Appearing at The Embassy – 1973

This ad ran in the Windsor Star in February, 1973. It advertises upcoming bands playing at the Embassy Hotel, one of the bands scheduled in the ad was a little Canadian band by the name of Rush.

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Today the Embassy Hotel, is best known as the Little Memphis Cabaret. If you’re a music fan at all, think about the fact that Rush once played in this buildingnext time you cruise by the corner of Tecumseh and Alexis.

Tunnel Bar-B-Q – 1954

From the same Windsor Tourist Guide of 1954, comes this ad that has been posted on this site previously. It was last posted back in 2008. But that was five years ago, and it is an interesting ad, that is now 49 years old. There aren’t too many restaurants in Windsor still serving up dishes after a half century…

Tourist Information – 1948

From the 1948 Windsor And Essex County Visitor’s Guide



    Above is shown the Ontario Government Information Centre at the Detroit-Windsor vehicle tunnel. The reception centre is directly opposite the tunnel exit. second (sic) one is at the exit of the Ambassador Bridge. The port of Windsor is Canada’s largest port of entry for American visitors to Canada.Ontario Government Travel and Publicity Department maintain a highly trained staff, under the supervision of Mr. R. L. Henry at their reception centres who have the travel information you want, right at thier finger-tips, to assist out-of-town visitors… to add to your comfort and enjoyment on your Canadian trip.

Argon Apartments – 435 Dougall Rd. – 1982

From The Windsor Star – August 12, 1982:

CAROL DE JONG, 10, and Troy Mills pedal in front of the Argon Apartments on Dougall Avenue

Court orders apartment torn down

    A Windsor landlord was fined $300 for violating an Ontario Fire Marshal’s order to demolish the Argon Apartments at 435 Dougall Rd.

    Antonio Talerico was given the order last February after his building was nearly destroyed because of arson in January.

    City fire inspector Bill Tape said he believes the February demolition order was the first ever used by the fire department in Windsor. The order gave the owner 90 days to tear down the 20-unit building and Talerico, of 390 Cameron Ave., failed to meet his deadline, Tape said. Talerico was unavailable for comment.

    The landlord was charged with failing to comply with the fire marshal’s order.

    He now has another 30 days to rip down the building.

    The building was the target of arsonists last winter when it was hit by three fires with the last, in January, being the worst.

    That fire burned out the top two floors of the building and seriously damaged the bottom two floors.

    It left the brick work seriously weakened and caused concern among neighbors (sic) in the area, including Tony Carnelos, the principal of nearby St. Alphonsus school, who wrote the fire department complaining of the unsafe building.

    Tape said the building is so weak a strong wind could send brick and mortar tumbling to the sidewalk. There are a number of children in the area and Tape said the building is a hazard.

    It has also become a temporary home for transients. The building was boarded up, but transients have worked their way in, Tape said.

    That has lead to another small fire breaking out.

    Tape said his department and the city building department were working together on what to o about the building and decided, because of the fire damage, to proceed under the Fire Marshal’s Act.

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I believe this is where the building was located.

Diane Shoes – 1939

From the Windsor Daily Star – December 30, 1939:

    After alterations are completed the new greater Diane Shoe Store will be located on Ouellette avenue in the present building. The new store will have three times its former floor space, with the first floor, basement and mezzanine shoe departments. It will be the only air-conditioned shoe store in Windsor and one of the most beautiful in the United States or Canada. The Weingarden brothers, who operate the Diane Shoe Stores, have been in business for the past 25 years, but the name Weingarden can be carried back to 44 years of shoe retailing in Windsor. The present Diane Shoe Store on Ouellette avenue will be closed on January 15 and reopen March 1. Temporary location will be 515 Ouellette avenue (the store formerly occupied by Baker’s Shoes)

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Looks like they’re still around, although now located on Ottawa Street. Based on the article above, the business of Diane Shoes was started in 1914, that make it 99 years old this year…

1934 Walkerville Town Council

From the Border Cities Star – January 3, 1934:

    The 1934 Walkerville Town Council met for the first time at Willistead Tuesday and got all organized for a year of hard work. The new council, together with A. E. Cock, the town clerk, posed for this picture as they left the meeting. Front row, left to right: Councillors Griggs and Long, Mayor Farrow, and Councillors Martin and Chick; and back row, left to right: Mr. Cock and Councillors Cooper and MacMillan. Councillor Griggs is the new member of the town’s governing body.

Park & Victoria – 1926

From the Border Cities Star – September 27, 1926:

Staunch Old Elms Planted in 1865, to Fall

    Hydro railway workmen will soon dig their axes into the trunks of these two fine old elms, located at the corner of Park street and Victoria avenue. The trees, which have stood as shady landmarks for 61 years, were planted by Alex Black, retired Windsor assessment commissioner when he was an employee of the old dry goods firm of Cameron and Thorburn, predecessor to the present firm of Bartlet, Macdonald and Gow. The elms were planted on May 24, 1865, together with a small hawthorn that stands further down the street. Mr. Black brought them in from a bush south of Tecumseh road. The trees adjoin the residence of Mrs. F. H. Mann.

Detroit Police Country Club – Wheatley – 1926

So apparently the Detroit Police once had their own private country club on Lake Erie, just outside of Wheatley. It was built in 1926, but I can’t find any other information about the place. These are construction photos I’ve come across, so it was actually built. I’m hoping someone out there knows something about it… Like where exactly it was, what happened to the building, the club?

From the Border Cities Star – November 20, 1926:

    Situated on the shores of Lake Erie, six miles from, the village of Wheatley, is the Detroit Police Country Club, one of the most unique of its kind in America. A luxurious $50,000 clubhouse is under course of construction and the ground is being prepared for golf, tennis, baseball and children’s playgrounds.

    Surrounding the club house is 23 acres of beautiful landscape, while in front there is a stretch of 700 feet of bathing beach. Officials of the organization hope to hold the opening next spring.

A 9 hole golf course was one of the features of the property. The second and third floors contained a total of 41 bedrooms, for the accommodation of club members, for weekend getaways and longer vacations as well. There were also plans to run a bus service for members who didn’t want to drive.

Quite a place, and a bit of the forgotten history of Essex County.