2014 International Metropolis Calendars Are In!

October 25, 2013
2014 International Metropolis Calendars Are In!

The 2014 Edition of the Calendar is in! This year I’ve got a new supplier, so that means they’re a little different… They’re no longer coil bound… The interior calendar grid is a little different… And this year they are a 13 month Calendar instead of the usual 12 months. So this will keep...

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The Ambassador Traffic Bridge

October 23, 2013
The Ambassador Traffic Bridge

A neat old rendering of the bridge from 1927. The caption reads: The Longest Single Span in the World, linking the Border Cities with Detroit, now under construction, to be formally opened in September, 1929.

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Bartlet Building Annex – 1927

October 21, 2013
Bartlet Building Annex – 1927

An old image of the Bartlet Building Annex, from a chamber of commerce publication in 1927. The original Bartlet building is immediately east, while the taller annex building was built in 1924, and designed by David J. Cameron & William M. Ralston. Interesting to note that the Chamber of Commerce was once made up...

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University & Victoria – 1972

October 18, 2013
University & Victoria – 1972

A shot of the ground floor banking space in the Metropolitan Building from an ad that was published in 1972. A neat shot of the corner when it was occupied. The last tenant that I can remember was the HSCB bank, that has since moved to the old Krispy Kreme doughnut shop on Howard...

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Carnegie Library – c. 1970

October 16, 2013
Carnegie Library – c. 1970

A shot of the interior of the Carnegie Library at Park and Victoria. The building was built in 1903, and was demolished following the opening of the new Central Library Branch on Ouellette Avenue in 1973.

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I.O.D.E. Hospital – Prince Road – 1972

October 11, 2013
I.O.D.E. Hospital – Prince Road – 1972

Above is a shot, of what was being used in 1972 as the regional children’s centre on the grounds of the I.O.D.E. Hospital, which was later Western Hospital, and is today known as the Tayfour Campus of Windsor Regional Hospital. The Building above originally opened as part of the Essex County Sanitorium which relocated...

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Scale Model of the Metropolitan Hospital Expansion – 1972

October 9, 2013
Scale Model of the Metropolitan Hospital Expansion – 1972

A view today of the architect’s scale model of the expansion of Met Hospital. The expansion that made the hospital look like it did above was done in 1974, and brought the hospital from 360 beds to 507 beds. Another expansion in the more recent past in 2005 gave us the hospital we have...

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Simpsons-Sears Devonshire Mall – 1972

October 7, 2013
Simpsons-Sears Devonshire Mall – 1972

Happy Monday, here’s a neat ad for the newish Simpsons-Sears store at Devonshire Mall, dated from 1972. The ad indicates that the store opened in September, 1970, and features a nice rendering of the store.

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Coming Soon – 2014 IM Calendar

October 4, 2013
Coming Soon – 2014 IM Calendar

Hey guys, just a heads up that the 2014 calendars are going to press in the next few days. Details and pricing to follow. There’s a new supplier this year and it will likely result in a price decrease over last year’s calendar. This one will also be a 13 month calendar unlike the...

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Highway Tavern – 1969

October 2, 2013
Highway Tavern – 1969

Image courtesy Chris Edwards, Walkerville Publishing Today’s picture comes courtesy of Chris Edwards of Walkerville Publishing, it shows a view looking east along Wyandotte Street from the intersection with Dougall. The Highway Tavern, the subject of Monday’s post is visible on the left. Thanks to Chris for sending this image along.

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HighwayTavern – 592 Dougall

September 30, 2013
HighwayTavern – 592 Dougall

The old Highway Tavern at the corner of Wyandotte and Dougall, which oddly enough actually has a Dougall Avenue municipal address, is likely not long for this world. This old place, built into a large old residential property, recently had a demolition permit requested. The 1923 directory lists it as a side by side...

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Willistead – 1906

September 27, 2013
Willistead – 1906

A nice old shot from the Library of Congress showing the Albert Kahn designed Willistead Manor. Interesting to see the original landscaping, before the grounds became the park it is today. An interesting detail shot, there’s a glimpse of a worker there…. As well as you can see the steeple of the original St....

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Pitt Street Looking East – 1920

September 25, 2013
Pitt Street Looking East – 1920

Happy Wednesday everyone! A neat shot looking east down Pitt Street towards Ouellette. The street car at the end of the shot is on the other side of Ouellette and was the W.E. & L.S. car to the county. The closest building on the left beside the car is the real estate office of...

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The Crawford House – 1920

September 22, 2013
The Crawford House – 1920

This photograph shown above shows the Crawford House hotel that was situated on the north side of Sandwich Street (today’s Riverside Drive) at Ferry. The hotel was owned by Alexander Crawford, the namesake of Crawford Avenue on the near west side, and originally a native of Montreal. The Crawford House was built in 1875,...

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New Homes on Randolph – 1919

September 18, 2013
New Homes on Randolph – 1919

From the Border Cities Era June 7, 1919: View of Randolph avenue in Sandwich, showing construction work on 20 homes that are being erected by the Border Cities Builders, Limited, recently incorporated with a capital of $40,000. Randolph avenue is located in the choice residential section that embraces the rapidly growing district between Windsor...

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916 Buckingham – The Hollywood Model Home

September 16, 2013
916 Buckingham – The Hollywood Model Home

From the Windsor Daily Star, June 25, 1955: This beautiful Hollywood Home is the direct result of many years of study and intense planning by a prominent California architect. The interior consists of 3 spacious bedrooms, huge 24-ft. living room with dining area, step saving kitchen with side door entrance leading to carport, studio...

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School At Amherstburg – 1923

September 13, 2013
School At Amherstburg – 1923

From the December, 1923 issue of “Construction” is the picture above. Unfortunately there is no other information about the location. As I’ve said before, I’m severely lacking in my knowledge of the county. Does anyone recognize the building? Is it still around? The only notations with the picture are: Architect, Norman McEvers, Windsor and...

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Tecumseh & St Anne – Tecumseh – c. 1953

September 11, 2013
Tecumseh & St Anne – Tecumseh – c. 1953

Above is a shot of the corner of Tecumseh Road and St. Anne Boulevard in the town of Tecumseh. Here’s the same view about 60 years later. The missing steeple on the church is probably the biggest change to the landscape here. Does anyone know the history of the building on the south east...

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Dillon Hall – 1927

September 9, 2013
Dillon Hall – 1927

From the Border Cities Star – November 15, 1927: Shown here is Assumption College’s $300,000 classroom building, construction work on which has just been completed. The structure fronts Patricia road, but the rear, which faces the other college buildings, is similar in design to the front. It provides Assumption with accommodations for 800 students....

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The Big Tomato – Leamington – Then and Now

September 6, 2013
The Big Tomato – Leamington – Then and Now

The photo above shows the Leamington visitor information booth, better known as “The Big Tomato” about 1965. The booth was built in 1961. Located at the corner of Talbot and Mill Streets. Above is a shot of the booth today, via Google streetview. Click here for a throw back to the 25th birthday in...

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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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