrapbook is truly one of the wonders of the world.

  3. I’m in love with this book. I’ve always felt it was an amazing thing to have. I know you can get the book re-bounded but I’m not sure how much it would cost. It’s amazing that it’s lasted thing long. It’s a treasure.

  4. Darth, it’s very much a treasure. It’s my most cherished item as it was such a big part of my childhood. I can’t count the hours I’ve spent going through it, looking at every detail of every player. I just hope that when I’m gone it’ll be treated with respect.

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