Photo Du Jour – October 28, 2005 – Canadian Club

October 28, 2005

For many years, the Canadian Club sign illuminated the Windsor Shoreline, relentlesly advertising the Distillery’s wares. Now it’s been gone less than a decade, but is probably forgotten by many.

The sign however had quite a history.

This photo above is from c. 1920, and shows the first sign. That sign above was designed by Architect Albert Kahn, and erected in 1900. It was the World’s largest electric sign. It was 150 feet wide, by 60 feet tall, and contained 4,300 light bulbs. (Sign facts from the Walkerville Times

The second version was even bigger. It covered the roof of the grain Silos as seen in this postcard shot from the late 1960’s. That sign was around from the early to mid 1960’s until the late 1990’s, when it was demolished as it was deemed structurally unsound. It was according to stories, the largest Neon Sign in the world at one time.

Today the silos are sign free, and the sign a distant memory…

4 Responses to Photo Du Jour – October 28, 2005 – Canadian Club

  1. dETROITfUNK on October 29, 2005 at 2:50 am


  2. Ray on October 30, 2005 at 8:51 pm

    What’s even better is that CC is now also the official importer for Kahlua…so…Black Russians for all! :)

  3. Uzzy on January 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I spy the Peabody bridge in the background.

  4. RJ on January 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I would like to buy an image of the old neon CC sign. It was great to watch it light-up at night one letter at a time, first in sparkling white-then red, flash and begin again. I used to watch it from the fantail of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble in 1970-1971. Sorry to see it gone when I visited in 2013.

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