Ouellette & Sandwich – 1899

August 15, 2014
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An old shot, looking north towards the ferry dock dated from 1899. On the left is the old Merchants Bank building and the Wigle Bros Hotel, which was demolished and replaced with the old TD Bank building. A detail shot of the the streetscape on the right hand side, and north of Sandwich Street...

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Riverfront Follies Nightclub – c. 1973

August 13, 2014
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The Riverfront Follies Nightclub at 93 Riverside Drive East, would have put this about the south west corner of Riverside and Goyeau? Anyone out there remember this place? Was this Tracey Starr’s?

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Little Bavaria

August 11, 2014
Little Bavaria

Hope everyone had a good weekend! Here today we have an old advertisement for the Little Bavaria Tavern. Located beside Mario’s at 747 Ouellette Ave (in the building that was last known as Bentley’s) You can see the Little Bavaria in this photo above, that first appeared in this post from June, 2012. Anyone...

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Peter’s Bar-B-Q Inn – Kingsville – 1954

August 8, 2014
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Here’s another old Essex County restaurant ad, this one from Kingsville this time, and from Peter’s Bar-B-Q Inn, which was proclaimed as “Kingsville’s Favourite Eating Place”. The last post on Diana’s in Leamington brought out lots of stories, hopefully this one will too. Have a great weekend everyone, see you back here Monday!

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Proposed Parking Garage – 1927 – Victoria and Park

August 6, 2014
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In the accompanying illustrations are shown the proposed 300 cars or more ramp garage building to be erected at the north east corner of Victoria Avenue and Park Street by Securities Development, Limited, owners of the new Security office building. The smaller drawing below gives an excellent idea of how cars are driven in...

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Ford Powerhouse Rendering

August 1, 2014
Ford Powerhouse Rendering

Photo from the Chris Edwards collection A nice rendering here above from the engineering firm dated 1950, showing the view of the powerhouse following the expansion of the building. I love old renderings, architects and engineers used to have talented artistic employees working for them. Thanks to Chris Edwards of Walkerville Publishing, for the...

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Ford Powerhouse – c. 1955

July 30, 2014
Ford Powerhouse – c. 1955

A view of the Ford Powerhouse on Riverside Drive and Cadillac, from the mid 1950’s shortly after it was expanded. Originally designed by Albert Kahn in 1924, the building still stands, and is still in use today. Hiding in the left corner is a nice view of the old Riverview Hospital (demolished).

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Point Pelee – 1954

July 28, 2014
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A view from 1954 showing the entrance to Point Pelee National Park. Interesting to note the little blurb about Daylight Saving Time. It would be weird to have an hour’s difference between Windsor and Detroit. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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1077 Ouellette

July 25, 2014
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The 1908 Tudor Revival house at 1077 Ouellette Ave, finally met the wrecking ball earlier this week. This house was part of a heritage fight to preserve it that ultimately lost. A nice house, and one of the least altered and most original on that stretch of Ouellette, it’s now gone and in its...

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Diana Restaurant – Leamington – 1954

July 23, 2014
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Happy Wednesday everyone! Here today is an old advertisement for The Diana Restaurant in Leamington. Sounds like this place was around since the late teensĀ and made it to at least the mid 1950’s. Any county folk have any memories of the place?

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Hon. James Baby

July 21, 2014
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Today we take a look at James Baby, the man who built the second owner of the Duff-Baby house at the corner of Russell & Mill.That house built about 1790, is still standing and is Windsor’s oldest building. As for James Baby, the builder (pictured above) Frederick Neal’s book has this to say: HON....

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Sandwich Street Looking East – 1895

July 18, 2014
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Photo from the SWODA This photograph comes from the Official Programme of Grand Military Demonstration, May 24th, 25th, and 26th, 1895 courtesy of the SWODA. This shot is looking east along Sandwich street from Ferry street, beside the old Crawford House Hotel. In the distance on the right hand side of the road the...

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City Hall – 1920

July 16, 2014
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A view of City Hall Square from 1920. This building served as Windsor’s second City Hall, and was replaced in the mid 1950’s, by the third and current city hall, which is currently scheduled for replacement as well. Prior to becoming Windsor’s second City Hall, the building above served as a school.

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Jackson Park Sunken Gardens – c 1940

July 14, 2014
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A nice view from the same set of postcards as Friday’s shot. This one is looking at Kennedy Collegiate from Jackson Park, which I won’t deny is my favourite park in the city. I hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Windsor Yacht Club – c 1940

July 11, 2014
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A neat old postcard view of the Windsor Yacht Club, located out on Windsor’s far east side. If anyone out there is a boat expert, you’d probably be able to pin down the date a little more accurately based on the boats in this picture…. Hope everyone has a great weekend. See you back...

