The British-American Brewery – 1939

September 4, 2013
The British-American Brewery – 1939

Hope everyone had a great long weekend! Today’s photo comes from from the Windsor Daily Star – December 30, 1939. It is looking south east at the corner of Sandwich (now Riverside) and Bruce. Windsor’s big industries in every line keep pace with the pressing demands of business. The British-American Brewery’s ambitious scheme for...

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Pitt and Ferry – 1958

August 30, 2013
Pitt and Ferry – 1958

Happy Friday, happy long weekend! Today’s photo is looking south east at the corner of Pitt and Ferry. This was taken during a visit to Windsor by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. The caption to the photo reads as follows: SIDEWALK SUPERINTENDENTS – Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker, gloves in hand, stands in the middle...

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Madrid Motor Hotel – 2530 Ouellette Avenue

August 28, 2013
Madrid Motor Hotel – 2530 Ouellette Avenue

From the back of the card: MADRID MOTOR HOTEL Ph. Area 519, 252-7743 2530 Ouellette Avenue WINDSOR, Ontario, Canada Only 4 minutes from the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel exit, on Highway 3B, leading to Highway 401. Dining room with excellent cuisine. Banquet facilities. Pool. All inside corridors. Carpeted throughout. Direct dial telephone. Bath tub and shower....

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Salt Mine – 1940

August 26, 2013
Salt Mine – 1940

From the collection of John Morand This shot is looking north towards the river. Sandwich street crosses in the middle of the picture. Nearly every building in the picture on the north side of Sandwich is gone today. From the collection of John Morand Oddly enough, part of this one survives… Photo from 2007...

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New Windsor Salt Office – 1953

August 23, 2013
New Windsor Salt Office – 1953

From the collection of John Morand A few shots of the “new” office building on Prospect street, opened in 1953. This picture shows the grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony. From the collection of John Morand This one shows a full parking lot, and is probably taken on a regular work day, it’s dated 1952, so...

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More Salt Mines

August 21, 2013
More Salt Mines

From the collection of John Morand A couple of more today from John’s family collection. This is the only underground photo in the collection, it is undated, but I’m going to put it around 1953/1954. From the collection of John Morand This one is dated 1954 and shows a view looking toward Sandwich Street....

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Windsor Salt Trucker Strike – 1953

August 19, 2013
Windsor Salt Trucker Strike – 1953

From the collection of John Morand A neat photo today. This one is noted as being the trucker strike in 1953. I suppose the police were called in to keep the peace. A couple of interesting shots showing good details of the old cars and uniforms. From the collection of John Morand From the...

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Canada Salt – Riverside Drive

August 16, 2013
Canada Salt – Riverside Drive

From the collection of John Morand The picture above is dated 1910 and shows a side view of the Canada Salt comapny on the property today occupied by CBC at Riverside and Crawford. From the collection of John Morand This photo is dated 1915 and is taken probably from today’s University Avenue overpass, looking...

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Ojibway Conveyor – 1957

August 14, 2013
Ojibway Conveyor – 1957

From the collection of John Morand Today’s photos come to us as a submission from regular reader and commentor JBM. These photos were in his father’s collection and his Great Uncle was an executive with the Salt Company. These two photos were dated 1957 and show the Ojibway conveyor. Interesting to note the “Town...

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Action Hobbies Rail Slideshow # 13 – August 24 – 7:30 pm

August 12, 2013
Action Hobbies Rail Slideshow # 13 – August 24 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, August 24th, 7.30pm – Action Hobbies hosts Historical Train Slide Show #13 Free admission! We’re pleased to announce the 13th instalment of the ever popular Historical Train Slide Show series. Show #13 will take place on August 24th, 2013 at the shop’s screening space. Showtime is 7.30PM. Show #13′s featured presenter is Pierre...

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American Legion Parade – Goyeau & Park – 1931

August 9, 2013
American Legion Parade – Goyeau & Park – 1931

The caption on the back indicates it was taken for the short lived Detroit Mirror. It is dated September 24, 1931. Reports state that out of the 125,000 Legionnaires who registered at the convention this year, 30,000 of them established temporary residence in Windsor where they could enjoy all the privileges of a Canadian...

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Windsor, Essex & Lakeshore Rapid Railway Powerhouse – Kingsville

August 7, 2013
Windsor, Essex & Lakeshore Rapid Railway Powerhouse – Kingsville

The old WE&LS interurban streetcar line that ran from Windsor to Leamington, via Essex and Kingsville may be a long distant memory, but there are a few small traces of the old network still around today. This building on Park Street in Kingsville down near the harbour, one did duty as the county end...

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Ouellette Avenue – 1927

August 2, 2013
Ouellette Avenue – 1927

Happy Friday! Today’s picture is uncaptioned but is dated June 7, 1927. The sign up in the top left reads “Welcome Police Chiefs”, so there must have been a conference in town. A neat shot looking north up Ouellette Avenue from University. This is my favourite part of the shot. It shows streetcar #...

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Former Canadian Motor Lamp – Demolition Update

July 31, 2013
Former Canadian Motor Lamp – Demolition Update

While this was first mentioned back in November, 2012, the worlds slowest demolition continues… This demolition is best viewed from the side as the facade is so overgrown, it’s hard to see the work that’s occurred on the site. The building is being eaten from the inside out. Catch it before it’s gone.

