Sandwich Street Looking West – 1895

February 7, 2014
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Image from the SWODA A shot of the south side of today’s Riverside Drive looking west from Ouellette. The front entrance of Merchants Bank building (later the Ritz Hotel) is visible on the right hand side of the photograph. The old Norwich Block is visible on the left hand side, along with the block...

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Ouellette Avenue Looking South – 1895

February 5, 2014
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Image from the SWODA Today’s shot features an neat view looking south along Ouellette Avenue from today’s Riverside Drive. The photo was likely taken from the British American Hotel. Of note is the old open street car Number 22 riding up Ouellette Avenue.

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Central Fire Hall – Pitt Street – 1895

February 3, 2014
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Image from the University of Windsor SWODA A view of the first Central Fire Hall on Pitt Street at McDougall. The photo above dates to 1895, probably not too long after the station was built. It was replaced in 1928 by the second Fire Headquarters featured here, which was again replaced in 1969.

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401 Bruce Avenue

January 31, 2014
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Photo from Google Streetview Driving through downtown Windsor the other week, I noted that this place, that sat at the south west corner of Bruce and Park was just a vacant lot. Photo from Google Streetview While the front suffered from a bad siding job, a view along the Park Street side revealed a...

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Missing Wednesday

January 29, 2014

Hey everyone, sorry about today. I had done all of the posts this month ahead of time… but apparently I forgot about today. Posting will resume Friday.

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Elmwood Casino – 1984

January 27, 2014
Elmwood Casino – 1984

The photo above ran in the Detroit News in January 1984. It accompanied a story on the conversion of the old Elmwood Casino into Brentwood. This photograph shows the original entrance to the 1940′s dining room and lounge. The original entrance featured tile mosaic trees. All of this entrance way has been covered over,...

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St Mary’s Demolition Prep Work – 1977

January 24, 2014
St Mary’s Demolition Prep Work – 1977

This photograph, taken in April, 1977 shows the rear of St Mary’s academy in South Windsor as the bottom floor was opened up to allow the demolition company to set the charges used to implode the building. Such a grand building, I know I’ve said it before, time and again, but it’s such a...

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Detroit – Windsor Tunnel Construction – 1929

January 22, 2014
Detroit – Windsor Tunnel Construction – 1929

Today’s picture shows the construction of the tunnel on the Windsor side, this is looking north towards Detroit, Park Street crosses right there. Note the big old house on the left hand side behind the armouries. That house is today a parking lot. Windsor at one time had an amazing amount of architecture.

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Windsor Assembly Plant – 1984

January 20, 2014
Windsor Assembly Plant – 1984

This photo was taken in February, 1984, 30 years ago next month, and it shows the assembly line making Chrysler’s “all new mini-van”. Hard to believe three decades later, the old mini-van is still rolling off the line.

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Walkerville Bank Of Montreal – 1959

January 17, 2014
Walkerville Bank Of Montreal – 1959

Today’s photo shows the Walkerville branch of the Bank of Montreal at Wyandotte and Chilver on June 9, 1959, following a daylight bank robbery in which a Windsor police office was shot. A good description of the robbery can be found here on the Walkerville Times website. The building, built in 1912 as the...

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Ouellette Avenue & Chatham Street – c. 1925

January 15, 2014
Ouellette Avenue & Chatham Street – c. 1925

A different view today. This postcard shows Ouellette Avenue looking south. In the foreground to the left is what’s under the blue metal siding of the Shanfields-Meyers China Shop. The old Bank of Montreal Building can be seen on the south side of Chatham Street.To the left is the old Vital Ouellette house, which...

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Downtown Windsor – 1971

January 13, 2014
Downtown Windsor – 1971

This view of Ouellette Avenue, taken in September, 1971, is looking north east towards the intersection of Ouellette and University. The old Place Theatre is visible on the right hand side. Hope everyone had a good weekend!

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Detroit Civic Center – 1976

January 10, 2014
Detroit Civic Center – 1976

Across the river today to the north shore for an interesting look at Hart Plaza and the RenCen under construction in this photo taken in March, 1976. Visible in the foreground is the fairly recently demolished Ford Auditorium. Have a great weekend everyone, see you back here Monday.

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Lincoln Road – c. 1905

January 8, 2014
Lincoln Road – c. 1905

An interesting old postcard shot showing what I believe to be the last block of Lincoln Road looking north towards Riverside Dr and the river. It looks like a nice quiet small town road. Looks like the house with the turret is still there too… Have a good Wednesday everyone!

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Windsor Rail Yard – 1985

January 6, 2014
Windsor Rail Yard – 1985

This snowy shot looking north towards Detroit, shows the CP rail yards. It was taken in January, 1985. Speaking of snow, drive safely today if you’re going out… I for one am sick of winter.

