Saturday, May 16, 2015

Never-before Seen John Lennon and Yoko Ono ‘Bed-In’ Photos Found in Outaouais, Canada

As the Vietnam War raged in 1969, Yoko Ono and her husband John Lennon held two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace, one at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and one in Montreal, each of which were intended to be non-violent protests against wars, and experimental tests of new ways to promote peace.

John Urban found a 36 roll of negatives of the famous John Lennon and Yoko Ono bed-in at a Montreal hotel in 1969. This is the only photo he released to CBC News.

46 years later, a man in Outaouais, Canada has made an amazing discovery. While searching for an old negative of a snow sculpture, John Urban accidentally came across negatives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono bed-in at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969 that he had never seen before.

John Urban looks at negatives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono,
taken at a hotel in Montreal in 1969. (Photo: CBC)
"I was pleasantly surprised," he told CBC News. "It made my day."

At first, Urban thought the negatives must surely belong to his former roommate, Frank Antonsen, who had borrowed his camera to take shots at the bed-in. He thought Antonsen must have left the roll in the camera by mistake.

However, CBC News interviewed Antonsen, who said that while he was at the bed-in as a journalist, he had only taken a tape recorder with him, not a camera. He did say that Nathan Wolkowitz, a photographer who attended the event with him, might have taken the photos, but he has since apparently passed away.

"It was a 36-exposure roll," Urban said. "I look at these and say, I'd better put them on the scanner and blow them up cause I've never seen them before. They're all candid photos."

(Photo: CBC)

(Photo: CBC)

(Photo: CBC)

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