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
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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
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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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Jackson Park – 2013

May 28, 2014
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The other day featured a shot of Jackson Park from 1938 (see below), and above is a shot in the same general direction from 2013, taken last summer. Then and now truly one of Windsor’s great public spaces.

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Water Works Gate

May 26, 2014
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This weekend on a stroll around Jackson Park, this water works gate on the south east corner of Ouellette and Tecumseh caught my eye. It’s interesting to note it’s labeled as the Sandwich Water Works. Now this grate is old. Obviously way older than the intersection, keeping in mind that Ouellette didn’t run through...

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Jackson Park – 1938

May 23, 2014
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A view of the sunken gardens at Jackson Park, taken in 1938, looking east towards Kennedy Collegiate. Note that there’s no pool in the middle of the gardens yet, just a small pond (not visible). Jackson Park is truly one of Windsor’s great public spaces. From the City of Windsor parks history document: Jackson...

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Crawford & University – Then & Now

May 21, 2014
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The site where Grace Hospital once stood is now wiped bare, and the grassy lot gives no clues to what was once there. Back in time a decade to 2004, and the same corner, it’s hard to remember the massive complex that stood on the same site. It’s a shame all those trees were...

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2490 McDougall

May 16, 2014
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The old streamlined moderne factory building at 2490 McDougall is living on borrowed time. The building lost its canopy over the front door, and had many elements painted over and covered up. The building is a non-descript beige. This photo above shows the building in April, 2007. Seven years ago it was still white,...

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Theodule Giradot Esq

May 12, 2014
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THEODULE GIRADOT ESQ Was born at Arthesaus, France, Feb 12, 1824. Appointed to a position on the faculty of Assumption College and was principal of the school for five years, being succeeded by the Basillian Fathers in 1870. In 1871 he was appointed public school inspector for North Essex, and was Mayor of Sandwich...

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Samuel Smith MacDonell Esq

May 9, 2014
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SAMUEL SMITH MacDONELL Was District Clerk in 1850 and 1851, and was Reeve of the Village of Windsor from 1854 to 1857, and elected the first Mayor of Windsor in 1858, and again in the years 1864, 1865, 1866 and 1867; Warden of the County of Essex for the years 1855 and 1856. In...

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J.C. Patterson

May 7, 2014
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The namesake of the late downtown High School Patterson C.I., taken from From Frederick Neal’s “The Township of Sandwich” published in 1909: HON J.C. PATTERSON Represented Essex in the Ontario Legislature in 1875; was warden of Essex in 1878 and was also first elected to the Dominion Parliament the same year. He was Minister...

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2287 Victoria Avenue

May 5, 2014
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I’ve always been a fan of this house at 2287 Victoria Avenue. I like the offset entryway, it’s a more unique design in Windsor residential construction. I don’t know much about the house, the photo above ran in the Border Cities Star in December, 1931, it was identified as being (then 1637 Victoria) the...

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James Dougall Esq

May 2, 2014
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From Frederick Neal’s “The Township of Sandwich” published in 1909: JAMES DOUGALL ESQ Was born in Paisley, Scotland, September 23, 1810, and emigrated to Canada in 1828. Engaged in the mercantile business in Perth and Toronto, and in 1830 moved to Windsor, where he established a general store, acting as agent for the Hudson’s...

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Tecumseh & Pelissier – 1929

April 30, 2014
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Happy Wednesday everyone, and also the last post of April. Today’s shot is looking west East along Tecumseh Road from the intersection of Pelissier (Victoria Ave is the boulevard in the extreme foreground). This shot from September 1929, shows the recently built Kennedy CI on the...

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