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Jubilee Fountain – Then and Now

July 29, 2013
Jubilee Fountain – Then and Now

A neat old shot from the archives of the Detroit Publishing Company now residing in the collection of the Library of Congress. This one shows the fountain in all her glory on Devonshire Road, just south of the old Train Station, approximately across the street from today’s Taloola Cafe. This photo dates to about...

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Ferry Docks – 1925

July 26, 2013
Ferry Docks – 1925

No real info on the back of this one. It simply reads: “Scene at Windsor, Ont. Canada”, it’s dated May 26, 1925. Probably take from the intersection of what is today Ouellette and Riverside looking into Dieppe Park, this shot shows the Ferry Terminal at the foot of Ouellette and the retail space in...

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Erie & Goyeau – Part II

July 24, 2013
Erie & Goyeau – Part II

Back in mid June, we featured this block on the corner of Erie and Goyeau. Work has been progressing and the answer to what’s planned is on the sign on the second floor windows. Coming soon: “Erie Street Pharmacy & Medical Centre”

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Detroit-Windsor Bridge Proposal

July 22, 2013
Detroit-Windsor Bridge Proposal

Another postcard view of the proposed international bridge. This one is more of a sketch than the last one which was a colourized version of this drawing. A neat view, and a postcard version I’ve never seen before. Hope everyone had a good weekend.

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Goyeau & Elliott – 1945

July 19, 2013
Goyeau & Elliott – 1945

The photo above was taken September 27, 1945. It was shot by the Detroit Bureau of the Acme Photo Co. It shows Goyeau at Elliott looking north. The caption on the back reads as follows: WINDSOR, ONT. — Hundreds of Detroit drivers form long lines prior to making their way back through the Detroit-Windsor...

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Pitt Street West – c 1885

July 17, 2013
Pitt Street West – c 1885

A neat shot of Pitt Street West looking east. The sign for the “Monroe Gold Cure” is out in front of the Francois Baby House. Interesting to note the wooden plank sidewalks. This view has changed a bit in the last 130 years…

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Ouellette Avenue Looking South – c. 1914

July 15, 2013
Ouellette Avenue Looking South – c. 1914

This shot looking south west from the corner of Riverside and Ouellette was taken from the roof of the old British American hotel (which I don’t think has ever really been featured on here…). You can see the old bank on the corner that will remain in storage for the rest of my life,...

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S.W. & A 451 – 1938

July 12, 2013
S.W. & A 451 – 1938

A neat photo of SW & A Amherstburg Interurban Car # 451. This picture was taken May 5, 1938, the note on it reads that taken prior to scrapping. This car was purchased new in 1924 from the Ottawa Car Company and ran until service on the Ameherstburg line converted to buses. Have a...

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Ojibway Post Office – 1902

July 10, 2013
Ojibway Post Office – 1902

This photo appeared in “Garden Gateway to Canada” from 1954. The caption reads as follows: The Windsor-Amherstburg stage, driven by William Fox, in front of Leo Page’s store and post office, Ojibway. The Page family lived on the second floor. The time is about 1902. You may recall we looked at Leo Page’s later...

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Forest Glade Cinema – Long Gone

July 8, 2013
Forest Glade Cinema – Long Gone

Photo © 2013 Ian Deck Long time reader and commenter Ian Deck, sent along these photos taken last week showing the end of the demolition of the old Forest Glade Cinemas. Another one long gone. While not historic, I’m sure there are a great number of people who grew up on the east side...

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Saturday Night!

July 5, 2013
Saturday Night!

Don’t forget, this Saturday night 7:30 – Action Hobbies in Kingsville, come on out and meet both myself and the real star of the night Bernie Drouillard. Hope to see you there!

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Riverside and Dougall – c. 1953

July 3, 2013
Riverside and Dougall – c. 1953

The picture above appeared in “Garden Gateway to Canada” published for the centennial celebration in 1954. The caption reads as follows: Bakery and home of Mark Richards, southeast corner of Dougall and Sandwich Street, Windsor. Mr Richards was mayor of Windsor in 1862-1863. Strange to think of the downtown core having housing. A neat...

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End Of Grace Hospital

June 28, 2013
End Of Grace Hospital

I took this photo last Thursday, and for some reason forgot to post it earlier this week… The news I heard earlier that the entire structure is now down, reminded me about this picture. This was the last stand. A lot of history gone… Have a safe and happy Canada Day weekend everyone! Because...

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Windsor Fairgrounds – 1913

June 26, 2013
Windsor Fairgrounds – 1913

The picture above, taken about 1913, was taken from “Garden Gateway to Canada”. It shows the corner of Ouellette and Tecumseh, and the site today occupied by the Jackson Park Gates. While it was part of the Windsor Driving Park, the horse track that one occupied the site, these were the Fairgrounds Buildings/Exhibition Hall...

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Sandwich Street Walkerville – c. 1917

June 24, 2013
Sandwich Street Walkerville – c. 1917

A neat view of Sandwich Street, now Riverside Drive just east of Devonshire. The Canadian Club brand centre on the left hand side is still standing, but everything else is long gone. It’s a shame all the trees are gone too.

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Harrison Memorial Church – 810 Mercer

June 21, 2013
Harrison Memorial Church – 810 Mercer

One thing that I always find interesting about the old part of the city is the amount of small neighbourhood churches. Harrison Memorial Church at Cataraqui and Mercer is once such church. The cornerstone on this building reads “Ontario Church of God in Christ – 1965″. It’s funny how the small neighbourhood churches are...

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