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Sunnyside Hotel

The Sunnyside Hotel in Lasalle is featured in this postcard postmarked from 1934. During Prohibition the Sunnyside was one of the many popular places you could still get a drink. It was a regular hangout for Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang, Jean Harlow also paid a visit during prohibition. The Tavern was also a notorious Gambling Den, with rooms set up for blackjack, slots and craps. Sadly…
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Routley's Motel - 1954

Think about how great it would be after a long day on the road to go kick back in the television lounge. 🙂 This place was located at Walker and Division, where the Applebee’s is located today. I seem to recall the restaurant building (the lower building pictured in…
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Old Ford Postcard

Here’s an older postcard view of the Ford Factory I recently added to my collection, it has a very strange green tint to it for some reason…. The postcard dates to the late 30’s early 40’s, and I have no idea what that huge expanse of land is in the…
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Home Bank Building

The former Home Bank building at Wyandotte and Windermere is one of my favourite buildings in Walkerville, and the western anchor of what is perhaps our best looking and most intact historic commercial block. This postcard view is from Walkerville Publishing’s Postcards From The Past. A great book, if you don’t have a copy, it really is a must have for history fans. This view above…
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Oddfellows Hall

One of the buildings I’ve always wondered about was the former I.O.O.F. (International Order Of Oddfellows) hall at Wyandotte St. & Dufferin. It was designed by Windsor architect J.C. Pennington c. 1915. The photo above comes from a postcard c. 1920. This postcard view is postmarked 1916. This is a shot from a photo album dated 1920. Looking east along Wyandotte St. from…
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Top Hat - Part I

Once upon a time, Windsor was the King of Entertainment. Supper-Clubs with big-name entertainment was common, among the biggest were the Elmwood (covered recently here, here and here), The Metropole and the Top Hat (which we looked at back in May). Today we look at some…