Photo Du JourWindsor

Synagogue Hunting

I was looking over an old map, and it showed on Hickory, just south of Whelpton in the Ford City area of Windsor, the Ford City Synagogue. Well this is the first reference I’ve ever seen to a Synagogue on that side of town, and if you are familiar with the area at all, you will know that commercial building become residential over there very easily. I thought the chance of the buiding still…
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Photo Du JourWindsor

Canadian Motor Lamp Factory

This factory building on Seminole Street in Windsor is another relic of automotive history. Despite being overlooked as a blown out piece of crap, this factory was home to the Canadian Motor Lamp Company. An early “tier one” supplier, CML provided headlamp and…
Photo Du JourWindsor

Seagrave Factory

This run down red brick building on Walker Rd. in Windsor has thousands of cars pass it every day. Most of the time, proably little thought is given to it’s historical importance. Built around 1905, this building was used to assemble the first motorized fire engines in Canada. The northern section of this building was the original portion of the factory. It was likely expanded as…
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Old PhotographsWindsor

Ottawa Street - 1940's

Here’s an interesting shot of Ottawa Street looking west from Langlois towards Parent from the mid 1940’s. A gas station still occupies that corner. I’ve been scanning/cleaing up lots of old area black & whites. I will be posting them next…
Photo Du JourPostcardsWindsor

Then & Now 1911 - 2006

I came across this postcard a few years ago. It was simply marked “Walkerville, Ont.” and postmarked 1911. No other details. Luckily the former town of Walkerville was fairly small in land size. The town was only 5 blocks wide, but several miles long.
Photo Du JourWindsor

Master Motor Car Co. Ltd.

This building has always been a mystery. Located on McDougall just south of Wyandotte St. in Windsor This building was at least a showroom, but was it also a factory at one point? Pink on the maps usually indicated industrial buildings. You can see behind the Veteran Plumbing sign, remnants of “Hudson Service”. A faded sign painted on the side facing Wyandotte St. also refernces…
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Photo Du JourWindsor

Seminole Street Hydro Sub-Station

Seeing as this past weekend was very nice, and my camera was crying due to neglect, I headed out with a friend to do some shooting. As we were wandering around shooting the Seminole Industrial area, we heraded over to this Streamlined Moderne beauty. John pointed out that…
Photo Du JourWindsor

More Windsor Mid-Century

Today’s Photo Du Jour brings us another creation from the Windsor firm of Johnson & McWhinnie. I spent a little time at the Windsor library this past weekend trying to uncover a little information about the firm. Despite searching through microfilm, all that I…