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Ferry Dock – c. 1927

Today’s photo comes courtesy of regular reader Mark, it was taken by his grandfather William Rudkin around 1927 from the ferry to Detroit.

The quality and sharpness on those old photographs is simply outstanding. The detail can really take you back in time…

This detail crop of Ouellette and Riverside (sorry about the colour correction… 🙂 ) is interesting as it appears to show a traffic signal cop in the middle of the intersection with a streetcar behind him. The low-rise building behind the cigar sign is still there on Ouellette (home to Wooley Bully’s today), and along with a small part of the Manning House Hotel one block south are the only buildings in the entire photograph still standing.

In 80 years, without even a major catastrophe to blame, we have managed to completely wipe our built heritage from downtown Windsor. Sad.

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