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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The Grotto at St Mary’s – c 1940

April 28, 2014
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A fixture of South Windsor was the grotto behind St Mary’s Academy. I have heard stories before from lots of different people who grew up in South Windsor who have memories of playing in and around the grotto. Anyone out there have any stories to share?

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Action Hobbies Kingsville’s Historical Train Slide Show #15 this Saturday, April 26th, 2014 @ 7.30PM

April 25, 2014
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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, head on out to Kingsville for the ever popular Historical Slide Show. Tomorrow Saturday, April 26th, 7.30pm – Action Hobbies hosts Historical Train Slide Show #15 featuring a special “double presentation” by returning presenter Helmut Ostermann from Waterloo, Ontario. Free admission, as always! Helmut will...

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Ojibway Tornado – June 17, 1946

April 23, 2014
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OJIBWAY, ONT – An unidentified man sits dejectedly amid the ruin caused by the tornado which struck here yesterday evening (6/17). CREDIT (ACME PHOTO) 6/17/46 Today’s photo comes from longtime reader Luc B., who sent along this photo and wondered if anyone recognized the unidentified man in the photo? I hope everyone had a...

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Metropole Tavern – c. 1960

April 16, 2014
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An old postcard shot looking south on Walker Road at Niagara Street in Walkerville. It shows what was then the Metropole Tavern, it was more recently known as Big Tony’s after a long run as California’s. A detail shot of the great old neon sign that once graced the facade of this old watering...

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Oak Ridge Golf Club – Sandwich – c. 1909

April 14, 2014
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An old postcard showing the clubhouse of the Oak Ridge Golf Club which was located in Sandwich on the Yawkey and Freeman farm. The club moved shortly after this photo to what is today’s Mic Mac Park on Prince rd, before moving out to their present home, under their new name as the Essex...

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Patterson Collegiate Institute

April 11, 2014
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A few shots of Windsor’s first secondary school. Located on Goyeau and Elliot, directly across the street from where today you will find the Central Fire Hall. The site today is unsurprisingly a parking lot. The photo above was taken around 1920, while below is a postcard view from around the same era. The...

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King Edward School – Walkerville – c. 1910

April 9, 2014
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The original Albert Kahn designed school, built in 1906. It was located on Chilver Rd, on a block bounded by Chilver, Cataraqui, Windermere and Niagara in old Walkerville. The building was demolished in 1997 and was replaced with a modern box. Token architectural features were incorporated into the new building, but this classic was...

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Kildare & Niagara – c. 1908

April 7, 2014
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A neat shot of Kildare Road looking south towards Niagara from St. Mary’s Gate. On the right hand side are two houses. The closest one is today 873 Kildare, and is known as the Rideout-Parson House. Originally built for the manager of the Bank of Commerce up on Devonshire. The house was built around...

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Proposed Civic Centre Plan – 1952

April 4, 2014
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From the Windsor Daily Star – December 29, 1952: Board of Control recently took the initial step in what could be one of the greatest civic projects Windsor has ever seen. The board moved to expropriate downtown riverfront land for Civic Centre development and the Civic Auditorium, proposed by the Centennial Birthday Festival committee,...

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Sofo’s – University Ave – 2002

April 2, 2014
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Here’s a throwback on this lovely Wednesday, going back to the corner of University and Victoria, about 12 years ago. There used to be a Sofo’s Greek restaurant on site that’s today a parking lot immediately west of Phog.

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