Wyandotte Street – 1912

An interesting postcard view simply labeled as Wyandotte Street. No cross street is given. Seeing as it is labeled as Windsor and not Walkerville, it must be somewhere in the core area, maybe Victoria, Dougall, Janette? No clues to the direction either. Anyone have any guesses or thoughts?

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  1. Seems quite narrow to be Wyandotte and the houses are fairly set back. I do love how there are flowers and plants on each corner.

  2. sandillriviera

    Hard to imagine what a pleasant place this once was. Travel Wyandotte today and try to find this. Being 1912 Windsor did not include Sandwich or Walkerville. From the look of the shadows I would say it is looking east. The houses look “turn of the century”. but the trees look 20 to 30 years old. South of Wyandotte was still some farming given that there are craftsman style homes in the area.

  3. If that’s Dougall (and it could be) that would mean the house on the corner was just recently demolished.

  4. Grumpy Old Man on Porch

    We can only hope to match this photo up with whatever parking lot is at that intersection now…

  5. Ted in Toronto

    Interesting looking street lamp, if that is what that red thing is hanging above the corner.

  6. There’s just too many houses for it to be Wyandotte I’m thinking it’s a side street off Wyandotte someplace

  7. In my humblest opinion, it is of the vacinity of Bruce Avenue and Wyandotte Street. If only there were some majestic Douglas firs in the photograph, my life would be complete.

  8. The red tublar object above the street at left appears to be a “Pendant Arc Lamp”
    A similar streetlight from around the 1910s is shown (on the right) here. http://www.uvm.edu/landscape/dating/street_lighting/mast_and_pendant_files/image003.jpg

    The image is from a University of Vermont web site about the history of street lighting. The pendant arc lamp remained a trend into the 1920s and early 1930s. More details here http://www.uvm.edu/~eandre/Landscape_Change_Program/Street_Lighting/Mast_and_pendant.htm

  9. @rws: What were pendant arc lamps powered by? Was it natural gas, electricity, or maybe plasma?

  10. Ron, These were electrical lamps in which two carbon rods were energized and held together creating the bright arc. The workings are explained here: http://www.edisontechcenter.org/ArcLamps.html

  11. I agree with sandillriviera that the shadowing places this view at a northeast corner. The roof details and brick colour have me guessing that it is either the NE corner of Moy Ave. or or Hall Ave. at Assumption St. Both of these residences have fairly substantial setbacks even taking into consideration the possibility of street widening over the years. I doubt that the fancy balcony porch would have survived to serve as a present day clue.

  12. Wyandotte was not widened. I don’t think it is Hall Ave as there are two houses I can think of north and south (Wyandotte being the street left to right) that are not shown in this picture and are still standing today.

  13. Dave, the homes to which I was referring are at the intersection with Assumption St. (just north of Wyandotte). I don’t think any of the streets in that postcard are consistent with Wyandotte St. They appear to be in a residential setting.

  14. I find it hard to believe that either street at this intersection is Wyandotte. I think Wyandotte has streetcar rails by 1910.

  15. @rws: That is a Most Interesting article. Many thank-yous!

    @JBM: That is a Most Astute observation re the missing street car rails! That makes Assumption Street a much likelier candidate and it renders our previous guesses about Wyandotte Street most very likely perchance Totally Wrong!

  16. @everyone: Does any body else have any ideas where in the Heck this intersection just as well may be today?

  17. Here’s a postcard view of Victoria Avenue around 1913.


    The style of houses are so different, and the trees taller, that it makes it seem unlikely the picture of Wyandotte Street above is from this area.

    Note the sidewalks in the Victoria Street card. In the distance the walks jog in closer to the houses. That might help identify the exact location.

  18. @rws: That is a Most Astute observation about the side walks!

  19. http://swoda.uwindsor.ca/content/59

    from Windsor, Ontario, 1913 by Gardner

    Look at the larger .jpg or .tiff file; this is almost certainly Wyandotte Street looking east, from Victoria Avenue. The house (porch), streetscaping, and the pendant arc lamp all match.

  20. HOLY MOLY Katharine what a Most Excellent Find! I am seeing that to which of you are referring and I am thinking that Yes you are on to The Truth here!

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