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St Mary’s – c 1928

January 3, 2014
St Mary’s – c 1928

Hope everyone had a nice holiday. Up today is a neat old postcard from shortly after construction, with a neat view of the tower of St. Mary’s Academy. This was quite the building, it’s a shame that it met the wrecking ball. See you back here Monday. Enjoy the first weekend of 2014! Here’s...

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Merry Christmas – 1963

December 23, 2013
Merry Christmas – 1963

50 years ago Heinz was wishing everyone a merry Christmas with this full page ad in the Windsor Star. Sadly Heinz had full page news for all the wrong reasons in 2013. As the holidays fall upon us, I just want to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa or Happy...

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The Sun Parlor of Canada – c. 1945

December 20, 2013
The Sun Parlor of Canada – c. 1945

Today is a neat old colour slide shot in the mid 1940′s taken by an unknown tourist as they entered Windsor from the tunnel. A nice glimpse of the old Price Edward hotel to the left, and look at all the towns that combined on this sign. Today regional cooperation remains just a dream…...

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1160 Albert Road

December 18, 2013
1160 Albert Road

From the 1948 Windsor Daily Star… The Garden Tractor and Equipment Company, Ltd., 1164 Albert road, shown above … The plant shown here is far too small for the rapidly expanding business of the company and since early last January negotiaions have been held with Ottawa in an apptempt to expand in Windsor the...

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1380 Ypres

December 16, 2013
1380 Ypres

One of the more unique houses in Windsor was featured in the review of the 1948 residential construction, being noted as one of the “higher-priced private homes” built in 1948. The house was featured with it’s own little photograph. Located on Ypres and Moy, this unique house, is unlike any others in Windsor. It’s...

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2014 IM Calendar

December 13, 2013
2014 IM Calendar

Just a reminder that the 2014 IM Calendar is available for purchase in the IM Shop and in person at both BIBLIOASIS – 1520 Wyandotte Street East in Windsor – 519-968-2206 and also at RINO’S KITCHEN & ALE HOUSE – 131 Elliott Street West in Windsor – 519-962-8843 They make a great last minute...

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Ambassador Bridge – November 1929

December 11, 2013
Ambassador Bridge – November 1929

A photo of the bridge taken in 1929 before it opened. This shot is looking east towards downtown. Windsor is on the right hand side. Construction is winding down, but there is still a crane of some type on top of each tower. The best part of this picture is the glimpse of the...

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Assumption College – c. 1960

December 9, 2013
Assumption College – c. 1960

Once again Dillon Hall surfaces, this time on an old postcard from about 1960. A handsome building, this Albert Lothian designed school building has been featured on promotional materials and postcards since it was built. It really is one of Windsor’s iconic structures.

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2014 Calendar

December 6, 2013
2014 Calendar

Just a reminder that the 2014 IM Calendar is available for purchase in the IM Shop. Don’t delay, they make a great gift, and supplies are limited. Order today, they make a great Christmas present!

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Windsor Court

December 4, 2013
Windsor Court

A nice view today of the Windsor Court Apartment Building at 1616 Ouellette Avenue. Designed by Toronto architects Craig & Madill, it opened in 1927. More on the building can be found here in a post from 2009.

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Sunken Gardens – c. 1940

December 2, 2013
Sunken Gardens – c. 1940

Happy Monday everyone, up today is a view of the sunken gardens, in what was then the fairly new Jackson Park, with a view of Kennedy Collegiate Institute in the background. Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Hard to believe this is the first post of December, almost another year gone…

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St Mary’s Garden – 1914

November 29, 2013
St Mary’s Garden – 1914

To close out the week, here’s a shot of the statue of St. Anthony found in the garden of St. Mary’s. This shot was taken on the north side of the property, near Ouellette and Park. An interesting view of the Windsor Armouries can be seen in the background, back when the building was...

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St Mary’s Library – 1914

November 27, 2013
St Mary’s Library – 1914

Sticking with St. Mary’s again today, while I’ve seen a number of pictures of the outside of the building, I think this might be the first time I’ve seen a shot of the inside. This view shows us the library, which still seems to be decorated in a Victorian Style on the eve of...

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St Mary’s Academy – 1914

November 25, 2013
St Mary’s Academy – 1914

A nice view of the front of the old St. Mary’s Academy on Ouellette Avenue and Park. The photo was taken as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the school in 1914. This was actually the second school building, and this one was replaced by the one in South Windsor in 1928. This...

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It Makes A Great Gift

November 22, 2013
It Makes A Great Gift

Just a little more than a month to go until Christmas. The one gift that everyone needs? A calendar. The 2014 International Metropolis calendar makes a great gift, for you or someone else. They’re available now in the shop, and very soon they may be available in select retail outlets. This is a limited...

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