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Alexander Chewett

July 9, 2014
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A early resident of Sandwich, Alexander Chewett is remembered today by the short little street bearing his name today in Sandwich. From Frederick Neal’s Township of Sandwich, is the following information to go with the photo above… ALEXANDER CHEWETT Was born in Canada in 1800 and while only a lad of tender years, he...

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Old Utility Poles – Tecumseh Road East

July 7, 2014
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First off, this post was supposed to appear on Friday. It wasn’t until late Saturday afternoon before I realized that I hadn’t scheduled it properly… So.. I’m sorry to everyone who came by on Friday and ended up seeing nothing new… Now on to the post… One of my favourite little bits of history...

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Parkview Tower – 76 Tecumseh Rd E

July 2, 2014
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While out for a walk on Canada Day, I noticed this nice mid century numbering over the front door of the Parkview Tower Apartments. I never noticed this lettering before either, there are all kinds things that you notice when you get out on foot or on a bicycle. The building, while nothing outstanding...

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Airport Terminal Construction – 1956

June 27, 2014
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From the Windsor Daily Star – July 30, 1956 TERMINAL TAKING SHAPE – The new $615,000 Windsor Airport Terminal, which will include immigration, customs and quarantine facilities for international operations, is gradually taking form. Steel is up, most of the concrete floors poured, rough plumbing is going in and tinsmith work also is underway....

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Wilkinson Homestead – Chippawa Street

June 25, 2014
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Sticking with “The Township of Sandwich” and with Chippawa Street in the west end, I noticed this old photo. It’s captioned: The Col. John A. Wilkinson Homestead Chippewa Street, Sandwich. Interesting to note, at some time in the last century the spelling of the street changed from Chippewa to Chippawa…. The book also has...

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Peter and Chippewa – Then and Now

June 23, 2014
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From Frederick Neal’s “Township of Sandwich” in 1909: Looking from the intersection of Peter street, west to the Detroit River. The two old fashioned dwellings on the right of the picture are said to be much over 100 years old and were silent witnesses of the war of 1812 and the rebellion of 1837-38....

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Lang & Jewell Body Service – 1935

June 20, 2014
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This photo above ran in the Border Cities Star on June 29, 1935: Above picture shows one of a fleet of 15 new palatial highway parlor coaches of modern streamline design. These coaches were upholstered, painted and letter by the Lang & Jewell Body Service, main plant, on Howard avenue. A force of 30...

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The Beeman House – Ouellette and Pitt – c. 1880

June 18, 2014
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From “The Township of Sandwich” the caption reads as follows: THE BEEMAN HOUSE Windsor, Ont., “Dode” Maisonville, Propr. This building waserected in the year 1855, on the Northeast corner of Pitt and Ouellette avenue, by Mrs. Beeman. The contractor was John Shoreland, and Thomas Gray, carpenter and jointer, of Sandwich, did nearly all the...

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1415 Janette Avenue

June 16, 2014
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This factory at 1415 Janette at the corner of Jannette and Ellis, has always made me wonder what it used to be. I recently came across this photo in an ad in the Windsor Star from 1955, showing the new Canadian Plant of Tums. Who knew that Tums were once made in Windsor? The...

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Ouellette and University c. 1925

June 13, 2014
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An interesting shot looking west along London Street (today’s University Ave) from the intersection of Ouellette and London. The Labelle Building is on the left, and the Imperial Bank on the right. In the distance beyond the street car is the Capitol Theatre at Pelissier. A nice snapshot of downtown Windsor about 90 years...

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Downtown Looking West – c. 1905

June 9, 2014
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I believe that the intersection in the lower left hand side is either Pitt and Mercer or Pitt and McDougall. I like this shot, a nice scene showing the bustling little town at the end of Ontario.

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Windsor Water Works

June 6, 2014
Windsor Water Works

From the Township of Sandwich, published in 1907 by Frederick Neal, a photo of the Windsor Water Works. This building was built in 1873 and was on the north side of Riverside Dr at about Langlois. Today only the late built (1914) pump house remains standing. The water works were replaced in the late...

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Pearl’s Dress Studio

June 4, 2014
Pearl’s Dress Studio

A few weeks back, while doing some work in my house, I uncovered this long forgotten Gift Certificate worth $5.00 for Pearl’s Dress Studio at 520 Pelissier in Downtown Windsor. This never redeemed Gift Certificate has probably spent most of the last 45 years hidden out of sight. A neat little piece of history.

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Shore Acres – c. 1910

June 2, 2014
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This is a postcard view titled Shore Acres. The post card view is of the area of Riverside between Bridge and Rankin, what was once the old Rankin homestead. It was home to Col. Rankin until his death in 1893. This building burned down in 1925. That same year, a new building was erected...

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Wyandotte Street – 1912

May 30, 2014
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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? See you back here Monday for...

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