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St Andrew’s Church – Park & Victoria

December 17, 2014

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, was built in 1895 to replace an earlier structure that burned down. It was designed by the architectural firm of Spier & Rohns of Detroit, it is built in the Richardson Romanesque Style. Spier & Rohns designed many churches in Detroit, as well as several in London. Spier & Rohns...

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Dominion Public Building – c. 1935

December 15, 2014

An old postcard view of the old Paul Martin Sr. building, shortly after its opening in 1933. Over the last decade or so the building has really fallen on hard times, and despite a few proposals being floated, no renovation or sale of the...

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Gus’s – 2685 Howard Ave – 1954

December 12, 2014

At Kavanaugh’s Motel in Remington Park. There’s still a motel at that location today, but was the restaurant a long gone stand alone building or was it in the House/Office at the front of the property? Anyone remember a restaurant here?

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Hertel’s Coffee Shop – Highway 98 – Comber

December 8, 2014

Ok, here’s one for the Essex County experts out there… Any guesses about this one? Old Highway 98, was renamed County Rd 46 in 1970. There’s a vacant lot...

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Chuck’s Grill – 1824 Wyandotte St E

December 5, 2014
Chuck’s Grill – 1824 Wyandotte St E

Windsor’s most popular dining place according to the ad above from June, 1954. From the best I can tell this must have been located in the lot east of...

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Prince Edward Hotel Lobby Clock – 1937

December 3, 2014
Prince Edward Hotel Lobby Clock – 1937

A neat view inside the lobby of the long lost Prince Edward hotel. The caption on the back reads: “Clock over desk in lobby of the Prince Edward Hotel,...

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Sandwich Street – Walkerville – c. 1905

December 1, 2014

Image © Bernie Drouillard Collection, digitized by John Stefani A view of Sandwich Street, in front of the Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery. This view is looking west and...

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Howard & Division c 1928

November 28, 2014

Image © Bernie Drouillard Collection, digitized by John Stefani An interesting shot looking south on Howard Avenue, from the intersection with Division road. Today’s shot, once again comes from...

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Greyhound Bus Terminal – Ouellette Ave c 1930

November 26, 2014
Greyhound Bus Terminal – Ouellette Ave c 1930

Image © Bernie Drouillard Collection, digitized by John Stefani A shot of the old Greyhound Station, on Ouellette & Park about 1930. I think a similar picture has been...

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Windsor – Detroit Tunnel Entrance c 1974

November 24, 2014

  A neat shot showing the long running GM new look coaches. The last of these weren’t retried until about 4 or 5 years ago. The old sign at...

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The Border Cities – Canada’s Southern Gateway – 1929

November 21, 2014

Most of the old photos from 1929 posted over the last few weeks came from this old promotional booklet. I’m posting the cover today only because I think it’s...

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Essex County – 1929

November 19, 2014

  A old map pointing out all the settlements of Essex County in 1929, and showing crops, rivers, and other tourist highlights.

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Low Tolls – No Congestion – Ambassador Bridge – 1937

November 17, 2014

Some things sure have changed in the last 77 years… No congestion? Not so much. Low tolls? Not at all. Sidewalk? Closed.   Interestingly, despite this ad being post-amalgamation,...

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Hotel Moore – Kingsville – 1937

November 14, 2014

Formerly and once again the King’s Hotel. Located on Main Street in Kingsville, this one is an IM anomaly as it’s still standing and has been restored back to...

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The Honeymoon Nest – 1929

November 12, 2014

A photo that appeared in a promotional booklet from 1929, shows the above with the caption: “Honeymoon Nest, Walkerville Tourist Camp” I half looked for the location of this...

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Never Forget – 11 – 11

November 10, 2014

  In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard...

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The Royal Windsor Garage – 334 Dougall – 1937

November 7, 2014

Another one for the lost Windsor category. The long demolish Royal Windsor Garage. The Royal Windsor Garage was located on Dougall between University and Park, and sat to the...

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Ouellette & Pitt – c. 1929

November 5, 2014

A view of Ouellette Avenue at the end of the boom years. This shot shows the two major local downtown department stores, Bartlet, MacDonald & Gow as well as...

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Hotel Lake View – Amherstburg – 1937

November 3, 2014

  Back out to Essex County today, does anyone have anything they can add about this place? It’s not Windsor, so there’s always the chance it’s still standing. If...

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The Bottling Room – Hiram Walker & Sons – 1899

October 31, 2014

An old colourized photograph showing the Bottling Department at Hiram Walker & Sons, back in 1899. An interesting glimpse into our industrial heritage. Halloween tonight, if you’re driving around...

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The House of Hospitality – 1938

October 29, 2014

An old ad for the long gone Norton Palmer Hotel at Park & Pelissier. Hard to imagine such a grand old hotel once stood downtown. It’s a shame it...

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Division Street – Kingsville – c 1929

October 27, 2014

Today we head out to Essex County and this view that was captioned as the “Famous Maple Arch of Division Street, Kingsville”. A neat old look back to some...

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Bartlet MacDonald & Gow Ltd – 1937

October 24, 2014

An old Ad for Bartlet, MacDonald & Gow, a long time downtown Windsor independent department store. It was founded in 1860, and stayed part of the Windsor retail scene...

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The Lawn of Hiram Walker – 1899

October 22, 2014

This view looking west from what is today known as the Canadian Club Brand Centre, shows some of the long lost distillery buildings. The white grain silos today sit...

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Ford City Bathing Beach – c 1930

October 20, 2014

Over the weekend, I found another shot of what was by then called the East Windsor Bathing Beach. Ford City was renamed East Windsor in 1929, with the arrival...

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Ford City Bathing Beach

October 17, 2014

A postcard view from the early 1930’s showing what was known as the Ford City Bathing Beach or the East Windsor Bathing Beach, and finally in the cast of...

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2490 McDougall – Demolished

October 15, 2014

Back in May, we took a look at 2490 McDougall which was then living on borrowed time. Sometime over the last couple of weeks, the building eaters came in...

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View From The Walkerville Fire Hall – 1895

October 10, 2014

Photo courtesy SWODA This photo appeared in “Souvenir : Windsor and Walkerville, May, 1895 : Official Programme of Grand Military Demonstration, May 24th, 25th, and 26th, 1895.” published in...

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S.W. & A Car 407 – Devonshire Rd – 1939

October 6, 2014

Photo © from the Collection of Bernie Drouillard The above photo comes to us from the collection of Bernie Drouillard and digitized for us by John Stefani. As always...

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Dougall Avenue Rail Overpasses – 1972

October 3, 2014

So a few weeks back, there was a post with a photo looking at the Dougall “Super-Highway” from 1931. In the comments on that thread Tom D says he...

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