Lost WindsorOld PhotographsWindsor

Ferry Dock - Looking South - c. 1912

A neat shot, and one from a perspective rarely seen, this one taken from the ferry, looking south towards today’s Riverside Drive (then Sandwich Street). At the corner of Riverside and Ouellette, a banner proclaims “Windsor Races Today”, for the Horse Races at the Jockey Club, which was located at the site of what is today Jackson Park and Kennedy Collegiate Institute. The…
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Begley Public School - 2003

Driving along Assumption the other day I passed the new Begley Public School. It got me to thinking about how even recently lost building can quickly be forgotten and disappear from memory. It’s easy to forget the old Begley Public School that once stood on the same…
Old Newspaper StoriesOld PhotographsWindsor

Rinshed Mason Company of Canada Ltd - Wyandotte & Crawford - 1954

From the Windsor Star – May 8, 1954 Out of the ashes of one of the largest fires Windsor has ever seen has arisen the most modern paint manufacturing company in Canada. The Rinshed-Mason Company, renamed following the fire, to succeed the old Standard Paint and Varnish Company, was rebuilt and formally reopened exactly one year to the day following an early morning explosion that rocked…
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Ouellette Looking South c. 1940

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s an old shot looking south along Ouellette from near the present day intersection with University. The building in the foreground to the left is the old Palace Theatre building, demolished in the mid 1980’s. Next to that is the…
Essex CountyOld Photographs

Amherst Distillers Office - c. 1927

Today is a view of the offices of the Amherst Distillers. I am assuming that this place was the factory that today is known as Diageo Canada? As I have said many times, my Essex County knowlege is minimal, so tell me readers, who knows anything about this place? I’m…
Lost WindsorOld Newspaper StoriesOld PhotographsWindsor

Where 40,000 Volumes Await Readers - 1925

This picture above shows the old Carnegie Library at Park & Victoria in September, 1925. A library is a sort of “poor man’s college” where books and volumes of every kind under the sun are loaned to borrowers. This photo shows a portion of the Windsor Public Library, which houses over 40,000 volumes, and possesses a patronage that is growing steadily, year by year. The…
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Ford of Canada - 1915

Today’s post shows the inside of the Ford assembly plant on the Windsor waterfront from 1915. This photograph shows the Model T assembly line and a few partially built Model T’s. The assembly plant was designed by Albert Kahn, who by then was becoming well known…
Lost WindsorOld PhotographsWindsor

Ouellette & Chatham - 1920

Today’s shot is looking at the southeast corner of Ouellette & Chatham in the spring of 1920. This shot shows the then newish Merchant’s Bank on the corner, with the former Ouellette House, that once stood on the corner, just to the east. A busy spring…