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October 1, 2014

Hey everyone, just a quick note to let you know that there is no post today. Having a few little technical details on the server side to deal with today. Regular posting resumes Friday.

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W.E. & L.S. Railway – Car # 507 – 1939

September 29, 2014
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Photo © from the Collection of Bernie Drouillard Back in 2008 in this post, we took a look at the Windsor, Essex and Lake Shore Rapid Railway. In that post you can see the cars being shipped out of town. While the other post shows pictures from December, 1939, this one dates to August...

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Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery

September 26, 2014
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A few shots today that were taken last week at the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery. This is the final resting place of a large number of Windsorites who never came home. If you’ve never been to a War cemetery in Europe, it’s hard to describe, and the pictures don’t do it justice. It’s very...

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Red Beach – Dieppe France

September 24, 2014
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A week ago, I had the opportunity to visit Dieppe, France, the site of the disastrous WWII raid that took place on August 19, 1942. The monument above, also has a twin that sits in Dieppe Park in downtown Windsor. Red Beach was the landing site of the Essex Scottish Regiment, and it is...

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Sterling Products Factory Expansion – 1931

September 22, 2014
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Increasing business has forced Sterling Products, Windsor, to again enlarge its factory, thus repeating last year’s performance, when a large addition was made to the same plant. Workmen are shown above busy with the extension. The factory building which once made Aspirin, is still standing on Elliott St W, just west of Crawford. View...

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British-American Oil Company Storage Plant – 1931

September 19, 2014
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A notable addition to the Border’s growing industrial roster is pictured here – the $250,000 storage plant of the British-American Oil Company, Limited. It is on the Yawkey Farm tract, at Sandwich. Does anyone know if this is where the BP storage place on Matchette Rd is today?

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New Federal Building for 1932

September 17, 2014
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Nearly 52 years ago Windsor celebrated the opening of its new Post Office. During the coming year the now-ancient building will be torn down. Also razed will be the equally decrepit and abandoned Weights and Measures building. Occupying both sites as well as the little park at the rear of the present Post Office,...

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Windsor’s First Greyhound Station

September 15, 2014
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A view of the first Greyhound Station in Windsor, this one was on Ouellette Avenue at the corner of Park Street. The station was located in the Park Building, the space the station occupied is today home to the Downtown Canada Post outlet.The station moved from here to the one on University Avenue and...

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Dougall Super-Highway – 1931

September 12, 2014
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The new super-highway provided by widening Dougall Road this year, supplementing widening of the three subways last year. According to the article to go with the picture, the cost of widening and resurfacing Dougall Ave was $75,000 (about $1.1 million in 2014). The highway was expanded from between the CPR tracks and the Grand...

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Sandwich Foundry – 1931

September 10, 2014
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An old rendering of the Sandwich Foundry company that was once located at the south east corner of Chippewa and Bloomfield. That area today has been replaced by social housing. Anyone out there remember this place at all or when it came down? View Larger Map

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Kennedy Collegiate – 1931

September 8, 2014
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The Hon. W. C. Kennedy Collegiate Institute symbolizes the spirit of the Border Cities. The collegiate is shown here as it is seen from McDougall street and Tecumseh Boulevard, in its setting of deep lawns. The the background is a glimpse of Jackson Park and the old Jockey Club grandstand at the far edge...

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Mario’s Tecumseh & Ouellette – c 1950

September 5, 2014
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A look at the corner of Tecumseh and Ouellette. I can only assume that this building still exists behind the Medical Imaging Centre. Interesting to see part of the old Driving Park Hotel to the rear. I think this may have lived on as the Colonial House in later years, View Larger Map Have...

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St Cecile’s – Riverside – 1931

September 3, 2014
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Another long lost school, this one from the Town of Riverside. St. Cecile’s school. I don’t know a lot about this one, anyone out there know anything about this place? Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!

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St Bernard’s School – East Windsor – 1931

August 29, 2014
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A view of what was then the brand new St Bernard’s School in Est Windsor. This building designed by Albert Lothian still stands, although it is scheduled for demolition and replacement. Have a great long weekend everyone, see you back here Wednesday. No post Monday due to the holiday.

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St Francis School – Sandwich – 1931

August 27, 2014
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A view of the original St Francis School in Sandwich. Located at the corner of Peter and Detroit streets in the west end, this building was replaced by a more modern building in the 1960’s that was built next door on the corner of Donnelly and Detroit. St. Francis was closed a few years...

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Salvation Army Metropole – 1931 – Chatham Street East

August 25, 2014
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This building has come up in discussion over the years, and I finally came across a photo of it in the December 31, 1931 edition of the Border Cities Star. It was located on Chatham Street, just west of the Greyhound/SW&A Bus Station. The site today is replaced by a one story commercial block....

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Erie & McDougall – Christmas 1963

August 22, 2014
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From a Season’s Greeting Ad from December 1963: The new main substation and control centre being built on Erie St. East is constructed on the original foundations of buildings erected in 1914 and 1922. So strong and sound are these foundations that our engineering consultants judged them more than adequate for the new building....

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Sergt. William Lees

August 20, 2014
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As one of the 23d Light Dragoons he served at the Battle of Telavera, in 1809, and at the Battle of Waterloo, under the Duke of Wellington, June 18, 1815. He died Oct 30, 1868 and his remains are interred at St. John’s graveyard. Interesting footnote of History that a veteran of the Napoleonic...

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Medical Arts Building – c. 1935

August 18, 2014
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One of the more interesting and I think overlooked buildings in Windsor is the old Medical Arts building on Ouellette, just south of Erie, opposite Hotel Dieu Hospital. Slowly being renovated into residential units, I’m sure it will be a great place once it’s done. For the life of me though, I cannot understand...

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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
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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
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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
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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 teens¬†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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